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  • Locations: Quito, Ecuador
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Health Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Fall
Eligibility Restrictions: Nursing Students Only Minimum GPA: 3.2
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Diane Grever Program Advisor: Luis Santiago
Program Description:

Program Overview

At the UC College of Nursing, students have the opportunity to expand their cross-cultural nursing skills through an international clinical experience. Students travel to Ecuador to gain a new perspective of international health care. Interdisciplinary teams of student nurses, nurses, health care promoters, and translators work together to help the under-served. The public health trips approximately 10 days.

Check out the medical brigade blog from our 2016 program:

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Quito, the capital of Ecuador was founded in 1534 on the ruins of an ancient Inca city.The city’s mix of colonial and modern architecture creates a fascinating environment. In addition to being the site of the Ecuadorian government, Quito is also the nation’s cultural capital, with an impressive selection of museums and festivals. There are approximately 2,000,000 people living in Quito.

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Who Can Participate?


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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in NBSN 3040C, "Community as a Partner," or NBSN 3096 as an alternative.
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):


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Professor Diane Grever


  • MSN, University of Cincinnati, CIncinnati, OH, 1996.
  • BSN, College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati, OH, 1995.
  • Diploma, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, OH, 1988.
  • BA, New England College, Henniker, NH, 1986.


  • Faculty/Staff Who Made a Real Difference in the Life of a UC Student Award, 2007.
  • Helping Students Reach Their Goal Award, 2006.
  • Playing a Special Role in Motivating and Inspiring Graduates Award, 2004.
  • Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award, 2002.
  • Most Positive Attitude Award, 1987 to 1988.

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Living Arrangements

Housing is typically in hostels and hotels, which do not have air conditioning or heat. House can be double, triple or quadruple occupancy.

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Getting There

Airplane to Ecuador (group flight)
Buses within Ecuador
Walking and rafting in tubes

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Program Costs

2017 Program Cost: $2,800

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Most meals (All but airport meals included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees
  • Airport meals (~$30)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$200)
This program has been awarded an $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International grant will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Grants are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in students scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage at

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose to third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Diane Grever, MSN  
NURS-Professional Studies Team
Asst Professor
(513) 558-4467

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This program is currently not accepting applications.