Combining clinical rotations and courses in nursing, the Oxford Brookes University Nursing study abroad program is a unique opportunity to experience hospitals and classes in the United Kingdom. The program offers juniors studying nursing the chance to spend a fall semester experiencing Oxford, learning about British culture, while keeping up with their classes and rotations. Students take two courses in nursing and an additional course during the semester.
Education plays a significant role in the economic and social life of the city, as students have been coming to the city of Oxford to study for over 800 years. The city has storied gothic architecture, beautiful cobblestone streets, and a welcoming mindset. Oxford University, as well as the city’s museums and libraries lie side by side with the shops, offices, churches and houses that make up the commercial center. The city is well adapted to student life, with a compact center dominated by cyclists who often outnumber cars. It is well supplied with pubs, cafés and restaurants and the full range of shops are within easy reach. A few minutes' walk takes you to the tranquil greenery of the University Parks, Christ Church Meadow, or the Botanic Garden, while London is only an hour away
Did you know…?
The Oxford Brookes University – University of Pennsylvania nursing program study abroad partnership celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017!
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Minimum of a C in NURS 163 and NURS 164 (Integrated Anatomy, Physiology and Physical Assessment I and II) prior to departure.
Other Requirements: Relevant course background prerequisites. No outstanding incompletes in any course at the time of application. Meet with Dr. Sarah Kagan to discuss the program during application.
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A full course load at Oxford Brookes University Nursing consists of 3 classes and a clinical placement. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
Students take NURS 245 - Nursing of Young and Middle-Aged Adults, NURS 255 - Nursing of Older Adults, and, with pre-approval, one of the following: a free elective, sector requirement, or an independent study. Please note that in order to remain on track in the BSN program, students must take NURS 230 Introduction to Statistics (or STAT 111 equivalent) during either their sophomore year or the summer prior to the fall in which they study abroad.
In late-April/early-May prior to each student’s departure from campus, a total of six (6) clinical simulation modules must be successfully completed in order to participate in the exchange. The students will work in small groups, or one-on-one with a lab instructor, in order to complete each module. The student is subject to the Brunner Health Care Lab Evaluation and Grading Policy. Failure to pass any or all of the six modules will result in the rescinding of admission to the exchange program.
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
Grades are reported to Penn on the Oxford Brookes University scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
Penn students studying at Oxford Brookes University have access to a wide range of student activities, clubs, and events through the Brookes Union.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
Students are guaranteed housing and will live in single en suite rooms on or near campus. There are multiple sites, and many of them included catered dining options. Each hall has
Information regarding accommodation can be found here and here.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.
AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship: Merit-based scholarship awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share how the scholarship helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions. The award is £500 for a semester abroad or £1,000 for a full year.
BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.
For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.
To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.