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International students are flocking to the US in record numbers. Are you wondering where international students are attending nursing schools in the United States? Well, we have compiled a list of the top ten nursing schools for international students just like you…

Do you want to study nursing in the USA and fulfill a life-long educational dream? Are you looking for personal and professional growth? Whatever your personal reasons may be, international students are coming to the United States in record numbers. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE) the number of international students studying in the USA is rising. During the last 2010–2011 academic year, universities across the United States experienced a five percent increase in foreign enrollment. Those numbers equate to approximately 700,000 additional international students on US campuses. We have compiled a list of the best nursing schools for international students wanting to study nursing in the US.

Listed are the top ten nursing programs for international students in the USA according to the World Health Organization:

1. University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois College of Nursing is ranked as one of the top 10 nursing programs in the US by the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs). Students from all races, continents and backgrounds will learn from award-winning professors and clinicians at the University of Illinois. These professionals are generating nursing research that directly improves the lives of patients in our local and global communities.

2. University of Pennsylvania

The Penn School of Nursing surrounds their students by the highest levels of scholarship, where international students can learn from some of the world's finest nursing faculty. Penn Nursing offers a variety of international student nursing programs such as, the Visiting International PhD Scholars Program. International students complete a year of doctoral education in their home country and then come to learn at Penn for a year. During this year, international students are able to develop their research concept, and return to their home university to complete their degree.


The University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA, founded in 1919, is one of the world's best-known research universities. UCLA's faculty includes Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, multiple MacArthur fellows and many national academy members. Recently, UCLA received one of the largest international grants- $1.7 million to elevate nursing practice at Hong Kong Sanatorium Hospital.

4. University of Alabama

International students at the University of Alabama will find that the campus atmosphere is culturally, academically, and economically diverse. The University of Alabama student enrollment consists of 30,000 students from across the United States and more than 90 foreign countries. International students represent almost 5 percent of total student population.

5. Case Western Reserve

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (FPB) at Case Western Reserve University is a globally recognized leader in nursing education and research. Students are confident, dynamic healthcare professionals willing to transform the nursing profession and the health of local and global communities across the world.

6. Columbia University

The Columbia School of Nursing is internationally known and clinically unrivaled with recognition for excellence in research and curricular advancements. The school has made significant contributions to the nursing profession: the first universal faculty practice plan in a school of nursing, the first endowed Chair in Health Policy, the first to be named a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Advanced Practice Nursing and the first clinical practice doctorate, the DNP.

7. University of Michigan

The University of Michigan School of Nursing is eager to work with international students from all over the world. The Office of Global Outreach (GO) coordinates the International Scholars Program, which enables international nursing students, professors, and researchers to become a part of the learning community. From doctoral students seeking research or clinical experience to professors on sabbatical, the University of Michigan will work with individuals to get them to the USA and involve international students with educational opportunities.

8. University of Maryland

The University of Maryland offers an International Visiting Scholars Program (IVSP). This program provides motivated nursing scholars with opportunities to develop specific learning objectives and conduct related activities in collaboration with an appropriate UMSON faculty mentor. This program strives to expand the international student experience in global health nursing and cultivate them as leaders, educators and researchers with a focus on building new partnerships and initiatives.

9. New York University

NYU has begun a new Global Health Scholars Program to foster international student exchange and assist health leaders across the world in bringing evidence-based practices to their communities. NYU has developed strong ties to universities and health centers in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Many nurse educators from international destinations come to teach and study at NYU.

10. University of Miami

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has developed a "world-class reputation" as one of the top healthcare educational programs in the world. The program is continuing to change to meet the demands of global healthcare. Every year, approximately 2,725 international students (undergraduate and graduate), scholars (professors and researchers), and observers from more than 110 countries representing every region of the world study, teach, conduct research and observe at the University of Miami.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, it's important to find the one that's right for you. Many nursing programs offer different options to achieve their Associate Degree in Registered Nursing (or, RN). Courses are often designed to give students classroom instruction as well as laboratory simulation and clinical experience.

Alternatively, if you are looking to switch careers, then be sure to consider an accelerated BSN program like the one offered at Felician College. This program allows students to complete a six-semester accelerated nursing sequence in 18 months of concentrated full time study.

Thinking about staying in the US after your program? Choose a school that will give you a license in that state. The nursing program at Felician College, for example, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. Think about where you want to be and what you want to do!

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