erasmus+ programme
intercultural learning in nursing

English for Nurses thoroughly encourages hands-on experience!

Through the Erasmus+ programme, English for Nurses takes a leading role in facilitating practical placements for overseas student nurses in UK Hospitals.  This has proven to be a brilliant way for student nurses to gain an invaluable insight into British nursing culture. It is also a fantastic opportunity for them to develop their language skills by being an active part of working-life on English-speaking wards.   For senior staff at UK hospitals, it offers a chance to enrich and diversify their own wards by hosting gifted and enthusiastic overseas students.

Our teachers at English for Nurses have many years of real experience of what to expect when coming to the the UK as an overseas nurse. We can offer support and guidance to overseas students and also work closely with UK hospitals who would like to become hosts.

EfN have already had great success with many talented student nurses who have enjoyed their time here and found it to be a broadening and memorable experience.  Towards the end of their placement, we invite our student nurses to reflect a little on their stay, share their impressions, and to write a brief report about their experience on a UK ward. We also encourage nursing experts, managers and mentors from these hospitals to submit reports and share their thoughts from the perspective of the host.

We are sure that these reports will be helpful and enlightening for any overseas student nurses or UK nursing experts who are interested in becoming a part of this excellent and colourful programme.

If you are considering a placement in the UK, or would like to host a placement in your own hospital, we hope you enjoy reading their inspirational stories and we encourage you to get in contact with EfN, follow in their footsteps, and eventually write one of your own!


  • My Erasmus Exchange in Penrith Hospital, UK – by Sharon Burkhard - 3/1/2017

    Penrith Hospital 7th October 2016 to 20th November 2016 I flew on the 7th October 2016 from Dusseldorf to Newcastle for six weeks. From there I took the train and drove to Carlisle, after changing in Carlise (15 min) I … Continue reading

  • Our Erasmus Exchange in Leicester, UK – By Sünje and Lisa - 23/12/2016

    Lisa and I went on an internship abroad to Leicester, England. We lived with our friendly host mother Cathryn and her lovely daughters, who were ages 6 and 7. From the very first moment, she made us feel very welcome. … Continue reading

  • My Erasmus+ Programme experience in Carlisle: a short report by Tay Duc Nguyen - 12/12/2016

    My Erasmus + Programme experience in Carlisle: a short report by Tay Duc Nguyen My Erasmus + placement was in the Westmoreland General Hospital in Kendal. This report will briefly present my experiences. The Hospital in Kendal is a community … Continue reading

  • My Erasmus + Exchange in Carlisle, Cumbria, in Northern England – by Hannes Gropengiesser - 12/12/2016

    My Erasmus+ Exchange in Carlisle, Cumbria, in Northern England by Hannes Gropengiesser It is October 2016 and just a few months ago I found out the destination for my exchange. I will spend six weeks, just a few minutes from … Continue reading

  • Lisa Müller from Hamburg – working as an Overseas student nurse at St. Antony’s Hospital (Spire) in Sutton - 12/10/2016

    Please read the article here. Continue reading

  • Julius Jahner and Ann Kathrin Gobien – Working as a nursing student for the National Health Services in Cumbria - 13/9/2016

    About our placement in Penrith… Working as a nursing student for the National Health Services in Cumbria… In April 2016, we moved to Penrith in North Cumbria for 6 weeks to do our placement at the Community Hospital in Penrith. … Continue reading

  • Alice Koch – My Erasmus+ Placement in the Community Care of Carlisle - 13/9/2016

    My Erasmus+ Placement in the Community Care of Carlisle Travel & Accommodation Arrival: The cheapest tickets to get to the North of England are with KLM airlines. I flew to Newcastle Airport which is about 100k from Carlisle. It takes … Continue reading

  • Article of Heidrun Pundt (Education Lead Nurse from Bremen and Member of the German Nursing Association DBfK) - 5/9/2016

    I attended the Nurses Expert Trip ‚English for Nurses – intercultural learning‘ from 30.08.2016 – 02.09.2016 in Bristol. All of us (another 9 colleagues) received a warm welcome from Sabine at English for Nurses. On the first day Ms Bella … Continue reading

  • Charlotte Middelhaufe at Spire Leceister in March 2016 - 28/7/2016

    My time at the Spire Leicester Hospital

    I took my plane at the 13th of March 2016 to spend 7 weeks in Leicester. I didn’t know what to expect and was very excited. Continue reading

  • Our Exchange Experience by Christina & Janine - 14/1/2016

    Last September we began our journey to Leicester to undertake work experience at the Spire Hospital. We worked for four weeks, helping the Staff Nurses on Ward Two. Everyone was very friendly and helped us get off to a good … Continue reading

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