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ASU: Medicine and Veterinary Care English-Speaking Internship in Nicaragua
Diriamba, Nicaragua; Granada, Nicaragua; Managua, Nicaragua; Masaya, Nicaragua; Ometepe, Nicaragua (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Global Studies, Health, Interdisciplinary Studies, Life Sciences, Nursing
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Internships Available:
Graduate Courses Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Toni Bartolutti
College Sponsor:
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Department/School Sponsor:
Applied Sciences and Mathematics
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details
This program runs every other summer and will be offered next in summer 2019.
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Quick Facts

  • July 8-August 4, 2017

  • Participate in 24 days of Medical or Veterinary field clinics

  • Work with local doctors (English speaking)

  • Work and stay in Masaya, Diriamba, & Granada

  • Academic & cultural visits

  • 6 credits of Internship or Independent Study

  • Space is limited.  Apply Early!


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Location Details

Known as “The Cradle of Nicaraguan Folklore” and also as “The City of Flowers.”  Masaya is well known for its Nicaraguan handicrafts such as hand woven hammocks, embroidered blouses, and wood carvings.
The land of “The Güegüense.”  In addition to its beautiful folklore, the city of Diriamba has an excellent architecture of churches, schools, parks, and old buildings, as well an excellent geography and ecological environment, which can be discovered in its coffee plantations, its beautiful beaches, and its natural reserves.
The municipality of Granada is home to the oldest colonial city established on the mainland. Its territory includes lagoons, an archipelago, natural reserves, the Mombacho Volcano, and an elongated shoreline in Lake Nicaragua. Its rural area, which consists of 17 villages and the Zapatera Island, is known for ecotourism and petroglyphs.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all majors. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to apply.


Students will take two of the following courses for a total of 6 credits:  
  • ABS 484: Professional Internship 
  • BIS 401: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits)
  • BIO 394: Internship
  • BIS 360: International Healthcare
  • BIS 402: International Healthcare
  • BIS 484: Internship
  • BIS 499: Individualized Instruction
*A 3-credit iCourse: Gateway to Spanish (SPA 194) will be offered in the Spring semester (B Session) for beginner students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish but who wish to participate in a study abroad program in Spanish-speaking countries. Please consider enrolling!
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Faculty Director

Dr. Bruce Oberstein
Professor of Practice, Science and Mathematics
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Office: 301-A Wanner Hall (Poly campus)
Phone: 480.727.1690

Additional Staff

Dr. Kelly Nelson
Senior Lecturer
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Phone: 480.727.7242



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Program Housing

Students will experience Nicaraguan culture by living in a combination of homestays and hotels.  During the homestays, meals will be provided.  Some meals will also be provided during hotel stays.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2017 is $6395.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition for six credits, housing in homestays and hotels, orientation activities, site visits and cultural events, internship placement services, ASU faculty support, in-country transportation, some meals, and international health insurance. Not included: ASU student fees, airfare, passport, meals, independent travel, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.


  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/08/2017
Rolling Admission 07/08/2017 08/04/2017

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

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.