APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED: The application for the Costa Rica trip has been re-opened, as two new spots are now open to go on the trip in May 2019 for all majors/Penn State campuses. If you are a Nursing student, the College of Nursing would like to fund one student to join us in Costa Rica  who otherwise would not be able to travel due to financial reasons. Join us on this study abroad adventure through Exploring the Health Care System in Costa Rica hosted by The College of Nursing.  The application for the 2019 program is due November 1, 2018 and the link to the application can be found in the tab above. There are no pre-requisites for this course. Drop off your hard copy in room 201 in the Nursing Sciences Building.

On the trip, students will learn and see first-hand how health care is delivered in Costa Rica. In addition, students will meet with nurses, physicians, and other providers of care, along with policy makers and administrators, in an effort to learn how Costa Rica is able to achieve impressive health outcomes. The Learning Objective for this embedded program is for students to analyze information obtained on the trip and effectively present to others what they have learned and experienced. A highlight for many students in this program is the opportunity for independent research. In addition to the travel, this course requires class sessions and course work. For 2019, the student price will be $2,199, which includes all student lodging, all food, and transportation to and from the base hotel in San Jose. Price does not include airfare or tuition. Most students obtain some type of support funding.  In 2019, we will follow the same model as we did in 2018 with a spring term one credit course and a May term three credit course.

Please note, the official program beings on Monday May 6th but all students should plan on flying in on Sunday May 5th. We will hold a general orientation and review the schedule the evening of May 5th. Please plan to be in Costa Rica by late afternoon on the 5th. The trip ends on Saturday May 11th and students should plan to depart on Sunday the 12th.  The program  price will be $2,199.

You can read what students have to say about the 2018 trip and access the application on our website at

If you have questions about the program, you can me directly at Please copy my teaching assistant Paula Tabaschek at