photo by Michael Minch

Program details: Robustly academic and intellectually challenging, this program will introduce students to chronic and acute poverty, development, humanitarian assistance, problems in governance, post-crisis and international emergency response, renewing civil society, and more. Many of these conditions are uniquely present in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Students will meet with NGO, humanitarian, multilateral, and governance professionals who know the facts related not only to Haiti, but those facts in comparison to many other regions and countries in the developing world.

Students who participate in this program will engage in 5 hours of classroom study before the two-week stay in Haiti. Students will produce development strategies and assessments related to specific problems in Haiti.

Tentative dates: December 27, 2013 – January 11, 2014.

Program sites: Port-au-Prince and the central plateau.

Anticipated curriculum: Nursing in Global Perspective (NURS 441G), Health Care in Conditions of Emergency and Extremity (NURS 490R), Nursing for Peace and Justice (NURS 490R), Independent Study in Nursing (NURS 495R), Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies (PJST 3000), Advanced Poverty Studies: Global Problems and Politics (PJST 4200), Issues in Peace and Justice Studies (PJST 475R), Peace and Justice Studies Capstone (PJST 4900), Philosophy Independent Study (PHIL 490R), Advanced Topics in Philosophy (PHIL 492R), International Organization (POLS 3610), Political Science Independent Study (POLS 490R), Social Change (SOC 4400), Current Topics in Sociology (SOC 475R), and Sociology Independent Study (SOC 490R).

Estimated program fee: $1,995. Apply by Monday, November 4, 2013  Program full for 2014.

Program fee covers: Housing and most meals for two weeks in Haiti, in-country transportation, some entry fees, international health insurance.

Program fee DOES NOT cover: UVU tuition (approx. $160 per credit hour), passport, lunches, round-trip airfare (approx. $1,000), some meals, immunizations, discretionary spending.

Directors: Gaya Carlton, professor of nursing, 801.863.8195,; Michael Minch, associate professor of philosophy and director of peace and justice studies, 801.863.7482,

Application deadline:  Monday, November 4, 2013. Submit online application , two online letters of reference , $195 non-refundable application fee, and $300 program deposit. If you miss the deadline, you are still welcome to apply until the program is full, but please note that the program fee will be higher and space may be limited. Application materials are available at .

Tuition Waivers: UVU Employee & Employee Dependent Tuition Waivers may be applied for up to six credits of ISP tuition.

Financial aid: Pell grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to this program, based on eligibility. 
Applicants must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.

Scholarships: ISP will provide need-based scholarships to qualified participants.