Application Deadline & Fee

February 1, 2024; $75

Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

Travel: May 14 - June 5, 2024                          Pre-travel Course Sessions:     May 6 and 13

Program Details

Students will spend time in and around San Juan, Puerto Rico, with the majority of that time spent at the University of San Juan and engaging with the NGO, La Fondita de Jesus (an agency that provides services to impoverished communities throughout Puerto Rico, including the homeless community) learning about a variety of international development issues that are specific to Puerto Rico, including; poverty, ecological issues, responses to natural disasters, & UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students will also have the opportunity to visit several historical sites that date back to the Spanish Colonial period, as well as several popular destinations such as El Yunque National Forest and scenic beaches.

Anticipated Curriculum

Students are required to enroll in both of the following courses for this study abroad program:

SOWK 3510  - International Social Work (3 credits)

SOWK 475R - Special Topics - International Social Work (3 credits)

Course pre-requisites may be waived for students admitted into the study abroad program by the faculty program director. Students can take only one of the courses upon faculty permission.





Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical requirements: Students will be expected to be in good overall health, as they will engage in a variety of service learning projects in Puerto Rico, some accommodations may be available, however, ADA compliant facilities are limited throughout Puerto Rico.

Each international destination has its own Covid-19 rules and it is the traveler's responsibility to find out what is required. UVU will not be responsible for covering the cost of hotel quarantine or COVID testing in foreign destinations. Students may be required to test negative for COVID at their own expense by host countries as a condition for entry.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Education Abroad if you require such services. Students with significant physical or mental health needs should discuss their suitability for study abroad travel with their medical professional, UVU Student Health Services, UVU Accessibility Services, and/or family before making the decision to apply.

Estimated Program Fee*

The program fee covers housing, meals, transportation in Puerto Rico, and excursions. The program fee does not include the listed Additional Estimated Costs



*This cost is tentative and based on program plans and the exchange rate at the time it was posted. This cost may or may not be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations, program revisions , and program date changes.

*Within 5 days of acceptance into a Study Abroad program, you will be required to pay a $500 non-refundable commitment deposit to confirm your spot. See the Refunds and Cancellation policy.

Additional Estimated Costs

The student is responsible for these additional costs:

  • UVU study abroad tuition* ($990 for 6 credits at $165 per credit hour)
  • Airfare (approx $550)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)

Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage in Puerto Rico.

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for travel disruptions including lost luggage, possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit, missed flights, etc.

All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee .


*UVU study abroad tuition is charged as an additional study abroad fee in your student account. It is separate from the study abroad program fee and regular UVU summer tuition. It is not factored into the "equal payment" calculation of the UVU Tuition Table. Study Abroad students are advised to only take study abroad courses during the block of their study abroad program.


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

Financial Aid

Pell Grants and Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Speak to the UVU Study Abroad Advisor (LA 111) and a Financial Aid Advisor for more information (BA 105).

UVU Faculty/Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver benefits may not be used to pay for study abroad tuition or fees.

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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.