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NLN Center of Excellence

Cultural Immersion

Learning beyond borders.

The College of Nursing and Public Health offers many opportunities for you to learn outside of the classroom. And you can experience other cultures through our service-learning engagements abroad.

Programs led by Adelphi nursing and public health faculty are offered during the January intersession and spring break session. These short-term study abroad programs have limited enrollment.

Upcoming Trips


Culture, Health and Healing in Botswana

During this unique program, participants will travel to Botswana with Adelphi faculty and explore cultural factors impacting health and healing, such as education, socioeconomic conditions and healthcare policies of the country during a service experience.


Students will work collaboratively with NGOs (non-government organizations) in order to learn about the culture of Botswana and to interact with local residents in a variety of settings.

This two-week service-learning program will include leisure trips at the end.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact professors Clarilee Hauser or Ditsapelo McFarland.

Past Trips

Spring Break

Transcultural Experience on Native American Reservation in Arizona

In this 1-credit course, you will explore the culture, socioeconomic and healthcare issues, and provide care for Native Americans by partnering with established healthcare programs offered for the Hopi and Diné/Navajo Indian tribes. The Navajo, or Diné, believe they are an extension of the Earth and treat the land with the utmost respect. Today, the Navajo are striving to sustain a viable economy for an ever-increasing population. There is also a need for community service assistance to continue this most important part of American life.

On Site in Costa Rica

This 1-credit course, offered each year, exposes you to all types of patients, where you will provide healthcare in the home, in schools and in makeshift clinics. You will be immersed in Costa Rican culture, as it relates to healing, medicine, patient teaching, healthy nutrition and healthcare practices. And this year, nurse practitioner students are welcome. The course is open only to nursing and public health students who successfully completed NUR 391 and 392.



Through the exchange program with Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, you will gain insight into and hands-on experiences of traditional Chinese medicine, massage and acupuncture, as well as firsthand knowledge of contemporary Chinese culture and thought-provoking history. Taught in English, this 3-credit course can fulfill the University learning goal of global citizenship, or can be used as a non-nursing elective. 

Service Learning Experience in Guatemala
During this nine-day service trip to Guatemala, you will be immersed in Mayan culture, learning about the Guatemalan people, language and traditions while working directly with the people of Panajachel on the shore of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. The 1-credit course fulfills the University leaning goal of global citizenship or can be used as an elective.
»View a video slideshow of a recent Adelphi trip (video created by the Mayan Families community development program).

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For further information, please contact:

Center for International Education
Nexus Building, Room 145
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