My name is Julia Nylander and I’m in my sixth semester of the nursing program at the School of Health and Welfare. I spent my fifth semester abroad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill (or simply UNC). I always wanted to study abroad AND travel to the U.S., so a semester at UNC was the ultimate choice for me – and I was not disappointed. The School of Nursing is a very good school and the faculty are great. Since I went alone it felt good to have their support and they were always helpful and understanding.
For one of my courses I did clinical work, but due to some unknown VISA issues they had to change my clinical site in the last minute which turned out to be okay but not what I was expecting the clinical experience to be. However, in other courses I did have Lab-exercises, simulations and two “no hands-on” observations at the hospital which I learned from a lot.
At UNC the structure of the program differs a lot from JU. It was hard to get used to taking all the courses at once and I spent more than one night sweating in the library, so to speak...
UNC has a beautiful campus with a lot of places perfect for studying or just to hangout on. I lived on campus in one of the dorms, which was the only option if you wanted the school to help you out with living accommodation. The good things about living in a dorm is without a doubt the location, everything is within a walking distance. They also put together small events in the dorms from time to time such as pancake-breakfast, movie nights, spa-days and stuff like that. On the down side of living in a dorm - you have basically no privacy what so ever which took some time to get used to.