Dr. Madeleine Leininger perhaps best answers the question, "Why study abroad?" "To be effective in tomorrow’s world, it is imperative that nurses have a broad, in-depth knowledge about several different cultural groups they will undoubtedly be helping, so that they will know how to make the appropriate culturally based nursing care intervention."
Nursing students who have returned from study abroad have described the benefits they gained from the experience. Hettie Peele said, "I never dreamed this trip would ever be possible. It has changed my life forever." Some benefits noted by students: