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Winter 2018: Virgin Islands NURS
January 04, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/27/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMMcDowell 3rd Floor Study Area- Stop by at any point!
02/28/2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PMMcDowell 3rd Floor Study Area- Stop by at any point!
03/13/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PMMcDowell 216
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
12/08/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMMcDowell 114
Program Notes
Program Description
Nursing and other healthcare majors (14 total) will travel to the British (BVI) and US (USVI) Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Students will experience first hand the challenges and success of healthcare in both the hospital as well as the clinic/urgent care areas while partnered in a preceptor type 1-1 experience with a nurse and/or other healthcare provider in a number of specialties. This is excellent experience for future healthcare providers; preparing them for patient care in acute care as well as clinic facilities. Primary areas of focus include the importance of evidence based practice, patient safety as well as an overall review of areas of similarities as contrasts in healthcare and cultural lifestyles of the US, USVI and BVI.

The program fee includes excursions and "island hopping" to as many as 11 different inhabited as well as uninhabited islands for both cultural and healthcare experiences (Islands visited include; St. John, St. Thomas, Norman Island, Peter Island, Dead Man's Chest, Salt Island, Cooper Island, Ginger Island, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and Anagada). Cultural immersion is encouraged and emphasized through excursions, experiences with the people as well as through lecture/discussion/journal formats reviewing the culture, history, current lifestyle, environment and food of the Caribbean. Home base for three weeks will be in cottages steps from the beach in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI and one week in an Inn in the town of Cruz Bay, St John (USVI).

Students who are interested in nursing, healthcare and also interested in getting experience in an acute and clinic environment should consider this program. The additional bonus includes; experiencing a different more relaxed culture, while exploring, and hiking some of the highest rated/world class tropical environments.

The Program Fee includes housing, international medical insurance, and excursions.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to or from BVI, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Road Town, BVI. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
NURS 411-071: Topics in Healthcare Delivery: British Virgin Islands (3 credits)
Using a seminar format, students discuss major issues identified in the nursing and health care found in the acute care and clinic settings in the British Virgin Islands. Content assists students in integrating scientific and theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Course focuses on vulnerable/at risk populations, legal and ethical issues, nursing roles, and nursing leadership.
NURS 412-071: Multicultural Topics in Healthcare Delivery: Health Services for Women & Children (3 credits)
Students will explore health care services for men, women and children in the British Virgin Islands and compare to the United States. Seminars will include the following topics: multicultural issues surrounding access to health care, health care screening and preventative services. Through course work and a service-learning component students will learn about the people of the prospective country within the context of their history, government, natural resources, economic growth, and health care system. Additionally, the student will be required to identify health care needs of high risk populations, discuss a potential plan of action, and educational services to address that need.
Satisfies the following requirements:
UNIV 370-148: Study Abroad - British Virgin Islands NURS (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,000.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-May.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$5,100.00$5,100.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$7,358.00$11,106.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,000.00$1,000.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onOctober 09, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2017
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Diane Rudolphi
Faculty Director
321 McDowell
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