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Nursing degrees abroad

Nurses and healthcare professionals are always in high demand, all over the world. A degree in nursing will give the skills you need to look after the needs of patients, both physical and psychological. It is a key role that is an essential part of every country’s health service.

Many countries have a shortage of nurses, so your skills will be in high demand. Choosing to study nursing abroad means gaining access to world-class programs and giving yourself the best chance to reach your potential.

Nursing program structure

The structure, content and length of a nursing program will depend on the university and country you are studying in. It’s possible to become a registered nurse in two years in certain countries, and in others you’ll need to study for at least three years to qualify.

Many programs include hospital placements, where you’ll be able to work in a range of areas like surgery, accident and emergency, medicine and critical care.

You can spend up to 50% of your time in placement, and the rest of your learning will be made up of lectures, practical classes and independent study.

You’ll be assessed through written and practical exams, coursework and your performance while on placement.

If you are studying at bachelor’s level, you’ll learn the theory behind nursing, clinical skills and develop your understanding through teaching and hospital placements. Common modules and areas of study include:

  • Foundations of nursing
  • Person-centered nursing
  • Communication skills
  • Therapeutic approach and practice
  • Global health issues
  • Introduction to professional practice
  • Research methods
  • Healthcare sciences
  • Medicine management
  • Medicine management
  • Practical nursing skills

Types of nursing degrees

There are several different specializations of nursing you can choose from that focus your studies in a certain area, and will shape your future career:

  • Adult nursing
  • Child nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Learning disability nursing
  • Midwifery

Think about what area of nursing you want to go into when choosing which program you’d like to study.

Why study nursing abroad

Choosing to study nursing abroad means you can access some of the best programs from around the world and great career opportunities after graduation.

If you dream of working as a nurse in a certain country, studying and earning your degree there will make it much easier. Most nursing programs will be accredited in that country, and allow you to work there once you have the relevant work permit.

Studying abroad has many other benefits that make it a worthwhile experience. You’ll get to learn all about another culture, improve your language skills, make new friends from all over the world and get a fantastic education. Learn more about the benefits of studying abroad here.

Where to study nursing abroad

There’s plenty to think about when you’re deciding where you should study nursing abroad. Here’s some of the things that are worth considering to help you make your decision:

  • Where you want to work

    Studying in the same country you want to work in will make getting a nursing role much easier, so think about where you want to live after graduation.

  • How quickly you want to qualify

    The length of you studies can vary depending on the country you study in. For example, it’s possible to become a registered nurse in two years in the US, but it usually takes three years in the UK.

  • Where you want to live

    Think about things like the climate, culture and politics of where you want to live and study. Remember you’ll be living there for several years, so it needs to be somewhere you’ll be happy.

Here’s how you can choose where to study abroad.

Best countries to study nursing

If you want to attend one of the top nursing schools, then you could look to study in the US, or the UK. Not only do they have some of the best programs, but both these countries are in need of more nurses, so you’ll have strong career prospects if you choose to stay and work.

Other countries that offer well respected nursing programs include Canada and Australia. These countries offer degrees that are recognized all over the world, but you may need to do some additional courses and exams if you want to work in another country after graduation.

Best universities to study nursing

In order to find the best university to study nursing, there are several things you should think about outside of which are the highest ranked programs.

Make sure you look at the program curriculum and what else the university offers, and think about things like:

  • What placements the program offers
  • What teaching methods are used, for example, does the program involve more lectures or practical work?
  • What the university offers outside the classroom, e.g. student clubs, sports and social activities

You can study nursing at universities, medical schools or specialist nursing schools and colleges from all over the world, so take your time to make the right decision for you.

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Nursing study abroad programs

Nursing programs are offered at several different levels, and qualifications can differ depending on what country you are studying in. For example:

  • In the UK

    You can study a BSc or BNurs at undergraduate level. These courses last three years full time and you qualify as a registered nurse when you graduate. You can also study an MNurs, which is four years and will earn you a master’s qualification.

  • In the US and Canada

    You can study an associate degree in nursing (ADN), which can take up to two years to complete. You can also study a bachelor’s in nursing (BSN), which takes four years. You can also convert an ADN to a bachelor’s by taking a two year RN to BSN program.

  • In Australia and New Zealand

    You can study a diploma of nursing, which lasts two years, or a three year bachelor of nursing which lasts three years. If you study a diploma you’ll qualify as an enrolled nurse, but you’ll qualify as a registered nurse if you study a bachelor’s degree.

It’s also possible to study master’s degrees in nursing, usually offered as an MSc and MSN. If you want to study at the highest level, many universities offer PhD in nursing. Many nurses that study a PhD do so part time over five or more years while working, with the aim of becoming a nurse researcher.

Nursing undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in nursing

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    Learning Disability Nursing - BSc (Hons) University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,914 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Children's and Young People's Nursing - BSc (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,258 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Learning Disabilities Nursing - BSc (Hons) University of Cumbria, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,800 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Learning Disability Nursing - BSN London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,298 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Children's Nursing - BSN Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    32,134 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,200 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in nursing

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    Health Sciences with Nursing Assistant - AAS-T Lake Washington Institute of Technology, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,635 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,635 USD

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    January, April, July, September
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    Nursing - ADN Midway University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,500 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Nursing - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, February, June, August, September
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    Nursing - ASc Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Nursing - AASc Campbellsville University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,400 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,400 USD

    Start date
    January, August, October
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Diploma in nursing

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    Children's Nursing - HDip Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,456 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,004 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Nursing - Integrated Dip/undefined Gordon Institute of TAFE, Australia

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    -
    Duration
    2 years
    0 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,083 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,013 AUD

    Start date
    October
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    Practical Nursing - Dip Sheridan College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,182 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,025 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Practical Nursing - Dip Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    26,738 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,275 CAD

    Start date
    January, July, October
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    Practical Nursing - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,023 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in nursing

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    Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) - Cert South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    January, April, June, September
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    Nursing Assistant-Certified - Cert North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

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    January, April, June, September
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    Practical Nursing: Military Medic/Corpsman to LPN - Cert College of Southern Nevada, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,048 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Practical Nursing - Cert St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Pathway in nursing

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    Nursing (NMC registration) - FdSc Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,598 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Nursing Associate - FdSc University of Cumbria, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,997 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,800 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Nursing graduate programs

Master's in nursing

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    Nursing (North Campus) - MHP Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Annual tuition fee
    25,887 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 38,002 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Dance: Advanced Practice - MFA University of Chichester, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,412 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,360 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Advancing Practice - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,988 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Aerospace Engineering (Advanced Practice) - MSc Teesside University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    20 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,959 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,500 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Marketing: Advanced Practice - MSc Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    21 months
    Annual tuition fee
    24,897 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, May, September
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Doctorate in nursing

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    Nursing - PhD University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,867 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,422 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Nursing - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,784 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,000 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Nursing - PhD London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,298 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,780 GBP

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    January, February, April, September, October
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    Nursing - PhD MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,300 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,300 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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    Nursing - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,094 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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Diploma in nursing

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    Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: High Intensity IAPT - PGDip University of Cumbria, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,331 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,533 GBP

    Start date
    January
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    Canadian Nursing with Co-op - PGDip Stenberg College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    27 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,998 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,970 CAD

    Start date
    January, April, July, October
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    Nursing - PGDip University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    16 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,935 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,482 GBP

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Nursing: Adult (NMC Registration) - GDip Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,598 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Pediatric Nursing - PGDip MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,100 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,100 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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Certificate in nursing

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    Adult-Gerontological Nursing Nurse Practitioner - PMAdvCert College of Staten Island, USA

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,260 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,260 USD

    Start date
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    Clinical Nursing - PGCert University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,615 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Nursing: Overseas Registration (Specialisation) - PGCert University of Tasmania, Australia
    • Online

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,374 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,975 AUD

    Start date
    February
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    Nursing - PGCert University of Essex Online, UK
    • Online
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    8 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,968 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 3,741 GBP

    Start date
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    Renal Care Nursing - PGCert MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    6 months
    Annual tuition fee
    4,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,800 USD

    Start date
    January, April
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Entry requirements to study nursing abroad

To be accepted into a nursing program abroad, you’ll need to meet the university’s entry requirements. Although each university and program will have its own specific requirements, here is what you will probably need to study nursing:

To achieve the secondary education grades required for the nursing program (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or higher, 3 Bs at A-Level, or an IB Diploma score of 34) A personal statement that outlines your interest in the nursing Good English language proficiency test scores Relevant academic references

Always check the entry requirements and carefully and make sure you can meet them before you apply. Here is more on how to study abroad.

Future nursing careers

Nursing is a truly vocational course, and if you achieve a degree it’s very likely you will go on to become a professional registered nurse. However, there are different nursing roles you can pursue, including:

  • Registered nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Pediatric nurse
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Care worker
  • Midwife
  • Paramedic

If you know which nursing role you want to perform after graduation, make sure you choose a program that will help you achieve your aims.