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 2023)

Advanced Spanish Immersion and Internship in Mendoza, Argentina (May 2023 ')

Normandy Through the Ages in France (May 2023)

The Cold War in Cuba

Rome: The Eternal City

Tropical Biology in Belize

Music and Culture in the Ottoman Empire (tbd)

Smart City - Barcelona (tbd) 

Course Information

  • Course Dates: January 2023
  • Application & Deposit ($1,000) (NOTE: You must already have a valid passport to be eligible for this program)
  • Total Program Fee (including airfare): $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 2023. If you elect to complete your clinical abroad you will be enrolled in NU449 during the Spring 2023 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