Application Deadline & Fee

        November 3, 2023; $75                 Application fee is non-refundable.

Program Dates

Travel Dates: May 15-31, 2024

Course Dates: Full Summer Semester

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

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 2024 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 program will be considered first

Physical requirements: Moderate to strenuous activity at times. No wheelchair accessibility. 

Physical requirements: Locations may not be wheelchair accessible. Some sites we visit may not have smooth walkways, and walkways may be narrow. There may not be air conditioning available at accommodations, and depending on the weather, participants may be uncomfortable due to heat. There may not be individual refrigerators available at places of accommodation.

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*

Fee covers airfare from Los Angeles to Samoa, in-country housing and transportation, excursions, most meals, international insurance. The program fee does not include the listed Additional Estimated Costs. 


*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 study abroad tuition* ($495 for 3 credits at $165 per credit hour)
  • Flight to Los Angeles (approx $300-$500+)
  • Meals (approx $150 for groceries)
  • Transportation ($60)
  • Discretionary spending (approx $100 - $500 based on personal spending needs)
  • Passport ($165)

Students over the age of 73 at the time of travel may be required to purchase a supplemental international health and evacuation insurance plan through GeoBlue (approx $200-$500+)

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.