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International Health Perspectives: Malta


Gzira, Malta

Program Description

NSG 490 - International Health Perspectives: Malta is a four week (4 credits) program which will examine the impact of culture, lifestyle, and social determinants of health in the Maltese population in partnership with the L-Università ta' Malta. The program includes a one week immersion in the history, culture, and health care system. A community and cultural assessment follows the week long immersion and includes approximately 45 hours of clinical experience that is appropriate for all health and human service majors.

Cultural excursions will be integrated into learning experiences and include visits to cathedrals, ancient ruins and temples, and significant historical landmarks. This program will provide up to 16 undergraduate students with the opportunity to become immersed in the culture and lifestyle in Malta. Weekends will be free for students to relax, explore, and travel.

Students may use NSG 490 to fulfill requirements for the Global Health Minor and/or nursing electives. Contact your advisor for more information.

Location Description

Rich in history, steeped in culture, with breath taking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is located in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, just 63 miles from the coast of Sicily. The Maltese Archipelago is made up of three main islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino. Malta is the largest of the three with nearly half a million people populating 122 square miles. With over 7000 years of cultural influences as a result of the civilizations who have inhabited the island, it boasts ancient temples which predate the pyramids. The island of Gozo is a 20 minute ferry ride from Malta and is where Europeans have vacationed for years. Comino, the third island is only 1.35 square miles and is virtually an undisturbed island paradise with only four permanent residents.

The home base for this program will be the town of Gzira and learning experiences will occur in villages and cities across the country of Malta.


Karen Jagiello | | School of Nursing

Jamie Robinson | | School of Nursing


Accommodations will be provided for students through furnished apartments with internet access, kitchenette, and access to laundry facilities. Students will be in shared flats which are centrally located. Public transportation is easily accessible.

Students will be allocated a weekly meal stipend of 25 € that will cover approximately 14 meals each week. Additionally, four group meals will be provided. Students should plan to spend their own money each day to cover the cost of additional meals. It is suggested that you bring your favorite snacks from home!

Additional Items to Consider

Students will be required to have the following prior to departure:

  • Current American Heart Association CPR
  • Documentation of immunizations for healthcare professionals
  • Documentation of negative MRSA cultures
  • Criminal background check
Students are required to attend a clinical competency workshop and skills check off prior to departure.

The required clinical uniform consists of khaki pants, a purple polo shirt, and closed toe shoes.

*Details regarding these requirements will be provided at information sessions.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.25.

Students must be enrolled in Health and Human Services related major

Sophomore or higher standing

Application Process

For this program, students need to complete the online application (a $25 fee required), which includes:

  • 2 short essays
  • May require interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for first-semester transfer and non-JMU students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


NSG 490: Special Studies in Nursing- International Health Perspectives: Malta (4 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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