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Additional Study Opportunities

The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing offers you a variety of opportunities to enhance your education: you may study abroad for a year, minor in a subject, engage in service learning or pursue preparation for a military career through Naval, Army or Air Force ROTC programs.

Additional Study Opportunities

Study Abroad Opportunities

The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, in conjunction with the International Studies Office, offers a variety of opportunities for a Nursing major to study abroad during his or her course of studies.

The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing has established a year-long study abroad program with the University of Manchester in England. If you wish to study abroad, and have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0, you may take your sophomore year in England. Manchester's Nursing program is ranked #1 in Great Britain by The Times in London. Students in this program spend their Sophomore year in the Nursing Department of the University of Manchester. The courses transfer to Villanova as the Sophomore year of the nursing curriculum and no time is lost in the four year course of studies.

The program requires some changes in the Freshman course of study; any freshman who is interested should contact the Director of the Undergraduate Program or his or her academic advisor as early as possible. In addition, interested students should contact the Director of International Studies.

A nursing major may also participate in numerous study abroad programs offered through the International Studies Office. However, since these are not nursing programs, students who participate need to adjust their course of study and may graduate later than May of their graduation year. Students interested in spending a semester of their Junior year abroad should contact their Program Director and the Director of International Studies.

There are other opportunities for international clinical electives for credit, and national or international study as part of the health promotion practicum senior year.

Minors and Concentration

Students who wish to minor in a subject may do so with some adjustment in their schedules. Options include, but are not limited to, global health, psychology and Spanish. Requirements for a minor vary according to the requirements set by each department. Nursing students who have completed Sophomore year are eligible to participate in the 15-credit Summer Business Institute offered by the Villanova School of Business.

Military Opportunities - Air Force ROTC

Villanova students are eligible to participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) through a cross-enrollment agreement with Saint Joseph's University. All Aerospace Studies courses will be held on the Saint Joseph's campus. The AFROTC program enables a college student to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force while concurrently satisfying requirements for his/her baccalaureate degree.

Detailed information may be obtained from the Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC Det 750, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131, (610) 660-3190. Go to for further details.

Military Opportunities - Army ROTC

Villanova students are eligible to participate in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program through a partnership agreement with the Widener University Department of Military Science. Army ROTC offers students the opportunity to graduate with a college degree and a commission in the United States Army, Army National Guard, or United States Army Reserve. All Army ROTC classes are conducted on the Villanova University campus.

Detailed information may be obtained from the Professor of Military Science, Widener University, Chester, PA 19013, (610) 499-4098. Go to for further details.

Naval ROTC

Military Opportunities - Naval ROTC

Villanova University, in a long-standing relationship with the United States Navy, maintains one of approximately 60 Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps units in the United States. The objective of the Unit is to educate prospective officers for the Navy and Marine Corps. Reserve commissions as Ensign or 2nd Lieutenant are awarded upon successful completion of prescribed naval science courses and graduation from the University. These commissioned officers will serve on active duty for a period of four to nine years, depending upon choice of warfare specialty.

All Scholarship and College Program students may select any major at the University. Midshipmen at Villanova study in a wide variety of majors in engineering, arts, sciences, business, and nursing. Detailed NROTC information may be obtained from the Naval Science Office, Room 103, John Barry Hall.

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My View

"The Villanova University Nursing program provided me with an incredible opportunity to study abroad my sophomore year at University of Manchester in England. Too often universities emphasize the need to be book smart but this past year has taught me that there is more to learn about the world, its people, their culture, and myself than what is written in a textbook. The skills in our nursing books may change with time but the skill I was given in England will not fade."

ENS Kelly Williams, Chalfont, PA


"Army ROTC has opened so many new and exciting doors in my life. I have done things I never imagined that I could do!"

Cadet Elizabeth Bond, Wayne, PA


"It's an awesome opportunity!"

Cadet Regina Thorp, Annapolis, MD