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Incredible experience. This opened my eyes to see the world around me differently. I wish I was back in Costa Rica!
To study abroad, even for a short time, is an opportunity in which every student should be engaged. The valuable experience of culture and dynamics of the world in which we live helps to broaden personal thinking unlike any other classroom.
It was an amazing experience and I wouldn't change a thing about it.
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.
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
- 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.
Application Deadline: Nov. 15
2018 Program Cost: $3,400
*program price is subject to change
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.
The program fee includes:
- $350 application fee
- Roundtrip Airfare
- Cultural Activities
- Site visits & Lectures
- Airport Pickup
- Onsite Orientation
- Health Insurance
- Some meals (breakfasts)
- On-site, bilingual coordinator
- International student identification card
The program fee does not include:
- Checked baggage fees
- 2 meals/day
- Personal Expenses
Day 1: Arrive in San José, Check into housing, Arrival Orientation
Day 2: Excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park & Welcome Lunch
Day 3: Lecture on Healthcare in Costa Rica & visit to Clinica Biblica (private clinic)
Day 4: Lecture on Tropical Diseases, City Tour & souvenir market, visit to Children's Hospital
Day 5: Tour & activity at Carlos Maria Ulloa Senior Citizen's Home & visit go nursing school at Universidad Latina
Day 6: Activity at Hogar de la Esperanza, cooking class, and group discussion
Day 7: Visit Irazu Volcano, Cafe Britt Coffee Tour, Farewell Lunch
Day 8: Depart for U.S.
Contact: For more information, please contact the faculty leader Dr. Leigh Ann Breckenridge at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the Study Abroad Office at email@example.com or go here to see available walk-in study abroad advising times.