Application Deadline & Fee

        November 15, 2021; $75                 Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

May 12-28, 2022 

Since 2011, UVU Nursing students have been traveling to Samoa to assist the country with healthcare initiatives. During 2016, the Director General of the Ministry of Health requested for the UVU team to focus on early childhood development, specifically focusing on well-child checks at the primary schools. We will also be conducting screenings for Diabetes on adults in Samoa. UVU Nursing faculty, staff, and students will be working in tandem with indigenous healthcare clinicians to gather basic health information for approximately 2000 children each year. UVU students will be engaged using real-world contexts within the curriculum and having "hands on" activities in Samoa that will increase their confidence and professional competence. 

Program Sites:

  • Savaii
  • Upolu

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students should consult with the faculty program directors regarding which courses to take for this program.

Students will take an orientation course in the Spring 2022 semester. Students must take at least one credit during the semester of:

NURS 4320 Nursing in the Community (2 credits) 


NURS 4325 Nursing in the Community Clinical (1 credit)


NURS 495R Independent Study (1 credit)



Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

  • Minimum G.P.A: 2.0
  • Student in the UVU Nursing and Respiratory Therapy programs will be considered first

Physical requirements: Moderate to strenous activity at times. No wheelchair accessability. 

All UVU study abroad students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students may be required to test negative for COVID-19 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.

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers airfare from Los Angeles to Samoa, in-country housing and transportation, excursions, most meals, international 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

The student is responsible for these additional costs
UVU tuition ($495 for 3 credits at $165 per credit hour)
Roundtrip airfare SLC to LA (approx $300)
Optional Side Trip, cultural excursion (approx $60)
Meals for second week (approx $150)
Discretionary spending (approx $200)
Passport (approx $135)

Students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for possible COVID tests or quarantine stays if required by the host country for entry or exit.

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 varying 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.