South Africa Nursing Semester

The APU South Africa Nursing Semester offers nursing students the opportunity to learn, serve, and engage in community health care. Students will be exposed to the vibrant South African culture through academic site visits, working alongside community-based organizations and conducting projects to address health disparities, health problems, and barriers to health promotion. Students’ cultural sensitivity will be enhanced through various service-learning opportunities.

The academic rationale focuses on three primary areas: academic enrichment, broader international health knowledge, and increased cultural awareness through the following:

  • Gain exposure, knowledge, and skills related to diseases and conditions that are prevalent in developing countries.
  • Expand opportunities to practice cross-cultural sensitivity and competency.
  • Assist students in developing critical thinking skills under conditions of limited resources.
  • Provide a contrast of international healthcare systems with healthcare in America.
  • Offer practical experience for possible future careers overseas.

Program Goals


  • To identify specific healthcare needs and disparities that exist in South Africa as compared to the United States.
  • To learn and apply the principles and practices of community health nursing through assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the care of clients in community-based settings.
  • To increase awareness of the prevalence and effects of HIV.
  • “To lead students into an awareness of and ethical response to critical social issues that transcend national borders.” (Task Force on Intentional Globalization; Final Report, June 2005, p.3)
  • “To cultivate in students and staff ways of perceiving, thinking, valuing, and acting ‘outside the box’ of their particular national and cultural heritage.” (Task Force on Intentional Globalization; Final Report, June 2005, p.3)
  • Integrate and develop the core competencies of the APU BSN Program.


  • Collaborate with community-based organizations and services that provide health promotion, disease prevention, and health education.
  • Plan and implement a teaching project and a community project based on the specific needs of the local population.
  • Learn methods to address and teach basic information on HIV and antiretroviral therapy.
  • Encourage intentional dialogue among peers, faculty, and nationals about social and healthcare issues specific to South Africa.
  • Be immersed in South African communities and participate in homestays while collaborating with local healthcare professionals.

Student scholarships, grants, and other financial aid may be used for payment while attending the APU South Africa Nursing Semester. For more information regarding program tuition and costs, see the Financial Aid Policies.

For more information and how to apply, visit the nursing section of South Africa Semester.