University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Virgin Islands NURS

Program Dates January 04, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview 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.

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)
NURS 412-071: Multicultural Topics in Healthcare Delivery: Health Services for Women & Children (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Multicultural
UNIV 370-148: Study Abroad - British Virgin Islands NURS (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
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 $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.

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.

*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.

Contact Information:
Diane Rudolphi
Faculty Director
321 McDowell

Submit Program Application by 5pm on October 09, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on October 09, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Interest Meetings:
02/27/2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, McDowell 3rd Floor Study Area
02/28/2017, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, McDowell 3rd Floor Study Area
03/13/2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, McDowell 216

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