Chiang Mai University Faculty of Nursing Exchange Program
Each year, following the Chiang Mai Hosting Program , a group of MPNU students travels to Chiang Mai, Thailand, on a weeklong study abroad. After being welcomed at the airport by CMU students, our students stay on the CMU campus in the Faculty of Nursing’s international dormitory. During their stay, students participate in a variety of on- and off-campus activities.
The week begins with an introduction to the CMU Faculty of Nursing, a campus tour, and a lecture on nursing education in Thailand. Students learn about the Thai health care system through a series of lectures by CMU faculty. Lectures are usually held in the morning, and then, in the afternoon, students are escorted on site visits to health care facilities, including the University Hospital, local health clinics, Thai traditional medicine centers, and the like.
At the end of the week, students give a wrap-up presentation in English on what they have learned during the week, which is followed by a student exchange party hosted by the CMU International Program students. The party usually consists of traditional Chiang Mai cooking, traditional Thai dances, songs, and games.
In their free time on the weekend, students are often accompanied by CMU students on sightseeing trips, to locations such as cultural sites, elephant camps, and night markets.
Upon their return, MPNU students prepare a report about their experience, as well as a poster to share with other students on campus and the community during MPNU’s school festival and open campus.
Korea Homestay Program
During the annual summer break between first and second semester, a group of students visits South Korea for a homestay program. Lasting about one week, students visit two main areas: Gwangju and Seoul.
In Gwangju, students participate in an exchange with Chosun Nursing College, one of MPNU’s exchange partner universities. This is part of our exchange on the Chosun Nursing College Hosting Program . While visiting CNC, our students interact and participate in exchange with CNC students and faculty. Along with a tour of the campus, our students are introduced to CNC’s nursing education and shown the labs, clinical practice rooms, simulated practice models, and other medical technology. Students also enjoy sightseeing around Gwangju.
During their time in Seoul, our students stay with local Korean families, with whom they are able to experience Korean culture at home, as well as visit self-selected study sites. Students also visit a variety of traditional and historical cultural sites, including the Joint Security Area and Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, a traditional street market, and history museum. They also have the chance to visit a traditional Korean-style sauna (hanjeungmak 汗蒸幕).
America Homestay Program
Students visit San Jose, California, and experience American life for about one week in this homestay program. Students begin their homestay upon arriving in San Jose and spend the first day getting to know their host families and spending time together. Students also spend time at several different health care and educational institutions.
One healthcare facility that students visit is an elderly care facility for Japanese-Americans. There, students interact and participate in cultural activities such as origami-making with the residents. Following the care facility, students visit the local Japanese-American history museum and Japan Town to learn about the history of Japanese-Americans in California.
Students also spend two days at a local high school, interacting with students and participating in cultural exchange with the Japanese class there. MPNU students also introduce Japanese cultural aspects and give a presentation on Japan, Miyazaki, and their nursing study.
The local university, San Jose State, is also a destination during the program. Students visit both the nursing faculty and the Japanese language program in the international department. They also tour the university’s health center and a local hospital.
Indonesia Study Abroad Program
More recently initiated, this program centers in and around Jakarta and includes a wide range of exchanges, site visits, and cultural experiences.
Our students visit multiple institutions during their time in Indonesia. At one nursing university, they give a presentation introducing MPNU and Japanese culture, after which they join in specialized nursing meetings (for example, public health) and exercises and even accompany nurses on home visits to see patients. At another nursing school, our students join a study session for Indonesian nurses who are preparing to take the Japanese national nursing examination. Students then have an exchange with the Japanese volunteers helping to prepare the Indonesian nurses.
Students usually visit Indonesian medical sites, such as hospitals, where they receive a tour of the facility and then have an exchange with the hospital staff. The MPNU group often joins a Japanese language class too, in which they share about themselves and Japanese culture.
For cultural exchanges and experiences, students have visited the National History Museum, Indonesian cultural areas, and botanical gardens. They have also participated in the Jakarta Japan Festival and toured one of Jakarta’s most famous mosques.
For students who would like to visit somewhere not offered in one of our study abroad programs, we allow students to research, plan, and apply for their own (small) group program. Often, this includes content or destinations not accessible when going through a travel agency. Students can choose any locale that will broaden their horizons and add to their learning as nursing students. The minimum group size is three, and teachers work with students to help the group create a workable and appropriate travel plan.