International Programs
international programs

"Each person's map of the world is as unique as the person's thumbprint. There are no two people alike. No two people who understand the same sentence the same way . . . So in dealing with people, you try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be." — MILTON ERICKSON

UNMC College of Nursing is committed to providing premier nursing education programs for all students. Part of this commitment is the integration of international practice and research throughout the nursing curriculum. International Programs assists students and faculty to develop through international experiences and visiting scholars and students.


Students are encouraged to experience another culture and health care system by participating in international experiences through exchange or interdisciplinary programs. These opportunities provide a glimpse into another culture’s health system and expand the understanding of being a global citizen. Participating students gain an appreciation for other cultures to better serve and understand different populations at home and abroad. International Student Experience


College of Nursing faculty engage in research and scholarship around the world and aim to create lasting change in the care for all people around the globe. The College of Nursing focuses on global partnerships which promote nursing leadership and advance professional standards for nursing worldwide. International Collaborations

Accomplishments in 2016

  • UNMC students abroad: 18
  • Current exchange sites: 6 universities in 4 countries (China, Jordan, Norway, and Sweden)
    • New exchange sites: Al-Zaytoonah University (Amman, Jordan) & Sultan Qaboos University (Muscat, Oman)
  • Visitors to UNMC: 10 (Shanghai, China)
  • Visiting scholar from Xi'an Jiaotong University (Xi’an, China)
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Sheila Ryan, PhD, RN, FAAN

Sheila A. Ryan, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Ryan, Professor, Charlotte Peck Lienemann and Alumni Distinguished Chair, & Director of International Programs, has been a nursing dean for twenty-two years at two universities and has board service with IHI, AIHA, IBIH, and RWJ/IOM committees. Expertise includes health reform, safety & improvement, internet-based education and international partnerships. Dr. Ryan is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing Dr. Ryan earned her B.S.N. from the University of Nebraska (1969), her M.S.N. from the University of California, San Francisco (1971), and her Ph.D. in clinical nursing research from the University of Arizona (1981).