For International Visitors

This map shows the home countries of past International Visiting Scholars (diamonds) and international visitors (pins) in relation to the University of Maryland School of Nursing (star).

International visitors contribute to the vibrancy of our campus and help expand the University of Maryland School of Nursing's understanding of the roles and challenges of the global health nurse.

We welcome visitors from around the world to observe, interact, and learn more about our facilities, programs, and opportunities. These international visitors include, but are not limited to, students, faculty, nursing and health professionals, scholars, and leaders.

International Visiting Scholars Program

(by application, for individuals)

Motivated scholars from international nursing institutions who are looking to develop specific learning objectives or conduct related activities in collaboration with an UMSON faculty Mentor are welcome to apply to our International Visiting Scholars Program.

The program strives to expand the individual’s global health nursing capacity as a leader, educator, and researcher with a focus on building new partnerships and initiatives. Length and complexity of a scholars program is determined by a planning and proposal process.

Successful program participants have provided presentations to the UMSON community, authored published works, or used their program experience to advance their career trajectory.

We encourage you to explore UMSON faculty expertise in your specialty area of interest prior to applying.

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Past International Visiting Scholars have included:

Chikaodili Ihudiebube Splendor (L) and Helen Okoye (R) visited us from University of Nigeria Nsukka – Enugu Campus (UNN) to study neonatal jaundice and maternal child health with a focus on malaria.

Chikaodili Ihudiebube Splendor (left) and Helen Okoye (right) visited us from University of Nigeria Nsukka – Enugu Campus to study neonatal jaundice and maternal child health with a focus on malaria.

Bachir Itani visited us from American University in Beirut to study diabetes care. Bachir Itani visited us from American University in Beirut to study diabetes care (pictured outside the Governor's Wellmobile).
Scholar Joyce Abi-Kharma presents to the UMSON community about her visiting scholars program in oncology, under the clinical mentorship of Nancy Tait, RN, BSN, CBCN, at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Scholar Joyce Abi-Kharma from American University in Beirut, Lebanon, presents to the UMSON community about her visiting scholars program in oncology under the clinical mentorship of Nancy Tait, RN, BSN, CBCN, at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Scholar Eun Jee Lee, PhD, worked under the mentorship of UMSON faculty and Office of Global Health Director Dr. Yolanda Ogbolu to prepare her research on adolescent smart phone addiction in Korea for publication. Scholar Eun Jee Lee, PhD, worked under the mentorship of UMSON faculty and Office of ‌ Health Director Dr. Yolanda Ogbolu to prepare her research on adolescent smart phone addiction in Korea for publication.

International Visitors Program

(by request, for individuals and small groups)

The Office of Global Health welcomes short-term visitors with advance notice. A visitor’s fee may apply depending on requestor’s timeline, goals, and objectives.

Past International Visitors have included:

Changrong Yuan, PhD, RN, FAAN, visited us from Shanghai, China, and provided a detailed presentation to faculty, students and staff related to the state of nursing research in China.

Changrong Yuan, PhD, RN, FAAN, visited us from Shanghai, China, and provided a detailed presentation to faculty, students, and staff related to the state of nursing research in China.

Shristi Limbu, MBA, Laxman Mandal, CAO, and Ubin Pokharel MD, PHD, of Little Angels’ College of Higher Studies visited us from Nepal with Geeta Pfau, RN, PHD. Shristi Limbu, MBA; Laxman Mandal, CAO; and Ubin Pokharel MD, PHD of Little Angels' College of Higher Studies visited us from Nepal with Geeta Pfau, RN, PHD.

International Nurse Exchange Program

Designed for nursing professionals, the International Nurse Exchange Program (INEP) provides an opportunity to observe high resource advanced practice nursing and education. Participants develop professional strategies for feasible adaptation of evidence-based best practices within their home country. Program enrollees are invited to interact with UMSON faculty, students, and preceptors for approximately 1-2 weeks. The program builds on existing partnerships and strives to enhance participants' global health nursing capacity as leaders, educators, and practitioners.

Past International Nurse Exchange participants have included:

INEP participant Ruby Burgess (Guyana) at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

INEP participant Ruby Burgess (Guyana) at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.

UMSON faculty member Lily Fountain, PhD, RN, CNM, and Global Health Certificate student Charles Sarbeng, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, prepare a Thanksgiving meal for November INEP participants at Dr. Fountain’s home. UMSON faculty member Lily Fountain, PhD, RN, CNM, and Global Health Certificate student Charles Sarbeng, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, prepare a Thanksgiving meal for November INEP participants at Dr. Fountain’s home.

Full list of past International Nurse Exchange participants:

  • Ruby Burgess (Guyana)
  • Ollin George (Guyana)
  • Charity Maina (Nigeria)
  • Marie Josie Maina (Nigeria)
  • Silas Gurumdi (Nigeria)
  • Marcqueline Zulu (Zambia)
  • Marie-Josee Maliboli (Rwanda)
  • Shavon Moses (Guyana)
  • Ifeoma Gift Uche, RN/Midwife (Nigeria)
  • Joyce Mwendwa, BSN (Tanzania)
  • Beatrice Kakiiza, BSN (Uganda)
  • Dorcas Phiri, RN/Midwife (Zambia)
  • Linah Mwango, DIP NURSING (Zambia)
  • Asabe Gomwalk, RN/RM, DIP NURSING EDUC, BSc. (Nigeria)
  • Halima Ibrahim, RN/RM/PHN (Nigeria)
  • Edwina Mang, RM/RN, RN(Ped.), ADHSSM, BSc. NAdmin (Nigeria)
  • Emily Umaru, RN/RM, PHN/CHO, BSc. (Nigeria)

More information on past International Nurse Exchange programs:

In collaboration with the Institute of Human Virology in the School of Medicine, UMSON hosted three groups of INEP visitors. Since 2009, a total of 17 participants from five countries in Africa and the Caribbean have participated in the program. Invited nurses are able to participate with written approval of and support from their home institutions. INEP strengthens ongoing partnerships between the University of Maryland and international nurses in the field while cultivating a collaborative network of global nurses among past participants.

Institutional partners include:

  • CRS Guyana
  • IHV-AIDSRelief Guyana
  • IHV-AIDSRelief Nigeria
  • IHV-AIDSRelief Tanzania
  • IHV-Nigeria
  • TRAC Clinic in Rwanda
INEP Clinical Sites Description
Evelyn Jordan Center Ambulatory HIV care for UMSON IHV population
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Health care network that offers veterans a comprehensive array of programs and services
JACQUES Initiative Intensive one-on-one support for HIV patients who readily admit they would like help taking their medication
Penn St. Clinic: OB-GYN Midwifery Clinic for pregnant women who are HIV positive
Pediatric Immunology Clinic Clinic for HIV exposed and HIV positive children through the University of Maryland Hospital for Children's Pediatric AIDS Program
11 East 28-bed general medical inpatient unit home to the hospital Infectious Diseases Service
Health Care for the Homeless Provides health-related services, education and advocacy to reduce the incidence and burdens of homelessness.

For more information:

Contact NRS-OGH@umaryland.edu.