Application Deadline & Fee

November 22, 2019  $75*
*The $75 application fee is non-refundable

Program Dates

May 14 - May 29, 2020
2 weeks

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 the UVU Team to focus on early childhood development, specifically focusing on well-child checks at the primary schools. 

We will be conducting screenings for Diabetes on adults in Samoa. UVU Nursing faculty 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

*NURS 4320/4325 are for students in the Nursing program. HLTH 490R is for approved students not elegible to take the NURS 4320/4325. Please contact program directors regarding eligibility.

NURS 4320 Nursing in the Community (2 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to BSN-completion program and *University Advanced Standing

NURS 4325 Nursing in the Community Clinical (1 credit)
Prerequisite(s): NURS 3405 and *University Advanced Standing

HLTH 490R Special Topics in Community Health (1 credit)
Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval, and University Advanced Standing*

*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.: 2.5

Physical requirements: Mild to strenuous activity during the day as well as mild to moderate activity during excursions.

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

Estimated Program Fee*

Fee covers airfare from Hawaii 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

UVU tuition ($495 for 3 credits at $165 per credit hour)
Roundtrip international airfare SLC to Hawaii (approx $600)
Discretionary spending (approx $200)
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 competitve and have varing application dates. Please click on the following here for more information.

Financial Aid & Employee Tuition Waivers

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). 

Employee Tuition Waivers (for dependants of UVU employees) may be used for Study Abroad tuition. See Human Resources for more information.

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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.