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  • Locations: Granada, Nicaragua; Leon, Nicaragua; Managua, Nicaragua; Matagalpa, Nicaragua
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2
Housing Option: Homestay, Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Comparative Studies, Education and Human Ecology (College of), International Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 5-Graduate Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: Social Work Education Abroad Coordinator: Jennifer Bickley
Program Description:
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Program Social Issues Nicaragua tab 1

This short term study abroad program in Nicaragua will expose undergraduate students to the historical and cultural context for social issues and human rights in Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America. Through this program, students will gain exposure to health, education and human services systems different from those in the United States. As part of this program, students will participate in a two night home stay experience.

Participation in this program will (1) expose students to the realities of the Nicaraguan economy, including poverty and employment patterns, (2) give students an understanding of globalization and trade policies and their impact on Nicaragua, and (3) help students develop an understanding of local health issues and policies and healthcare programs.


The program takes place in Managua, Leon and Granada, Nicaragua.


Students will stay in double or triple rooms in 3-4 star hotels centrally located. Students will also participate in a two night home stay.

Resident Directors

Lavonda Harrington

Education Abroad Coordinator

Jenny Bickley




Courses and Credit Social Issues Nicaragua tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Social Work 5798.02 for summer term 2018. This course has been approved to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE.




Application Requirement Social Issues Nicaragua tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students be of freshman, sophomore or junior rank and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. An academic recommendation is required.

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to




Program Costs Social Issues Nicaragua tab 4

 Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,130 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, lodging, meals, in-country instruction and transportation, and Nicaraguan entry fees. It does not cover personal expenses, exit fees (est. $42, if applicable), baggage fees (est. at $25 for first bag, $40 for second bag), or other visa fees (if applicable).

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Social Work.

Please refer to the 2018 budget sheet for estimated costs.  

If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

The College of Social Work also has education abroad scholarships available.

Augsburg CGEE (our in-country service provider) offers scholarship opportunities for students participating on faculty-led, customized programs.  You can find more information here.





Information Sessions Social Issues Nicaragua tab 5



U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/15/2018
01/25/2018 05/07/2018 05/21/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.