March 15 - 22, 2014


Jamaica Brochure (PDF)
Jamaica Application (PDF)
(Please return filled out application to Dr. Erin Heidkamp in EN B 129) 

The spring recess program in Jamaica will give SCSU nursing students the opportunity to identify and verbalize how cultural issues and global diversity impact the delivery of healthcare. Students will reflect on their own feelings, beliefs and behaviors regarding working with diverse populations as they compare the U.S. healthcare system with the healthcare system in Jamaica. They will identify the major challenges presented by communication, biological bases of health, health disparities, and the impact this has
on providing culturally-competent healthcare. Working collaboratively with Jamaican nursing students, our students will identify, assess, and plan interventions from a global perspective. Through this enriching educational opportunity, students will come away with a unique understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity, as well as the impact finances and the economy of a country have on healthcare.
In addition to clinical work, the program includes team-building exercises, visits to public schools, and excursions to scenic coastal sites.
The Nursing Program at Southern seeks to instill a mission of caring and compassion in all of its students, and focuses on the preparation of competent and creative practitioners to meet the health and human service needs within our society. Part of this mission is met through community- based clinical training and field practice, as this program offers.


Students will enroll in the following 3-credit course:

Nur 498: Understanding Global Healthcare

This course focuses on preparing nursing students for the unique opportunity to study abroad within a culturally diverse population. Students are introduced to the theoretical foundations of global
healthcare, including: nursing care related to health, illness and culture; relevant research focused on cultural issues; global diversity;healthcare delivery, and communication; biological bases of health disparities; and incorporation of culturally competent nursing into practice.

In addition, all applicants must already be accepted into the nursing major, and must have completed ENGL 112, as this is a W course.

• Completion of risk management packets, including release of liability, health report, and proof of insurance. (Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the Office of International Education, or OIE).
• Successful completion one semester in the nursing program
• Records free of disciplinary problems


Students will stay at the all-inclusive Hotel Rui in Ocho Rios. The hotel provides all meals on-site, and is desirable for its proximity to the medical clinics and other locations students will visit.
Dietary preferences and restrictions should be explained in detail to trip director at the time of registration.


This program fee includes: airfare. domestic transportation to and from
the airport, lodging and meals, transportation in Jamaica, field trip activities

This program fee does not include
SCSU’s tuition and summer registration fee ($1,399), personal expenses, touring, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any ad- ditional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

A deposit of $500 is due when the application is submitted to the OIE. The deposit is non- refundable once the student is notified by the faculty trip leader of their acceptance into the program. This guarantees participation in the program and reserves lodging. A final payment of $1,650 is due on January 20, 2014.

Please Note:
The program fee does not include the cost of an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides supplemental travel insurance to the purchaser. Every student who has not purchased the SCSU (Aetna) student health plan is required to purchase an ISIC card at the price of $22.50 for SCSU students and $25.00 for all others. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at 203-392-5454.

*The deposit will be returned to the student if his/her application is not accepted by the Program Director.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact Ms. Gloria Lee at (203) 392-5445.

Tuition is not included in the program fees. Each student must register for 6 credits at SCSU.

Fees are based upon historical program costs and  current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs in Iceland may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the  itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip.  In the event that additional fees exceed the present costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and will receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 1, 2014 and after May 1, there will be no refunds.

The program accepts no responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if so desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Office of international Education Cancellation Policy

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Interim Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

For more information contact:
Dr. Antoinette Towle
Department of Nursing
Jennings Hall
240 203-392-6495