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  • Locations: Granada, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/23/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Education and Human Services
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Eligibility Restrictions: Social Work Students Only Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Host Family Program Lead Faculty: Xan Boone
Program Additional Faculty: Julie Kenniston, Mary Butler Fingerhut Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:



Program Overview

This is a 1-3 credit hour course/travel experience.  It is for social work students only and travels for two weeks in March.  The students who are selected for the course will have class weekly in spring semester, Mondays from 4-6.  The classes are for education on Nicaraguan culture, history and people.  We also spend time getting to know one another and preparing for the work we will be doing while abroad.  The course work is important but coupled with fun get-to-know activities, it hardly seems like "work".  Of course, the travel portion of the experience is the most fun; it is invigorating, challenging and, some say, life-changing.  We travel to Granada, Nicaragua where we work with the community in several locations doing hands-on social work, taking Spanish immersion language lessons, doing education and experience culturally significant excursions.  Students are completely immersed in Nicaraguan culture as they stay with Nicaraguan families, eat the food and experience life as Nicaraguans do daily.  Faculty are there to assist students in planning and executing the programs we develop in class, however, students are expected to become more independent and run these community sessions on their own.  Students who have taken this course in the past have described it as, "an Incredibly eye-opening experience", "life-changing", "humbling", "Beautiful", "empowering" and so much more. 

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Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a major city in Nicaragua located on Lake Colciboca (the 6th largest lake in the world), however it is not a large, industrial city. It is charming with brightly painted buildings, horse drawn carriages and a beautiful central park. People often travel by walking, bicycles or motor bikes. There are several cars and taxis in the city as well. Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America and we walk most places we travel as it is a small city. The people are generous, kind and welcoming. There are several cathedrals that welcome visitors and have beautiful views from the bell tower. There are opportunities to gather as a large or small group and walk to the lake or to Calle Calzada where most of the night life is. Students have some independence, but will also have a rigorous schedule of hard work coupled with time for fun.

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Who Can Participate?

This program is restricted to Social Work students.

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in SW4130-001 for undergrads, SW6130-001 for grad students>Social Workers in Nicaragua> for a 1-3 flexible credit hour in the Spring term. This is for students who do not need an elective for credit, but still may want to travel abroad. The students will all be expected to complete the course work and come to class, no matter how many credits they choose to take. The class will meet every Monday from 4-6 during the spring semester.
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):

The class will require group assignments for presentations on culture, government, history, food etc. There will also be ice breaking activities in order to get to know one another before we travel. There are some reflections required and a final project once we return to the United States. There will be Spanish immersion language classes once we arrive in Nicaragua.

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Xan Boone
Professor Boone has been full-time faculty in the School of Social Work at UC for 10 years. She began leading study abroad courses in 6 years ago. She has taken students to Nicaragua 10 times. She is passionate about these experiences therefore the course and the travel are full of very hard work combined with culturally significant activities and a lot of fun.

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Living Arrangements

Students stay in "home-stays" while in Nicaragua. There will be 2-4 students in each home stay. Some students will share a room and others will have their own room. These are families that live in Nicaragua and have been vetted by the NGO Viva Nicaragua! with whom we partner for the travel experience. Most of the families we have used for years and are experienced in having students stay in their homes. Students will not only sleep in the home stay, but they will be provided 3 meals a day from their home stay family. These homes have no air conditioning, but each student has a fan. There is rarely hot water, however, rarely does one want hot water in the Nicaraguan climate.

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Getting There

Travel arrangements will be made by me. We will all travel together from Cincinnati to Managua with one layover.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: $1,960

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Three meals/day
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
 Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Country Entry Fee ($10)
  • Tips ($10)
  • Checked bags (~$30)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
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 scholarship 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.  Scholarships 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 student 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, it's 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 via 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 attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a 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

Xan Boone
Associate Professor Educator School of Social Work College of Allied Health Sciences. 

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This program is currently not accepting applications.