Aim: The aim of this paper is to provide arguments for incorporating keypal exchanges prior to an international exchange. Background: At Rotterdam University of Applied Science in the Netherlands, the Master's in Advanced Nursing Practice Program/Nurse Practitioner Program focuses on the role of the nurse practitioner and places emphasis on internationalization within the curriculum. The students must complete a short-term immersion experience to the USA during the 2-year programme. Conclusion: An effective teaching strategy to acculturate students to the American culture, healthcare and nursing system differences was utilized by incorporating keypal communication within the international preparation programme.

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Maas-Garcia, L. (2009). Nursing keypal exchange: An effective acculturation strategy to prepare for an international experience. International Nursing Review, 56(1), 142–144. doi:10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00660.x