Detailed Information about the Student Exchange
· Gain insight into a nursing institution in another country
· Recognise similarities and differences between Switzerland and the host country. For example understanding of care, culture of care, public health etc.
· Are open for new things, deal with different points of view.
· Reflect their expectations and experiences as well as their values and attitudes related to nursing care and health.
· Respect socio-cultural differences and judge socio-cultural knowledge and experience in a positive way.
· Develop awareness about the fact that each culture influences health-illness beliefs and the health system.
· Comprehend what it is like to be a „stranger“ and can react empathetically
· Develop awareness and understanding, how different cultures define nursing care and the role of nurses in different ways.
Level of education
The students are in their last year of general nursing training, or at least halfway through their education.
At the time of the exchange, Swiss students have already completed 2 internships of 6 months each.
The students will work according to their educational level.
Starting point of the exchange
The Berner Bildungszentrum Pflege is building up the structure for an international student exchange.
The first Long-Term Exchange will start in autumn 2012.
Timing of the exchange
Students from the Berner Bildungszentrum Pflege can commence their student exchange in week 9 and week 35.
Exchange students will be welcome in Bern from week 10 and 36 on.
The student exchange lasts at least twelve weeks.
At the latest in week 18 (for the exchange in autumn) and week 45 (for the exchange in spring), the number of students will be communicated.
The students from the Bern Nursing College will work three days a week in the on-the-job training institution. Two days are reserved for private study. The learning assignments will be provided by the Berner Bildungszentrum Pflege. The receiving institution provides the necessary facilities and internet access.
The working hours will be in accordance with the working hours in the host country. Whilst abroad, the students may work week-ends under supervision. The students are entitled to two days off per week, usually on two consecutive days.
Usually the students should speak a minimum level B2/C1 in the language of their host country. Some countries accept guest students with English language skills.
The exchange students are not entitled to receive remuneration from the receiving training institution for the period of practical training.
Within this contract the provision of services between the involved parties is free of charge. Guidance The students will benefit from an orientation program, periodic interviews to review their progress and a final appraisal interview. During a three months exchange at least four group reflexion meetings will
be organised and guided by a qualified person. The main objectives of the exchange will be considered during these meetings.
The students will be offered affordable accommodation within a reasonable distance to the placement.