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RN to BSN International Service Learning Program

Nursing student abroad"I highly recommend anyone to experience this lifetime opportunity. It broadens one’s views of the world and allows us to realize that our current issues are not as significant as other people in the world experience. This opportunity has driven me to focus on the social and health disparities that other countries, as well as mine face."
Yesenia Martinez

Linfield College believes in supporting students in gaining a strong global perspective during their education. Further, part of Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing’s mission is to prepare nurses who are committed to the profession and responsive to the needs of the global community.

Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing’s RN to BSN program provides an opportunity for a one to three week international service learning experience during the final nursing course – Integrated Experiential Learning. Enrollment in this class is required.

You have the opportunity to choose from  several different programs and countries. We work with reputable organizations to assist us in planning these experiences. Please email the RN to BSN International Service Learning Coordinator at if interested or if you have questions.

Application Deadlines

The deadline depends on the organization you are traveling with and their ability to accommodate you. For example Project Helping Hands typically has a deadline of 3 to 4 months prior to deployment (depending on the country/program). Applications are received at anytime. Once the Service Learning Coordinator receives your application, faculty reviews it and you will be notified if you have been accepted. At that time, you can proceed to make final plans for your international service learning experience.


  1. Before filling in the required documents, save them to your computer where you can easily find them.
  2. Once the document is saved to your computer, open it from where you saved it and fill in the required elements.  Note that by typing your name as your signature, you are affirming that you are the person you claim to be and assert that you are providing your digital signature, as an original handwritten signature, for all legal purposes
  3. Be sure to save the document
  4. Once all application requirements are completed, email all required documents to the RN to BSN Service Learning Coordinator at 

RN to BSN faculty will review your application package and you will be notified of the decision usually within 72 hours.  Although you identify your first and second choice in the application form, once accepted you may change the country and/or organization you plan to travel with based on unforeseen circumstances.

The application package consists of the following requirements:

  1. Application
  2. Questionaire
  3. Consent for Release of Information
  4. Release Agreement and Assumption of Risk

This is information about the online RN to BSN degree program for those already licensed and working as RNs.  If you are interested in international opportunities for our pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (based on our Portland campus), you can find information here.