Tola Beach (Gigante) Pacific Coast

Study Abroad

San Juan del Sur - Monkey (2)Nicaragua
May 14 – 23, 2016

“Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Health Services”

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

Application deadline:  February 12, 2016


Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Health Services is designed to increase students’ appreciation of cultural diversity within the framework of intercultural communication skills and to enable students to compare Nicaraguan health care and environmental issues and systems with those in the U.S. Topics to be addressed include: Nicaragua’s top health issues and the Nicaraguan health care system; environmental issues and its relationship to physical health outcomes; and the role of the Ministry of Health (MINSA) in coordinating health services throughout Nicaragua. Learning activities will include presentations by local physicians, nurses, and community health and development leaders, tours, service projects with community-based health facilities, and roundtable discussions and presentations with officials from MINSA.

The first week of the program (May 9-13) will be in Atlanta. During this time, the Program Director will conduct lectures providing the participants with a general overview of Nicaraguan history, basic conversational Spanish, intercultural communication skills and pre-departure orientation. The next week (May 14-23) will be spent in Nicaragua, including the following cities: Managua, Gigante, Rivas, San Juan del Sur and Granada. The final week of the program (May 24– June 3) will be in Atlanta, wrapping up the course and working on final projects.

Waterfall Jinotega


Because the participants will travel to three different cities in Nicaragua they will stay at three-star-rated hotels. Hotels will include double-occupancy rooms with a shower in the bathroom, sitting area in lobby, laundry facility and wireless Internet.


Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.


May 14: Travel to Nicaragua.

May 15: Tour of clinic in Gigante and time on beach

May 16: Health project at school and house visits to the elderly

May 17: House visits to the elderly, service projects, community activity and reflection

May 18: Leave Gigante, Visit Las Pilas, Tola. Lunch in Rivas. Health clinic in Rivas. Beach time.

May 19: Visit Public Health Center in San Juan del Sur. Walking tour. Picnic on the beach. Presentations and watch sunset.

May 20: Visit Women’s Cooperative in El Carrizal. Visit Playa Hermosa.

May 21: Leave for Granada. Lunch and city tour in Granada.

May 22: Lake tour of “Las Isletas” in Granada. Visit Catarina and Volcano Masaya.

May 23: Return to Atlanta.

Program Cost Includes

• Round-trip airfare

• Lodging and meals

• Mandatory international medical insurance

• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance


Program Cost Does Not Include

• Georgia State tuition and fees

• Passport fees

• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

$ 500.00 Due upon acceptance

$ 844.00 February 26, 2016

$ 844.00 March 25, 2016

All payments are non-refundable upon receipt

Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.

Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance: Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.


Georgia State University 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 and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.

  • 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.