Study Abroad For Nursing Students

Summer 2023

Develop a global healthcare perspective while experiencing the customs, history, and traditions of Belize

The two-week Global Health Care study abroad program introduces nursing students to key issues in the field of global health. It will explore the intersections of economics, health, medicine, and social development in the Tropics, with Belize as the focus. The course will help nursing students acquire a basic understanding of the bi-directional relationship between health and development processes and will situate health in its broader, social, economic, and political context.

Instruction will focus on field-based, hands-on learning. Students will explore global health through lectures, cultural activities, and observational clinical experiences. Field visits may include places like local hospitals, community-based clinics, and national health organizations. Students will participate in lectures and discussions with Belizean experts, community leaders, and healthcare professionals.


The course aims to provide nursing students with knowledge and insight into epidemiology, diagnosis, therapy, and prevention of tropical diseases. Subjects will include:

Health indicators

Infectious and non-communicable diseases

Poverty, education, and health

Reproductive health

Child and adolescent health

Global health ethics

The aging  population

Public health and health systems

Human rights-based approach to health

Community-based health approaches

Philanthropy and humanitarian assistance


The Global Health Care study abroad program is a two-week open-enrollment program for nursing students. Admissions are done on a rolling basis. An additional two-week community health nursing clinical internship is also available.

All programs are supervised by licensed U.S. nursing faculty and supported by C.E.L.A. staff in Belize and the United States.

Students in the Global Health Care Program can earn up to 3 college credits for their participation in the program from C.E.L.A’s school of record, Iowa Wesleyan. (Additional fee applies.)

In addition to their coursework, there will also be time for students to explore the history, culture, and beauty of Belize, both with C.E.L.A.-organized excursions and on their own.

C.E.L.A. Belize Mayan


Dates and tuition rates will be released soon.


To receive updates or more information, REQUEST INFO or contact Maureen Buckley at [email protected]


For more than a decade, the Center for Engaged Learning Abroad (C.E.L.A.) has provided academically challenging and transformative pre-health study abroad experiences. After years of organizing faculty-led trips for nursing students, we are excited to offer an open enrollment Global Health Care Program and a Community Health Nursing Clinical Internship in the Summer of 2023.

C.E.L.A. prides itself on its excellent relationships with the local community. In addition to its relationships with local experts and community health workers, C.E.L.A. has a memorandum of understanding with the Belizean Ministry of Health, which is the largest provider of public health services in Belize and is responsible for the oversight of the entire Belizean health sector. Academic credit for C.E.L.A. ‘s programs is available through C.E.L.A.’s U.S. school of record, Iowa Wesleyan.
C.E.L.A. is an American-owned organization with a Belizean staff located in Belize as well as support staff in the United States. All programs are taught by U.S. licensed nursing faculty.


Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, may still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

The Gilman Scholarship offers awards of $5000 for undergraduate study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university. Talk to us about applying!


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Many of our alumni have been successful raising money from friends, family, and community through crowdfunding. Tell your story, share your passion, and people may want to be a part of your adventure and growth!

The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is open to US citizen undergraduate students who are child dependents of active duty service members and receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.