Program Information
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Summer 2021: Virgin Islands NURS
June 05, 2021 - July 02, 2021 (dates are tentative)

Interest Meetings:
09/14/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMZoom:
09/14/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PMZoom:
09/14/2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMZoom:
11/20/2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 PMN/AInformational video:
Program Notes
The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by IGS).
Program Description
This healthcare-focused study abroad program provides a cultural perspective with diverse and at risk populations in both community as well as acute care hospital environments. 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 experience has been created for nursing students and 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.

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 provide journal entries and 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 US Virgin Islands comparing these to the 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 the history, culture and natural resources of the islands to be explored are facilitated through excursions. Two excursions ( through the Sir Francis Drake Channel puts the student in the middle of an area rich in history. Students experience first-hand the British and US Virgin Islands as seen years ago by some of the first inhabitants; Taino Indians, Carib Indians, Pirates and Enslaved Africans experiencing the challenges of life/survival on plantations. The final farewell dinner excursion takes place on St. John. On St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 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 Park Service ( provide guided excursions and learning opportunities hiking the trails, visiting historical Indian petroglyphs ( and sugar cane plantation ruins.

The program fee includes excursions and "island hopping" to different inhabited as well as uninhabited islands for both cultural and healthcare experiences (Islands visited include; St. John, St. Thomas, Tortola, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke, The Indians and Virgin Gorda). 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 in cottages in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI. These newly renovated cottages are located on the hill above the bay with expansive views of Cane Garden Bay and Jost Van Dyke. The sunsets are spectacular! Cane Garden Bay offers numerous restaurants with small grocery store. There are multiple beds in each of the cottages and house between 2-4 students (based on units). Each of the bedrooms has air-conditioning with full kitchens (refrigerator, oven/stove, microwave and grill). Bathroom as well as beach towels are provided.

The final week is spent at an inn located in the town of Cruz Bay, St John, USVI. This inn is located a short walk from town and restaurants. Each room includes air-conditioning and kitchen facilities (refrigerator, stove, microwave and grill). Bathroom and beach towels are provided. In addition, the program fee includes beach chairs, snorkeling gear and daily breakfast.

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.

Program information video:

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 upon 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:
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
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 Summer 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-December.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early June.
  • 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$2,385.00$6,404.00
Estimated Program Fee$4,250.00$4,250.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$45.00$45.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$6,680.00$10,699.00
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.
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.

Full-time undergraduate students taking at least 12 credits in the fall 2020 semester may take up to an additional six credits this academic year during the winter and/or summer 2021 sessions at no additional tuition charge. The maximum number of course credits spread across the fall semester and winter and/or summer sessions covered by this provision is 18. If a student takes 12 credits in fall, they will have 6 tuition-free credits left to use in winter and/or summer. If they take 13 credits in the fall, they will have 5 tuition-free credits left to use, and so on. Students will be charged tuition in winter and/or summer for any credits exceeding 18. For full details, please visit the UD Return to Fall website.
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 onNovember 20, 2020
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedDecember 08, 2020
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-December
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly June
*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

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