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The Southern Connecticut State University

Department of Nursing Presents:

The 2016 International Field Study in...

 Changsha Badge



(Not running this year)

The SCSU in China program provides nursing students a unique opportunity to study global healthcare abroad, within a developing, culturally-diverse population. Students will be introduced to the theoretical foundations of global healthcare, which include:

  • Nursing care as related to health, illness and culture
  • Relevant research with a focus in cultural issues
  • Global diversity and healthcare delivery
  • Communication of care in global communities
  • Health disparities across culturally-diverse communities and populations
  • Biological bases for health
  • Incorporation of culturally-competent nursing practices

Students will identify how cultural issues and global diversity impact the delivery of healthcare. They will reflect on their own feelings, beliefs and behaviors regarding working with diverse and vulnerable populations. SCSU nursing students will work collaboratively with Chinese nursing students from Central South University to explore, understand and appreciate these differences. Participants from both universities must also identify, assess and plan interventions from a global perspective.

Through this enriching educational opportunity, students will come away with a unique understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity, as well as the impact finances and the local country's economy have on healthcare.


Students must enroll in the following course:

NUR 498  Understanding Global Health Care (3 credits)


Students must complete Southern's risk management paperwork before traveling abroad. Students must also have a record free of disciplinary problems, and have a valid passport.

In accordance with SCSU-OIE policy, all Study Abroad Participants are required to participate in a Mandatory Risk Management Session prior to departure. Sessions will cover all insurance, health, risk, and liability issues associated with Education Abroad. The RM Session will take between 30-60 minutes, and encompass all aspects of the Risk Management process, including notarization and Health Clearance. Students who do not complete the Risk Management process will not be permitted to travel.

This course’s Risk Management Session will be scheduled according to student availability, and will occur approximately one month prior to travel. The OIE will contact you regarding the date and time once it is established.


Students will lodge in a hotel conveniently-located next to Central South University, in the historic city of Changsha, China.


Program Fee Includes:
• Transportation (airfare, domestic transport from SCSU to/from airport and transport within China)
• Field trips and planned excursions
• Lodging in Changsha, China

Program Fee Does Not Include:
• Personal meals and expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

Please Note:
The program fee does not include the cost of OnCall insurance—a stand-alone insurance policy that provides coverage for evacuation and repatriation, required for all students studying abroad. Any student who is not enrolled full-time, or has not purchased the SCSU (Aetna) student health plan, which includes OnCall coverage, is required to purchase the OnCall stand-alone policy for $36.00 prior to travel. For information on purchasing OnCall, contact the Office of International Education at 203-392-7257.

*A deposit is NOT a guarantee of acceptance. All decisions regarding admissions are made by the trip leader(s). Deposits will be refunded in full if student is not admitted into the Program.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at
(203) 392-5222 or

A non-refundable deposit of $1,700 made out to 'Southern Connecticut State University' is due upon submission of your application, at the latest January 13, 2016. This guarantees your participation in the program and reserves your room.  A second, final payment of $1,700 is due on February 15, 2016.  

Program fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs in Italy may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip.  In the event that additional fees exceed the current costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on March 1, 2016 and after that date, there will be no refunds. The program does not accept responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.


Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Interim Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

For additional information and applications contact:

Dr. Antoinette Towle
Southern Connecticut State University
Department of Nursing
Phone: 203-392-6728

Final acceptance into the program will be given by the program director, Dr. Antoinette Towle.