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Capstone Scholars Study Abroad

UNIV 290: International Healthcare - Service Learning in Nicaragua

Application HERE

Dates: March 5 to March 13
Led by: Dr. Patrick Hickey
Basic Program Fee: $1,870 (tentative) includes 15 meals, bottled water, all in-country transportation, lodging, and guides, training seminars, presentations and lectures.
Non-refundable deposit: $370
Deadline to apply: October 16
Provider: International Service Learning


Application Information: 30 students max will be selected for this program. You will receive a confirmation email on receipt of your application. If you are selected to participate, you will be notified via email. If you do not submit your program deposit by the required date, your spot on the program will be forfeit, and offered to the next person on the waiting list.

Payment Information: Each trip has a payment schedule that includes the non-refundable deposit, and then three additional payment dates of approximately 1/3 of the total cost of each program. We will work with you to accommodate your financial situation, but in some cases we are constrained by the vendor timelines and will have to be inflexible. Please let us know if you have any concerns.

All payments can be made either in cash, or via a check made payable to University of South Carolina. You can submit your payment to Erin Wilson by clicking here, logging in with your Blackboard credentials and selecting "Make Appointment" and then "Meet Erin Wilson" (study abroad or other).

Payment 1 Payment 2 Payment 3
Nicaragua $370 (on or before October 28) $500 (on or before November 13) $500 (on or before December 4) $500 (on or before January 15)

Information Sessions:

  • 9/24 1:30 to 2:30 PM in the Study Shack
  • 9/28 11:30 to 12:30 PM in the Study Shack
  • 9/29 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Study Shack
  • 10/1 1:30 to 2:30 PM in the Study Shack
  • 10/6 1:30 to 2:30 PM in the Study Shack
  • 10/7 2:00 to 3:00 PM in the Study Shack

Scholarship Information: We have tried to plan our dates and deadlines in consideration of scholarship award notifications. The Scholarships & Financial Aid page on the Study Abroad website is a great starting point and offers many more scholarship possibilities (like Undergraduate Departmental Scholarships). Some highlighted scholarships to consider are:

Dobson Service Learning Grant: The Dobson Volunteer Service Program at the University of South Carolina provides funding support for students, faculty and staff members to engage in direct service activities, both locally and abroad. Applicants for Dobson funding (up to 50 percent of approved expenses) must agree to provide on their return a personal reflection document and ten presentations sharing information about their experiences as a Dobson participant. Emphasis is placed on depth of service commitment, and the impact it might have on individual spiritual development through the service experience. Application forms and more information can be found here: Dobson Grant Information

Other costs to consider:
Medical and Travel Insurance: ~ $70
USC Tuition: 3 credit hours
Airfare: ~$950, book early
Passport: $135-$165
Tourist Card: ~$10
Visa fee: varies
Airport departure tax: varies
Immunizations: varies
Excess baggage fees: varies
Meal money: varies
Fun money: varies
Tips/gratuities: varies