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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: CONCORDIA applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Areas of Study: Nursing Class Status: 3) Junior, 4) Senior
Housing Options: Homestay Program Type: Global Ed.
Program Description:
Costa Rica Nursing
Gain new skills and perspective by joining CUW nursing students and faculty on a three-week cultural immersion and clinical experience at a private Costa Rican university, UNIBE. During the program you will observe and provide patient care in a wide variety of clinical care settings, including a medical-surgical hospital, children's hospital, primary care clinics, home-visiting nurses, substance abuse centers, older adult care centers and Christian-based orphanages. Also, you will have the opportunity to learn and practice Spanish in daily classroom sessions. During your free weekends, you will have opportunities to tour amazing cultural and natural sites with a bilingual guide. Lodging will be with a host family and all meals will be provided by the family or the university. Must be at least a junior in the CUW nursing program to participate. 
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Students who join this program will be required to register for one of the following courses:
NURS 453: Global Education Costa Rica Immersion (3 credits)*
*This course is listed in the Spring 2019 semester. This class will satisfy your UG culture requirement for Nursing majors. 

Travel Dates

May 18- June 8, 2019


This course is led by Dr. Mary Lou Kopp of the Concordia School of Nursing and she is  the best person to contact for questions about this program. 


  • This program is open to junior and senior nursing students. 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Must be in good academic and conduct standing with the institution.
  • Must register for one of the associated courses. 
  • Must comply with all deadlines for applications, document submissions, deposits and other payments.


  • Program Fees: 3,000
  • Tuition (3 credits)*
  • Study Abroad Fee: $50
  • iNext Insurance Costs: $50
*For full-time undergraduates, the 3 credits of tuition is part of the Spring 2019 semester. As long as your Spring registration remains 18 or less, there is no extra tuition cost. 


Included in the Program Fees are:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Lodging with a local host family
  • All meals provided (except weekend lunches)
  • Guided educational tours and activities
Not Included:
  • Fees associated with obtaining a valid passport*
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals during travel to and from Costa Rica
  • Lunches on weekends are not included and must be paid for independently
  • Immunizations
  • Costa Rica departure fee- $29
  • Optional excursions
  • Service project donations
  • Airport parking
  • Tips for housekeeping, skycaps, wait staff

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/10/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/18/2019 06/08/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.