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Office of International Education | Costa Rica Semester Abroad

Building Resilience Through Family, School, and Community Partnerships in the Azores Islands

Course Location
Program Dates
Summer 2020
Travel Dates: 5/18/2020 - 5/29/2020
EDSP 295 - 3 Credits
Jessica Strolin-Goltzman Contact for more information.
Please see below for more information about costs associated with this travel study program.
The course is primarily for advanced undergraduates but graduate and sophomores can enroll with permission of instructor/s. Please contact the instructors for further consideration.

No syllabus provided; please contact the instructor.

Course Description

This course offers students theazores7 opportunity to explore education and social service systems outside of the US, in the Azores, Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With a specific focus on family, school, and community partnerships, we will visit various schools and social service agencies and explore Portugal’s progressive public health approach to addiction. During our time in Portugal, we will discuss similarities and differences in professional education and social service practice, participate in cultural events, and experience the natural charm of ocean side volcanoes and hot springs.

Through cultural immersion, lectures, small group discussions, agency visits, excursions, and informal interaction, students and instructors from different countries will learn about the issues and challenges faced by education and social services organizations and explore the effects of cultural context on system development.

Travel Study Costs and Fees

Program Fee: $1,272*

If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an email asking you to accept or decline the spot. To accept your spot, you are required to fill out the commitment deposit form and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit within 48 hours. For more information about payment policies and procedures, view the Travel Study Payment Policy.


  • Student housing accommodations
  • Cultural activities and excursions arranged by the lead instructor
  • Supplies and materials
  • In-country transportation
  • Group lunches and dinners

Not Included:

  • College tuition and fees**, see UVM Student Financial Services
  • Airfare, estimated cost $850
  • Cancel for any reason flight insurance (strongly encouraged)
  • Baggage fees
  • Some meals, estimated cost $200
  • Vaccinations and any associated costs
  • Books and materials
  • Passport fees
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

*Trip cost subject to change due to unanticipated changes.

**Travel Study courses are regarded as normal UVM courses and as such, normal tuition and fees apply.

Country Information

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for information regarding country health, safety risks, and laws for Portugal.