University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2022: Virgin Islands NURS

Program Dates January 02, 2022 - January 30, 2022
This program is closed.

Program Overview Note: Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 22W study abroad program.

Hospital/clinical visit planned for this program are dependent on a number of health and safety guidelines and regulations and may be canceled. CGPS and the faculty directors are working closely with program partners to ensure the health, safety and a positive educational experience during clinical site visits.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

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).

This healthcare focused study abroad program provides a cultural perspective on diverse and at-risk populations in both community and acute care hospital environments. Nursing and other healthcare majors will travel to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) 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 experience has been created for nursing students and future healthcare providers, preparing them for patient care in acute care and 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 and BVI.

Specific experiences that allow for history, culture and natural resources to be explored are facilitated through excursions. Two excursions sailing through the Sir Francis Drake Channel puts the student in the middle of an area rich in history. Students experience first-hand the British 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.

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 are 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.

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 all housing, excursions and related transportation, some meals, 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. Students are responsible for their meals not specifically provided in the itinerary. 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: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. This program involves moderate physical activity with outdoor hiking and kayaking excursions. 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. All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
NURS 411-071: Topics in Healthcare Delivery: Evidence Based Practices in Health Care in the British and United States Virgin Islands (3 credits)
NURS 412-071: Multicultural Topics in Healthcare Delivery: History, Culture and Health in the Virgin Islands (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Multicultural
UNIV 370-148: Study Abroad - 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$2,435.00$6,534.00
Final Program Fee$4,475.00$4,475.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $6,940.00$11,039.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00

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 Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on June 15, 2021
Recommendation also due by 5pm on June 15, 2021
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: June 29, 2021

Interest Meetings:

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