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International Programs at the School of Nursing

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The School of Nursing is pleased to announce another opportunity for BSN '09 students to study abroad Winter Quarter 2009. The School of Nursing began this opportunity for students with a special interest in immersion in a Spanish-speaking culture to study abroad in Costa Rica in 2006.

Students who are selected for this program will spend Winter Quarter in Costa Rica, taking the regularly scheduled family/childbearing, family nursing practicum and ethics courses (NURS 410, NURS 415 and NCLIN 416). Course curriculum is identical to that taught in Seattle; however, the scheduling of classes is adjusted during the 10 weeks to take advantage of visits from UW faculty. The program will be led by Dr. Catherine Carr and Dr. Catherine Lindenberg from the Department of Family and Child Nursing, with other UW faculty coming for shorter intensive visits. Drs. Carr and Lindenberg will build upon their combined extensive experience and contacts in Central America to teach the courses. The course will be based in Alajuela, a provincial capital a few miles from San Jose, with field visits to smaller towns or rural sites. The dates of the course will be approximately January 5 to March 13, 2009. Students who participate in the Costa Rica Study Abroad program will have to take NMETH 403 (Introduction to Research in Nursing) during Summer 2008 or prior to participation; they will also be required to take a one-credit seminar during Autumn Quarter 2008 to prepare for their Costa Rican experience. After the program, a 1-credit seminar during Spring Quarter 2009 will assist students in integrating their study abroad experience into the community.

The School of Nursing at the University of Costa Rica and numerous community agencies will be involved in this experience. The program cost to the student will be equal to or less than the costs of regular tuition, fees, and living expenses for a quarter in Seattle, with no loss of a student's usual scholarships and loans. Students will be responsible for their travel costs between Seattle and San Jose, CR and any necessary immunizations, but can apply for scholarships from the Office of International Programs & Exchanges and the Citizens of the World program to help with those expenses.

We regret that students may not take family and/or significant others with them during the eleven-week study program.

Important Deadlines
March 3 Applications due
March 21 Notice of acceptances sent out
April 1* Accepted students must notify Sarah Ross whether they intend to participate in the program
*Tentative dates

Please address your e-mails about the program to Sarah Ross, Director of International Programs for the School of Nursing.

Sarah Ross, Tel. (206) 221-2524, sarross at uw dot edu