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!


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  • Kimberley and Rieke’s 7 Week Placement at Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol - 30/10/2017

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    With a network of contacts in the UK and throughout Europe, EfN have been able to arrange several successful visits of nursing professionals to the UK. These ‘Expert’ visits allow healthcare professionals, managers and academics to spend time in Bristol and gain first-hand experience of hospital facilities, nursing training and development. This month, we welcomed professionals from Hamburg, Munich and Bremen. We were also delighted to be joined by our patron, Professor Jacqui Filkins from Cumbria.

    Below you can read an insightful report from one of our German colleagues about this latest visit: Continue reading

  • My 5 Week Internship at the Spire Hospital in Leicester, England – by Leonie Schuster - 6/6/2017

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  • Seven weeks in Maryport, England - 21/4/2017

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  • My Erasmus Exchange in Cumbria - 21/4/2017

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  • A Review of my Participation in the Erasmus+ Program - 21/4/2017

    A Review of my Participation in the Erasmus+ Program by Laura L. Cockermouth, England, 06.02.2017-12.03.2017 As a part of the Erasmus+ program a schoolmate and I had the opportunity to spend five weeks in a hospital in the north of … Continue reading

  • A Report About My Time In Cumbria, England - 21/4/2017

    A Report About My Time In Cumbria, England By Judith Ernst My time abroad is nearly over now and I can’t believe how much I feel at home here in England, even after such a short time. During these last … Continue reading

  • 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

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