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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Global Health in Diverse Cultures
  Spring Break Costa Rica  

San Jose, Costa Rica
March 2 - 10, 2019
 Spring Break

Program Description:  This program is for undergraduate and graduate nursing and public health students interested in increasing their understanding of international healthcare issues as they relate to nursing and public health. The program will include site visits to public hospitals and private clinics as well as opportunities to engage in health promotion activities and interact with health care practitioners.

Faculty Leader: This program is led by Professor Leigh Ann Breckenridge ( of the UofM's Loewenberg College of Nursing.
Study Abroad Scholarship: Don't forget to apply to the Study Abroad Scholarship! The application for the scholarship is separate from the program application and it is due Nov. 1!  Apply here.
Course Information: Participants will earn 3 semester credits for Nursing 4331/6331, but it is open to any students with an interest in the field of health. There are no course pre-requisites. The course will provide an opportunity for students to explore healthcare delivery and practices in an international setting. Costa Rica is an ideal location for this class as it provides universal health care for its citizens and has one of the best public health systems in Latin America. Past program activities have  included the following: 
  • Guest lecture on Tropical Diseases
  • Guest lecture on Health Care in Costa Rica
  • Academic visit to a public hospital
  • Academic visit to Children's hospital
  • Service learning project at Senior Citizen's center
Asociación Hogar Carlos María Ulloa: A Senior Citizen's Center that has been providing comprehensive care for the elderly for 130 years. They strive to provide a family atmosphere of acceptance and respect, while fully addressing the needs of over 200 seniors at the center. The staff provides exceptional care and is trained in the use of modern equipment and emergency care. Services include: dining and kitchen areas, recreational/occupational therapy, social services, medical care, dental care, psychology clinic, laundry services, sewing workshops, hair salon, transportation to medical appointments, library, cinema, and outdoor areas.

Cultural Activities: Students will broaden their understanding of Costa Rican culture through their participation in activities and excursions listed below:
  • San José City Tour
  • Cooking class
  • Cafe Britt Coffee Tour
  • Irazu Volcano
  • Manuel Antonio National park
Passports: All students should apply for their passport no later than Nov. 15! This is needed so that you receive your passport in time for the Study Abroad Office to confirm your flight ticket. Students who have not applied by Nov. 15 must contact the Study Abroad Office to see how they should expedite their passport application.

Accommodations: Students will be housed in shared rooms at a hotel for the duration of the program in San José. Daily breakfast is included with the accommodations.

All students whose application is fully complete by the application deadline of Nov. 15 will receive a $100 discount. Nov. 15 is the deadline to apply to this program.
Program fee: Program fee includes: Program fee does not include:

(Subject to Change)
  • $350 application fee
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Cultural Activities
  • Site visits & Lectures
  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodations
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Some meals (breakfasts)
  • On-site, bilingual coordinator
  • International student identification card
  • Tuition
  • Checked baggage fees
  • 2 meals/day
  • Personal Expenses
  • Passport
Tentative Itinerary:
Day                               Activities
March 2                        Depart USA
                                     Arrive in San Jose
                                     Check into Hotel
                                     Welcome Dinner
March 3                        Visit Manuel Antonio National Park
                                     Visit the EBAIS clinic in Quepos
                                     Free time
March 4                        Visit Clinica Biblica
                                     Free time 
March 5                        Visit Hospital de Ninos
                                     San Jose City Tour
                                     Explore souvenir market
                                     Guest Lecture -Tropical Disease
                                     Free time 
March 6                        Group Service Activity
                                     Visit Universidad Latina's nursing school
                                     Free time
March 7                        Group Service Activity
                                     Costa Rican cooking class
                                     Group discussion
                                     Free time 
March 8                        Visit Irazu Volcano
                                     Visit Cafe Brit
                                     Free time
March 9                        Visit La Paz Waterfalls
                                     Farewell Dinner
March 10                      Check out
                                     Depart for 
     Schedule Appointment with an Advisor        Email Study Abroad Office        Scholarship Opportunities

This program is currently not accepting applications.