Program Information
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Winter 2025: Coimbra, Portugal ARSC/HLTH micro
January 04, 2025 - January 25, 2025 (dates are tentative)

Interest Meetings:
03/13/2024 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMGore 104
04/02/2024 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Program Notes
This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.
All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations 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 which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events 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.
Program Description
Join fellow UD students for a unique study abroad experience in Coimbra, Portugal! In collaboration with Atlantis, this program will provide students interested in medical school and other health professions the opportunity to shadow physicians in hospital settings and to learn about the European healthcare system. Students will be assigned medical preceptors and will experience 75 hours of shadowing in a hospital. Students who participate in this study abroad experience will gain an international perspective on healthcare, discern whether a health career is right for them, and help fine-tune their career interests.

Outside the hospital, UD students will experience the rich, local culture. Although Portuguese language proficiency is not required, students who do speak Portuguese will improve their language skills. To experience the history and culture of Coimbra and Portugal, some examples of planned excursions include: tours of local historical sites, a day trip into the capital of Lisbon, and exploring the Mondego River.

Study abroad experiences, shadowing physicians, and understanding a European healthcare system helps students to distinguish themselves as strong applicants for medical and other health-related professional schools. Students reside in double rooms in a hotel or apartment with breakfasts and most transportation included in the program fee.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, several group lunches, several group dinners, in-country ground transportation, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Portugal, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Portugal. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together. 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. 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 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
Students are strongly encouraged to have taken Anatomy before coming on the program, but it is not necessary.
ARSC 480-070: Medical Scholars Healthcare Practicum 1 (3 credits)
The practicum focuses on supervised shadowing with medical preceptors, coordinated through partner healthcare systems (e.g. Christiana Care Health System). Students attend a minimum of 125 direct shadowing hours within an assigned medical specialty as well as weekly meetings/seminars. Coursework includes case study projects, evaluations (preceptor/self), and reflection journals.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Restrictions: Open only to MSP students in good academic standing.
HLTH 492-070: International Healthcare Practicum (3 credits)
Supervised practicum providing students the opportunity to work in an international patient care setting focusing on family practice/primary care issues from multiple perspectives. Well-defined, discipline-specific responsibilities at the site under the direction of medical/healthcare preceptors. Minimum 115 practicum hours required as well as regular seminars/debriefings.
Restrictions: Permission of instructor
UNIV 370-236: Study Abroad - ARSC/HLTH - micro (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 3.0 (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 Zoom.

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.
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
Estimated Tuition based on current year$1,755.00$4,710.00
Estimated Program Fee$5,870.00$5,870.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$7,655.00$10,610.00
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.
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 onApril 22, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2024
$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.
Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants.
Saskia Richter
Faculty Director
Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
201V Health Sciences Complex
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Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.