Join us In Costa Rica in May, 2020


Update: The May, 2020 trip is now full. If you are interested in joining us next year, the below information may be helpful. We will follow a similar timeline. 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED: The application for the Costa Rica trip has been opened!  Join us on this study abroad adventure through Exploring the Health Care System in Costa Rica hosted by The College of Nursing.  If you are interested in joining our 2020 trip to Costa Rica, please fill out the google form linked here. Details to follow via email. We are looking forward to hearing from you. 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. 

The application for the 2020 program is due January 24, 2020 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. Please email Celeste Newcomb at to let her know you dropped off an application.

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 2020, the student price will be $2,499, 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 2020, we will hold a spring term one credit course to prepare students. The May term course with an embedded travel component will be 2 credits.

Please note, the official program beings on Monday May 11th but all students should plan on flying in on Sunday May 10th. We will hold a general orientation and review the schedule the evening of May 10th. Please plan to be in Costa Rica by late afternoon on the 10th. The trip ends on Saturday May 16th and students should plan to depart on Sunday the 17th.

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

If you have questions about the program, you can email me directly at