Global Seminars are short-term programs attached to credit-bearing courses led by Saint Anselm faculty. Those offered during the spring semester combine classroom instruction throughout the semester and an international component in January, spring break, or May. (Global Seminars which run during summer terms depart during the first week of the first session and vary in length.) The international component enables you to learn firsthand about academic content in an enhanced learning manner.

Future Planned Seminars: 

Community and Public Health Clinical in Costa Rica (January 2024)

Advanced Spanish Immersion and Internship (May 2024)

The Cold War in Cuba (Spring Break 2024)

Tropical Biology in Belize (May 2024)

Music, Politics and Culture in the Austrian Empire (January 2025)

Entrepreneurship and Small Business in Portugal (Summer 2025)

Emerging Economic Markets in Chile (January 2026)

Normandy Through The Ages (May 2026)

Rome: The Eternal City (tbd 2026)

Course Information

  • Course Dates: January 2024
  • Application & Deposit ($1,000) (NOTE: You must already have a valid passport to be eligible for this program)
  • Total Program Fee (including airfare): approx $2800 plus airfare
  • Faculty Director: Professor Pamela Preston DNP, RN

Are you a nursing major and always wanted the opportunity to study abroad? Now is your chance! All eligible nursing students can elect to complete the clinic component of NU449 Community/Public Health in Costa Rica in January 2024. If you elect to complete your clinical abroad you will be enrolled in NU449 during the Spring 2024 semester.

The focus of this course is community and public health nursing. In class, you will explore the role of the nurse in health promotion and disease prevention in the global theater. The concepts of epidemiology, communicable disease, environmental health, and disaster relief will be discussed. Public health issues such as the global health care environment and work with vulnerable populations will be explored. Socio-cultural influences on health such as immigration, health care access and cost will be addressed from national and global perspectives. Course content will incorporate economic, legal, and ethical perspectives. Clinical placement in Costa Rica will incorporate the concepts addressed in the course and more specifically those related to global health. You will have the ability to provide care to a socioeconomically diverse group and develop cultural competence, awareness and knowledge. You will be assisting at clinics in urban communities, urban shanty communities and perform home visits with the local nursing staff.

Although prior knowledge of Spanish is helpful it is not required. Throughout the duration of the program interpreters will be accompanying the group.

Important Note: Students need to meet progression requirements, as detailed in the Department of Nursing Handbook, in order to take part in this program. If you do not progress as required you will not be able to travel to Costa Rica and we will not be able to refund any unrecoverable costs associated with the program.

What's included in the program fee:

  • R/T airfare (Boston/San Jose CR)
  • Group airport pick up and drop office in Costa Rica
  • On-site orientation
  • ISL staff and program support
  • Educational seminars
  • Most meals
  • Accommodations
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • International health and travel insurance

What's not included:

  • Spending money

Payment Schedule:

  • $1,000 deposit due with application
  • Balance due - Nov 1
  • Airfare: TBD

Scenes from Past Seminars

Professor Masur with students in Havana
Professor Masur with students in Havana, Cuba.
Nursing students in Costa Rica
Nursing students in Costa Rica.
Advanced Spanish Immersion students abroad
Advanced Spanish Immersion students abroad.
Students headed to Normandy, France
Students headed to Normandy, France.
Music instruction to students in Vienna, Austria
Music instruction to students in Vienna, Austria.
Students off to Costa Rica
Students off to Costa Rica.