Global Institute: South Africa
Each winter, students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa visit The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University on a short-term program. CSB/SJU students have been studying at NMMU since 1998. At that time, the school was known as Port Elizabeth University. In addition, the nursing departments at both schools had their own semester-long exchange program which ran from 2001-2007. CSB/SJU still sends students for a semester-long study abroad experience at NMMU and the Nursing Program has now been converted into two short-term programs. CSB/SJU nursing students visit South Africa in mid-May while NMMU nursing students visit CSB/SJU in January. The short-term program ran for the 5th time in January 2013.
While the nursing students from South Africa are visiting our campuses, they are able to attend nursing classes, meet Bennies and Johnnies who are also studying nursing, visit local hospitals to conduct clinicals, and experience various cultural opportunities. The program benefits all of the students involved as they learn about similarities and differences within their field of study. It is wonderful for all of the students to learn how things are done on the other side of the world so that they can take what they learn and apply it to their own studies.