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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: January Intersession
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing: Hotel Eligible Year: 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Program Type: Faculty-Led
Program Description:
This program is filled for January 2019. The program is scheduled to run in 2020. 

Travel Dates: January 6 - 15, 2019 
Number of students on program:  20 students
map of Costa Rica

Join this 1-credit service learning program to Costa Rica and learn how community
health needs are addressed at the grassroots level. During this 10-day program,
future nurses engage with a group of Nicaraguan refugees living in La Carpio,
a poverty-stricken community on the outskirts of San Josè. Students work
with community members, prepare health education workshops and learn about
healthcare in Costa Rica, comparing the local shaman and indigenous beliefs with
American healthcare. This program is designed to broaden students’ perspectives
on community health and wellness and is restricted to nursing majors who have
completed the Fundamentals of Patient-Centered Nursing Care course.  This course, Nursing Service-Learning in Costa Rica (0302-244-001), fulfills one Global/Civic Engagement Learning Goal. Some class sessions will be held on the Adelphi campus prior to and upon return from Costa Rica.

2018 Nursing Service Learning Experience in Costa Rica Itinerary
Nursing Service Learning Experience in Costa Rica Syllabus

Faculty Directors
Charles Cal, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Public Health,
Kenneth C. Rondello, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Public Health,

Course Registration
  • During open planning, students should register online for the following 1-credit Intersession course, Nursing Service-Learning in Costa Rica (0302-244-001).  All registrations will need CIE Office approval.  
  • All participants will receive undergraduate credit.
  • Graduate students may participate; however, they will receive undergraduate credit that will not count toward their graduate degree.

  • The course is considered part of the 2019 spring semester and traditional undergraduate students only pay additional tuition fees if they are part-time (11 credits or fewer) or exceed 17 credits. 
  • Part time students, graduate students or students enrolled in specialty programs (e.g. Accelerated B.S. in Nursing, Accelerated M.B.A.) will be charged the standard per credit undergraduate tuition rate.
  • All participants will be charged a $150 study abroad fee.
  • All tuition charges and fees will be assessed to the student's online tuition account for the relevant semester.
Program Fee
Estimated Cost: $1,900 + airfare
Costa Rica Nursing 2016
Program fee includes:
  • In-country ground transportation
  • Lodging
  • Most meals
  • CISI international health insurance
Program fee does not include:
  • Round trip airfare from home city to San Jose (DO NOT BOOK YOUR FLIGHT UNTIL YOU RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM CIE)
  • Airport departure tax ($30)
  • Passport & visa fees (US citizens do not need a visa)
  • Luggage fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Adelphi tuition and study abroad fee (charged to tuition account; see above)

Application Procedures & Deadlines

Apply directly online by clicking "Apply Now" above.  You will then need to make a deposit to  reserve your spot.  Program acceptance is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on the order in which the deposits are received. Your application will be considered incomplete without the program deposit.  Cash, checks or money orders (payable to Adelphi University) are acceptable forms of payment.  The Center for International Education is located in Nexus 145 on the Garden City campus.  Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  

Mailing Instructions: (checks & money orders only)
Center for International Education
Adelphi University, Nexus 145
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

The payment timeline is as follows.  Please note that a $50 non-refundable late fee will be assessed for each payment deadline missed.
  • Before September 17 : $300 (non-refundable)
  • October 15: $1000
  • November 19: $600

Refund & Cancellation Policy
The program deposit is non-refundable unless the program is cancelled. An attempt to recover funds from our tour providers will be made, but no refund is guaranteed.

Travel Documentation
Students are responsible for their own travel documents, including obtaining a passport and researching entry regulations.
  • All students need a valid passport with an expiration date at least six months after your return.
  • U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica for this short-term program.  If you are a citizen of another country, please research the visa requirements.  Please email the Center for International Education ( if you need assistance.
  • For students maintaining F-1 international student status, interested in participating in a study abroad program, the following must be completed:
    • Contact the Office of International Student Services in order to review your I-20, passport and F-1 visa for review and guidance for participation
    • Request a travel endorsement signature valid for re-entry into the United States.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • All students participating in Adelphi faculty-led programs may be eligible to have their financial aid package re-evaluated based on the additional program fees listed above.  Keep in mind that most re-evaluations result only in an increase in loan eligibility and funds may not be available until after the start date of the program.  Students who anticipate using loans must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits. Students are responsible for meeting all payment deadlines above, regardless of their financial aid status.  If you would like to discuss your financial aid package, you should visit the Student Financial Services office in the lower level of Levermore Hall.
  • Please note that recipients of the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) must register for at least 12 credits in the spring semester in addition to this course in order to maintain their eligibility.  January intersession courses do not count toward that 12-credit requirement.    
  • Adelphi University offers several study abroad tuition scholarships for undergraduate students.  Find more information here.

Health & Safety
  • The Zika Virus is present in Costa Rica. For updated health information pertaining to your study abroad destination, visit the CDC here.
  • ​Find updated Travel Advisories & Alerts posted by the Department of State here.



This program is currently not accepting applications.