Tola Beach (Gigante) Pacific Coast

Study Abroad

San Juan del Sur - Monkey (2)Nicaragua
May 17 – 24, 2015

“Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Health Services”

Sponsored by the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions

Application deadline:  February 13, 2015


Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Health Services is designed to increase students’ appreciation of cultural influences within the framework of intercultural communication skills. Students learn to compare Nicaraguan health care and environmental issues and systems with these in the U.S.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State University and the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program director.

Activities will include presentations by national and international experts, tours of health programs and facilities, roundtable discussions on health and health policy issues, student-led presentations and service learning projects.Waterfall Jinotega




May 17 Travel Day

May 18 Tour organic coffee farm and community of Los Robles.

Visit homes and clinic with presentations on Nica Agua, Eco Stoves, Eco Ovens. Dinner is cultural experience making handmade tortillas and other food items with local women.


May 19 Students work in teams of 3-4 students at local clinic with medical staff and local community with local health volunteers. Clinic projects include intake, observation and surveys. Community projects include home visits, surveys and possible household infrastructure projects.


May 20 Guided tour of regional health center and hospital in Jinotega. Q & A with representatives from Ministry of Health. Depart for Granada, oldest city in the Americas.


May 21 Visit Lake Nicaragua with tour of volcanic islands, including islands inhabited by birds and monkeys. Tour of city of Granada, including beautiful crater overlook of Laguna de Apoyo. Travel to Playa Gigante.


May 22 Students work in teams of 3-4 students at another local clinical and community health volunteers as in Los Robles. After lunch on the beach, students visit AM Service Program in Gigante and meet with local health center medical staff and local NGO’s to discuss impact of tourism and foreign investment on community.


May 23 Visit to health outpost in nearby Las Pilas. Guided tour of Municipal Health Center in Tola. Visit the city of Rivas for lunch overlooking the Lake Nicaragua island of Ometepe and the active volcanos of

Concepcion and Madera. Guided tour of the Municipal Hospital of Rivas and Q &A with local Ministry

of Health. Travel to modern family hotel Managua Hills for dinner and overnight.


May 24 Travel Day

$1,840 PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees, and round trip airfare to and from Nicaragua. Non-resident/out-of-state students pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to program cost.

Program Cost Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and lunch)
  • Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
  • Mandatory international medical insurance

Price does not include

  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

$500 deposit due immediately upon acceptance

$670 first payment due February 27. 2015

$670 final payment due March 27, 2015

(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt.)

Pay your deposit by finding the program listing at and following the payment instructions. Refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

Georgia State students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit or call the Office of International Initiatives, Study Abroad Programs at 404-413-2529 for more information.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 404-413-2400 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.

Students have the option of purchasing an “International Student ID Card” from STA Travel, for travel discounts in participating countries. For more information, visit

  • Find this program’s listing at and begin an online application.
    (Program size is limited, so apply early). Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.
  • Transient students: see transient student page at
  • International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

The program is open to all undergraduate, graduate and transient students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State and The Lewis School. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program director.
Accepted participants will register for Selected Topics in The Lewis School – SNHP 3000, SNHP 3050 (undergraduate course) or SNHP 8050 (graduate course). Students from other institutions should follow their school regulations concerning transfer credits.