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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Health Sciences

Program Feature

  • Field Work


  • Ecuador

Program Term

  • Summer

For additional information contact:

Terri Hood-Brown, MSN, RN
Program Co-Director

Cathy Baker, PhD, RN
Program Co-Director

Apply for this OHIO Credit Program


Students travel to Ecuador, where they will spend two and a half weeks traveling throughout the country, experiencing health care in rural and urban settings. Students gain an understanding of social determinants of health and the role of community and family on health care and health outcomes. They meet traditional birth attendants in the Amazon, encounter a shaman who grows and utilizes medicinal plants, connect community observations to clinical experiences, gather information utilizing an interpreter and discover the ability to adapt to a new culture in a variety of situations.

Students combine community-based observations and discoveries with clinical experiences. This program is designed to move beyond the clinical: to recognize the multi-faceted aspects of health. Students gain firsthand knowledge of the health care system in Ecuador, discuss the impact of international health goals, experience the culture in Ecuador and practice their Spanish.

Finally, with faculty guidance, students reflect on their experiences in order to integrate what they observe, experience and learn into both their professional and personal lives.

Good to Know

  • Some locations will not have access to wi-fi or cellphone services (including local cell phone providers).

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact

Living Arrangements 

Lodging is in economy hostels or motels. In Quito meals will take place at local restaurants.

Program Dates 

May 29, 2023 - June 12, 2023. Applications Opening Soon!

Study Away and COVID-19  

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial and academic risk. Please click here to read information related to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Students register for 5 credits of undergraduate or graduate credit. Students combine the courses below for a total of 5 credits

  • NRSE 2900 Ecuador Nursing (2 credits)
  • NRSE 3700J Writing for Nurses (3 credits)
  • NRSE 4900 Special Topics in Nursing (3 credits)


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some group meals, excursions, airport pickup, travel to program related activities, materials and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 5 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Student Budget Worksheet

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages. 

College of Health Sciences and Professions students are invited to apply for a Global Health Travel Award for this program.

All participants can apply for the ITDI Travel Award

Ecuador Nursing group

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program application is open to all OHIO Nursing students with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

All participants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 (to be credited to student’s program fees) as part of the acceptance process.  

Students must be in good academic and judicial standing.  Minimum GPA 3.0.  Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements can be found  here

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here.