Program Information
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Winter 2020: Virgin Islands NURS
January 02, 2020 - January 31, 2020
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Meetings
Interest Meetings:
02/13/2019 5:30 PM - 6:00 PMMcDowell 222
02/19/2019 11:00 AM - 11:45 AMMcDowell 114
02/19/2019 5:30 PM - 6:00 PMMcDowell 222
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
05/21/2019 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM222 McDowell Hall
12/06/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM347 McDowell Hall
Program Notes
Program Description
This is an acute care hospital experience as well as a culturally focused experience. Nursing and other healthcare majors (14 total) will travel to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) in the Caribbean. Students will experience firsthand the challenges and successes of healthcare in both the hospital and the clinic/urgent care settings, while partnered in a preceptor-type 1-1 experience with a nurse and/or other healthcare specialist. 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, and an overall review of the similarities and difference in healthcare and lifestyles in the USVI, the BVI, and the U.S.

In Nursing 411, students will have extensive acute care and clinic experiences at Peebles Hospital in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. This hospital experience allows students to create journal entries and participate in discussions regarding the successes, challenges as well as similarities and differences within the US health care system. Content assists students in integrating scientific and theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. Content assists students in integrating scientific and theoretical knowledge into clinical practice. This course places a significant focus on patient safety and an application of a “safe culture” into the care of populations in remote locations and those that are vulnerable/at risk. Additional areas of focus include the legal, ethical and nursing and health care leadership influences important to patient care.

In Nursing 412, students will explore health care services for men, women and children in the British Virgin Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands comparing these to the mainland United States. Seminars will include the following topics: multicultural issues surrounding access to health care, alternative medicine/bush/herbal medicines, 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, culture, government, natural resources, economic growth, and health care system.

Specific experiences that allow for history, culture and natural resources to be explored are facilitated through excursions. In St. Croix students will experience the "Carnival" season (which dates back to the days of slavery in the Caribbean). Two sailing excursions through the Sir Francis Drake Channel put the students in the middle of an area rich in history. Students experience first-hand the British and U.S. Virgin Islands as seen years ago by some of the first inhabitants; Taino Indians, Carib Indians, Pirates, Slaves and Plantation owners. The final farewell dinner excursion takes place on Peter Island. In St. John, USVI, students learn more about the history and natural environment of the islands. St. John is 3/4 National Park and much of it remains untouched. The National Parks Service provides guided excursions and learning opportunities via hiking the trails, visiting historical Indian petroglyphs, and sugar cane plantation ruins.

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 via studying history, current lifestyles, environment, and foods of the Caribbean are encouraged and emphasized through excursions, experiences with the local people, and through lecture/discussion/journaling.

Home base for one week will be on an island (Hotel on Cay) in the St Croix Christiansted Harbor. Two weeks will be in cottages in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI and one week in an Inn in the town of Cruz Bay, St John (USVI). Breakfast is included in the program fee in St. John.

Students who are interested in nursing, healthcare and also interested in getting experience in an acute and clinic environment should consider this program.

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

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to or from the Virgin Islands, nor airport transfers within the continental U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in the Virgin Islands. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated 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: United States and 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 United States and 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 Adults & Children (3 credits)
Students will explore health care services for men, women and children in the United States and British Virgin Islands and compare their findings to that in 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:
Multicultural
UNIV 370-148: Study Abroad - 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
Requirements
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 email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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.
Costs
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 CGPS 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.
  • CGPS 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$2,385.00$6,404.00
Final Program Fee$4,400.00$4,400.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,815.00$10,834.00
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 http://www1.udel.edu/finaid/rates.html for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Scholarships
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.
Deadlines
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 20, 2019
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 02, 2019
$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.
Contacts
Diane Rudolphi
Faculty Director
Nursing
321 McDowell
302-831-6723
drudolph@udel.edu
File Downloads
Interest Meeting Slides
Tentative Itinerary

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.