Interprofessional Practice and Education in Armenia, Colombia



Program Description

This innovative course aims to enhance students’ knowledge of interprofessional practice and team-based care through a holistic interprofessional education and practice lens in diverse clinical, multilingual and multicultural communities. We will be highlighting the biopsychosocial model of health care, cultural competence, and the caring perspective as practiced via the professional role and function of social work, nursing, and medicine both in the country of Colombia and the United States. Together, we will explore factors that are critical determinants of physical and emotional wellbeing: access to health and mental health care, lifestyle, language, culture, financial status, level of social support, and family and community context. Specific attention will be given to selected health and mental health conditions such as pediatric nutrition, clinical depression and suicidality, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, child and adolescent health, and family violence.

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2023 March 9, 2023 June 4, 2023 June 11, 2023

Academic Service-Learning

This course is designated as an “academic service-learning” (AS-L) course. Your active participation in selected clinical, community, and cultural site visits in Colombia will allow you to apply knowledge from the course to local, national, and global health, mental health, and social issues. You will reflect on your AS-L experience with regard to its impact on your professional development as an emerging social work clinician and a potential future member of an interprofessional team. You will report AS-L hours (minimum 10 hours) to your faculty instructor and those hours will post to your transcript. You are required to respond to an AS-L Student Survey at the end of your study abroad program. The Weppner Center for LEAD & Service-Learning website,, contains the survey link and information on the AS-L program.

Student’s Assumption of Risk Statement

I understand that there are certain physical risks inherent in every form of service-learning. I understand the risks associated with this Academic Service-Learning assignment. I agree to assume those risks in order to gain benefits from participation in this valuable learning experience. I hereby release the State of Florida, the Board of Trustees, Florida Atlantic University, and its agents and employees from any and all liability associated with my participation in this assignment at Florida Atlantic University.

Information Sheet

Open to Social Work and Nursing for academic credit. Open to medical students for non-academic credit.
Language of Instruction English. Some Spanish language proficiency will be beneficial but is not required. 
Level of Study Undergradaute and Graduate level for Social Work. Undergraduate and Graduate level for Nursing. 
Credit Offered FAU credit for Social Work and Nursing course offering
Program Primary Subject Interprofessional practice and education
Sponsoring College College of Nursing, College of Social Work & Criminal Justice, and College of Medicine


Program Course Offerings:

  • SOW 4957: Interprofessional Practice and Education in Armenia, Colombia (3 credits elective) - social work undergraduate students are required to take this course to participate on the program. 
  • SOW 6930: Interprofessional Practice and Education in Armenia, Colombia (3 credits elective) - social work graduate students are required to take this course to participate on the program. 
  • NUR 4930 for undergraduates & NGR 6930 for graduate students:  Interprofessional Practice and Education in Armenia, Colombia (3 credits) - Nursing undergrad and graduate level students are required to take the appropriate nursing level course to participate on the program. 
  • For Medical Students ONLY - this is not a credit bearing program. This is an experiential learning opportunity to gain knowledge on interprofessional practice and education.  

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

Social work students are required to take SOW 4957 or SOW 6930 for 3 credits to participate on the program. Nursing students are required to take either NUR 4930 or NGR 6930 for 3 credits to participate on the program. Program is open to medical students for non-academic credit. 

Program Eligibility & Requirements

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA for undergraduate students and a 3.0 overall GPA for graduate level students
  • Must be in good academic standing 
  • Must be an FAU degree-seeking student and eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term (for social work and nursing students)
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information


COVID-19 Statement

Important Information for Study Abroad

FAU does not have control over the requirements of a foreign government or other organization. Students should not participate in this program unless they have reviewed and are willing to comply with the public health requirements of the host country or provider. Failure to comply with such requirements may mean you will be denied boarding of your flight, entry into country at immigration abroad, housing, and/or access to public spaces in-country. Please note, as this is not an FAU requirement, FAU is not responsible for verifying your vaccination status prior to travel. If you commit to this program and later withdraw due to vaccination status or other public health requirements of the host country or host provider, you will be subject to financial penalties as described by your terms and conditions.


Program Faculty Leaders
FAU faculty have developed this program and will provide the academic instruction while abroad. 

Education Abroad Contact

Dr. María Ortega, College of Nursing: Brendan Richardson, Associate Director

Dr. Manny Gonzalez, College of Social Work and Criminal Justice:

Phone: 561-297-3227

Dr. Mario Jacomino, College of Medicine:




Armenia, city, capital of Quindío departamento, west-central Colombia. It lies on the western slopes of the Cordillera Central between the Espejo and Quindío rivers. Armenia (named for the ancient kingdom) was founded in 1889 by Jesús María Ocampo and Antonio Herrera. Coffee, corn (maize), beans, sugarcane, silk, and plantains are marketed, and there is some light manufacturing. Armenia is the seat of the University of Quindío which FAU has partnered with for this program. 


Students will stay in shared hotels with other program participants. 



Program Cost and Funding

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here


Program Cost

$2,089.00 program fee + tuition for the required program summer course(s) . FAU in-state or out-of-state rates apply.

Payment deadline will be in early-mid March (exact date TBA). Plan accordingly. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations from check-in through check-out date
  • Most meals
  • Academic workshops with two technical visits or practices
  • Group welcome dinner
  • Some local transportation
  • Cultural and tourist activities
  • Closing event
  • International medical insurance

Activities and excursions are subject to change by faculty leader or program provider/vendor if needed. Replacement activity or excursion would be provided.

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • International Flight
  • $200 administrative fee paid at time of application
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken/required on program for social work and nursing students (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply) 
    • Medical students will not be registered for academic credit for this program
  • Most dinners
  • Personal spending money
  • COVID-19 testing related to travel (entry or exit requirements) 


Health, Safety and Travel Documentation

All students must attend pre-departure sessions prior to study abroad. Education Abroad and your program faculty leaders will provide you with further details pertaining to dates, times, and location in the semester before your program. 

1) Mandatory pre-departure orientation hosted by the Education Abroad office. This session will cover general international travel related topics such as health, safety, insurance, and travel tips. 
2) Mandatory pre-departure meeting hosted by program faculty leader. This session will cover program and location specific information such as arrival, expectations, itinerary, and course overview.

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


Students may be required to quarantine once they have arrived to the study abroad destination or isolate at any point during the program. If quarantine is required, it is the student’s personal and financial responsibility to complete prior to the start of the program so that they are available to participate for the program start date. It is the student’s responsibility to know and adhere to the public health guidelines where they are traveling, and to factor those requirements into their travel arrangements and budget.


  1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
  2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
  3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
  4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
  5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
  6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
  7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
  8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
  9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
  10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.

Travel Documentation

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S. .