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International Diversity
International Diversity


Outgoing Elective Nursing Placements (6 weeks)
Queen's students wishing to partipate in a clinical placement overseas for 6 weeks.


Socrates-Erasmus Placements (12 weeks)
Overseas students wishing to participate in a clinical placement at Queen's through Socrates-Erasmus programmes.




Outgoing Elective Nursing Placements (6 weeks)


Selection Process


All applicants will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae together with a covering letter outlining the rationale for the application, which will be reviewed by a screening panel within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. In addition, all applicants should provide to the panel a letter of support from his/her Personal Tutor. Applications from students who have had academic or clinical difficulties may generally not be given a favourable decision. After a review of applications, selected applicants will be invited for interview. Although an applicant’s academic and clinical performance to date is given significant weight, factors such as motivation, commitment and relevance of elective site will also be taken into consideration. After reviewing all applications and interviewing selected applicants, the screening panel will make recommendations to the relevant Branch International Co-ordinator. All applicants will receive written notification of panel decisions. The School reserves the right to the final decision regarding a student’s suitability for an elective placement outside of Northern Ireland.


Successful Applicants

Students who are accepted for an International Placement must satisfy the following conditions before commencing the placement:-

All successful applicants

  • must have successfully completed all modules to date i.e. both academic and clinical
  • must not be in breach of attendance regulations
  • must provide verification of health and wellbeing required for the student role
  • must have an up to date vaccination record
  • must agree to undertake the screening policy of the host country
  • must have professional indemnity (RCN/Unison)
  • must have own personal insurance
  • must have evidence of verification of placement
  • must not undertake an elective placement outside Northern Ireland at a time when submission of coursework or examinations are scheduled
  • must understand that undertaking an elective placement will not be acceptable as an extenuating circumstance for the late submission of coursework, inclusive of portfolio completion
  • will be required to attend an interview and give a presentation of approximately ten minutes on the professional and personal benefits of undertaking the placement.



Undergraduate Nursing students in Zambia

The Elective Placement Interview

All applicants will be required to attend for interview during which they be required to deliver a 10 minute presentation outlining why the request for an international elective placement should be considered. In addition, the panel will use questioning to explore and clarify the issues presented by students during his/her presentation.



The panel will consider the following areas:-


  1. The student demonstrates that he/she recognises the personal benefits that can be achieved from the international placement.


  2. The student demonstrates that he/she recognises the professional development benefits that can be achieved from the international placement.


  3. The student demonstrates that he/she recognises the benefits of a cross-cultural elective placement experience.


  4. The student understands that he/she will be required to submit a written report and/or a verbal presentation recounting the experience at the end of the elective placement. This report and/or presentation will describe observations made; organisational differences in the delivery of care services, cross-cultural differences and his/her contribution to care.


  5. The student understands his/her responsibility to ensure that all clinical placement documentation is completed prior to the end of the elective placement.


  6. The student understands the role/responsibilities expected of him/her in relation to being an ambassador for nursing and Queen’s University Belfast.



Example - Find out about
students' trip to Zambia...



Dr Kathy Rowe


Please note that all enquiries should be directed to Dr Kathy Rowe in the first instance.


Dr Kathy Rowe
Director of International Affairs

Email: k.rowe@qub.ac.uk Address: School of Nursing & Midwifery
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5704   Queen's University Belfast
Fax: +44 (0)28 9097 5871   Room 206
      50 Elmwood Avenue
      BT9 6AZ



How to Apply


Students who wish to be considered for an international elective placement please write directly to the relevant International Co-ordinator named below:


Adult Nursing

  • Patricia Campbell


Children's Nursing

  • Phil Morrow


Learning Disability Nursing

  • Hazel McFadden


Mental Health Nursing

  • Dr Hugh O'Donnell



  • Anne Nolan