Unique education for nurses with a foreign degree

Published: 5 March 2018

Luleå University of Technology is the only university in the country offering distance education and mentoring programs in Complementary programme for nurses with a nursing degree from outside the EU/EES and Switzerland.

– I have three toddlers and, for me, it perfectly with distance education. It's a long way to Luleå, but we only need to travel here a few times per semester and it's great to meet the other students and do practical exercises, says Afrah Abdullahi, born in Somalia, raised in Dubai and lives in Skåne.

This is the first time that Luleå University of Technology gives the education and was one of three universities that had  program start in January 2018. The university in Luleå is the only university in Sweden that provides education at a distance.

Opportunity to enter the organisation

The program ensures and supports students' knowledge in important and relevant areas of theory, but also by practicing practical aspects at the university. The education also gives students the opportunity to enter the organisation through the clinical training.

Lectures are given through the Adobe Connect, an Information and Communication Technology tool. Each semester, four meetings are held at university that are used to training practical moments, conducting written and oral examinations as well as workshops.

– It feels great to come back to the profession as a nurse. The universities are very different and everything is very systematically performed with nice equipment, said Michael Iouie Naid from the Philippines, who lives in Kramfors.

Mentorn - a support for the student

Luleå University of Technology is the only university in the country that has a mentoring program linked to education. It is provided as a complement to the remote studies. The mentor will be a support for the student during the programme and a contact to turn. They are also available for reflection during the education.
– In the mentorship program, students will develop both as an individual and professionally. The idea is that they can lift what they need to discuss, says Ingela Jobe, PhD student and mentor.

Preliminarly, the program will be starting in January 2019. Educational leader Päivi Juuso recommends those who are interested in the program to review the pre-requisite requirements that are required to be assumed.

– The student must have a grade in Swedish and they should start the process early in order to get the grades required.


Päivi Juuso

Päivi Juuso, Senior Lecturer, international coordinator

Phone: +46 (0)920 493897
Organization: Nursing, Nursing Care, Department of Health Sciences
Ingela Jobe

Ingela Jobe, PhD Student position

Phone: +46 (0)920 493083
Organization: Nursing, Nursing Care, Department of Health Sciences

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