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  • Locations: Multiple, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

STFL Nic Health AgingProgram Overview

This multidisciplinary, six-credit program has two components: (1) spring term pre-travel project preparation and classroom learning; and (2) a two-week service-learning experience in Nicaragua (June 20 - July 1, 2018). Students and faculty will focus on service-learning activities in the areas of public health and community development related to aging and older adults in Nicaragua.

While in Nicaragua, students will develop and refine their projects, meet with numerous community partners – e.g., program administrators, caregivers, and residents in homes for older adults – and they will conduct projects coordinated by community partners in the U.S. and Nicaragua. The projects are focused on training and education related to aging, asset-based community development, and improving the quality of life of older adults and their communities during the two-week visit to Nicaragua.

The course and larger program are part of a university-community partnership between the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, PSU’s Institute on Aging, and PSU’s Education Abroad. Additional collaborators include non-governmental organizations and educational and governmental institutions in the U.S. and Nicaragua.

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Hannah Fischer
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session 
Faculty Leaders Dr. Margaret Neal, Director, Institute on Aging, and Professor, School of Community Health
Dr. Alan DeLaTorre, Program Coordinator and Research Associate, Institute on Aging
Travel Dates

6/20/18 - 7/1/18 (Course meets during spring term and travels in summer.)

Areas of Study
  • All Majors
  • Child & Family Studies
  • Community Development
  • Community Health Education
  • Gerontology 
  • Globalization Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Studies
  • International Development
  • International Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • University Studies - Capstone
  • World Language & Literature
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes. Course meets during spring term on campus.
Capstone Option Yes - 6 credits
Credits Students enroll in 6 graduate or undergraduate credits.
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Hotel / Hostel
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
  • Graduate
  • (Freshman/Sophomore students may be accepted contingent upon faculty approval.)
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergrad: 2.75
Graduate: 3.00
Language Requirement No previous language study required; however, Spanish-language skills are helpful and preferred. While non-Spanish speakers are welcome and encouraged to apply, the program seeks at least a one-to-one parity between Spanish- and English-speaking students.
Interview You will be contacted following the deadline to schedule an interview.

Course Information:

This course is offered as a six-credit spring term course. Program travel will take place at the beginning of summer (June 20 - July 1, 2018). During spring term, students will meet for separate Global Aging seminar coursework and Service-Learning group workshops (dates and time are TBD). Additionally, all participants will attend a mandatory Education Abroad orientation (dates and time TBD).

Freshman, sophomore, undergrad not taking the course for a Capstone: PHE 562 & PHE 563
Junior or senior enrolled in Capstone: UNST 421
Graduate student: AGE 562 & AGE 563

Brownbag Information Sessions:

  • Thursday, February 1 from 12:00-1:00pm (Urban Center, room 411)
  • Friday, February 2 from 1:00-2:00pm (Urban Center, room 411)

Contact: Margaret Neal: | 503.725.5145

Program Costs:

Program Fees Estimated Additional Expenses Total Estimated Cost
$2,250 $1,540 $3,790


PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees. A non-refundable $50 application fee is required for all applications.

Please note, the course meets during spring term ON CAMPUS and travels in summer.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.