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Cuernavaca, Mexico (Nursing and Healthcare)
Cuernavaca, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Budget Sheets Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2016 10/01/2015 10/03/2015 01/04/2016 01/18/2016
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Travel Course
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
Host Family/Homestay
Faculty Leader(s):
Christine Vandenhouten
Number of Credits:
Faculty leader email:
General Education course coverage:
Ethnic Studies, WC/Global Culture
Program Description:

This program is open to all students, regardless or location. For cost information, please see budget sheet.


The City

Beautiful Sunset over Cuernava
Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos. Although home to more than 300,000 people, Cuernavaca exudes a small-town feel. Appreciated for history, striking scenery, vibrant life, and an eternally spring climate, Cuernavaca is an ideal place to learn.


Program Design

This course may be taken for either 2 or 3 credits.  All students will earn 2 credits when they complete the 2 week course in Mexico along with associated assignments.  Students registering for 3 credits will complete an additional assignment/project tying the content learned to services/programs offered to Latinos in their home community.

cuernavacaThis unique program is structured to provide you with a rich introduction to Mexico, its culture, language and people.   Separate tracks have also been created for you to study Education, Business, Social Work, or Nursing and Healthcare topics in depth.  Mornings will be filled with small group Spanish Language instruction (all levels), while afternoons will filled with excursions and lectures specific to your interest.

Program Dates:  January 4th-18th, 2016

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Nursing and Healthcare Track

This course is intended to expose students to the rich traditions of the Mexican culture including  participation in a total Spanish language immersion with special emphasis on heatlh care practices and settings.  Students will explore the current healthcare system while learning of the services provided by western and traditional healers.  Special emphasis will be placed on comparing the Mexican healthcare system to the United States healthcare system. 


Students will participate in the Spanish Language Institute (SLI) total immersion program.  The language classes are tailored to the language proficiency of each student from those first introduced to the language through fluent Spanish speakers.  There is no language prerequisite for this course.

This travel course has the following learning outcomes:


1) To provide a rich introduction to Mexico, its culture, language, and people

2) To study Spanish at the Spanish Language Institute (SLI) in Cuernavaca

3) Compare and contrast Mexican and U.S healthcare practices and systems and recognize implications for Mexican immigrants participation in the U.S. healthcare system

sa curn 9The language classes at SLI are tailored to level of language proficiency and range from students who are being first introduced to the language through students who are fluent in Spanish. There is no language prerequisite for this course.


NURS 499 fulfills the World Cultural Requirement, an upper-level nursing elective, or may be applied toward credit for NUR 455 Community Health Practicum.  Contact Dr. Vandenhouten ( or a nursing advisor with questions.


Participants will be placed with a host family. Most meals are provided by the host family and are included in the housing fees. Homestay living provides students the opportunity to enhance conversational language skills while experiencing Mexican family life.

As this is an immersion exsa curn 10perience, the English language skills of host families will vary.  We will do our best to place students with no Spanish skills in a home where the host has some English skills.


Students will be transported to and from school by their host families.  Students may be responsible for some transportation costs (ex. taxi fare from excursions).