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January Term: UVA in Nicaragua
Bluefields, Nicaragua; Jinotega, Nicaragua; Managua, Nicaragua (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year, Graduate student Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Liz Wellbeloved
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Environmental Sciences, Global Studies, Nursing, Public Health, Social Entrepreneurship
Program Description:
JTerm Nicaragua Lead Photo

UVA in Nicaragua


“Sustainability” implies both environmental and societal actions. Some global issues are being addressed through multinational cooperation, but many issues are being tackled locally by governments, businesses, and civil society. This course in Nicaragua will examine programs being undertaken by local leaders to address development and health issues in their communities. We are going to be focusing on two inter-related issues: sustainable development and public health, Specifically cancer prevention. We will examine efforts to promote sustainable agriculture, especially for the cash crop, coffee, which is seriously affected by climate change. Our investigation of aspects of public health include access to fresh water, proper waste disposal, rural health clinics, and programs to support rural poor and other disadvantaged segments of the population. The class is a combination of lectures, case discussions, and field trips. We will be visiting coffee growing and eco-tourism sites on the Pacific side and NGOs providing economic and environmental services on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua. We will be meeting with health care providers in several of our visits across the country.

Location IconLocation

The class will meet in Managua, Nicaragua. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Managua. The first week we will work in and around Managua and the northern part of Nicaragua. We will then fly to the Caribbean coast and spend our second week in Bluefields. All transportation costs once in Managua are included in the program fee.

Coffee Grains Boy in Nicaragua 

Courses IconCourses

NUIP 4559: Sustainability and Public Health: Social Entrepreneurship and Cancer Prevention (3 credits) is a nursing elective which is also open to all students at the University of Virginia. Undergraduate and graduate students are both encouraged to apply.
Course objectives include:

  • To discuss the impact of global climate change on subsistence farmers.
  • To explore local solutions to the environmental sustainability issues in Nicaragua.
  • To explore exemplar programs aimed at social entrepreneurship incorporating cancer prevention.
  • To describe sustainable development in both environmental and social contexts, with particular focus on issues of public health and cancer prevention.
  • To implement leadership techniques and strategies for achieving sustainable development

Sustainability, Public Health and Spanish in Nicaragua: Social Entrepreneurship and Cancer Prevention
(NUIP 4559; 3 credits)
Can also be used to the fulfill Global Sustainability major or minor requirements.

There are no specific prerequisites for the UVA in Nicaragua course. Although previous program participants have generally been 3rd or 4th year students, 1st and 2nd year students have had great success and are encouraged to apply. We hope to have a good mixture of nursing and non-nursing student participation.

Part of this class will take place where Spanish is the predominant language. To facilitate communication, students with some Spanish language ability are encouraged to apply, however, translation will be available for all presentations and activities. For the second part of the course, we will be traveling to a part of the country where Creole English is spoken, and so communication will not be difficult. Lectures will be provided in English. Presentations from on-site partners will be conducted in both Spanish and English. We will also have group activities and opportunities for Spanish language development. There is not a specific level of Spanish required, but include your experience with Spanish on the application.

Faculty IconFaculty

Emma McKim Mitchell |
Prof. Mitchell is Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, Director of the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program, and Assistant Director for Graduate Global Initiatives in the School of Nursing.

Michelet McLean |
Michelet is the GTA for this course. A Nicaraguan native, he also teaches Spanish for Healthcare Providers in the School of Nursing.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Housing will be in modern hotels in Managua and Bluefields and guesthouses on the “Coffee Trail” in Northern Nicaragua. Meals are included most days.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.


Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program.  International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

Tropical diseases, malaria in particular, are a concern. For more information, check out the CDC website:

Students considering attending the Nicaragua program should also review the UVA International Travel Clinic website for important information and appointment deadlines.

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.