Application Deadline & Fee

Program Cancelled

Program Dates

July 30 - August 8, 2021
10 Days

Program Details

This is a service program that educates children and parents about oral health. Dental cleanings and restorative work is provided to the local children. Students will learn about instrument sterilization, work as a dental hygienist or assistant to the dentists, apply fluoride, and help manage the children through the process.

Students learn to work as a team. Dental hygiene students improve skills on more difficult patients than seen in the UVU clinic. The children that are served are in great need for oral health because the lack of dentists in the area. Accommodations are historic hotels in Antiqua and a local hotel with a cook in San Martin. All travel is provided. All meals are provided in San Martin.

Walking tours are provided for cultural appreciation. Students benefit from learning about service to the underserved communities, how the dental clinic functions (you do not need dental experience to go), and learn about oral health for others and themselves. Students are exposed to cultures and perspectives other than their own.

There is an option to visit Belize for a cultural experience at the end that would extend the program date to August 10

Anticipated Curriculum

 *Students are expected to enroll in the following course for this study abroad.

DENT 406G Global Community Health Project
(UAS* or program director approval)

*University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical requirements: Moderate amount of daily walking.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Global Engagement if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

The program fee covers housing, some meals, in-country transportation, international health insurance.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes.

Additional Estimated Costs

UVU tuition ($165 per credit hour)
Airfare (approx $1200)
Meals (approx $100)
Miscellaneous (Laundry $5.00)
Discretionary spending (approx $100)
Passport (approx $135)
All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.


There are some scholarship opportunities that are available from UVU and nationally. These scholarships are competitive and have varing application dates. Please click on the following here for more information.

Financial Aid

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105). 

Program Director

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.