Nicaragua: Psychology

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

SAN MARCOS, NICARAGUA: Come with us to discover Nicaragua, a beautiful yet impoverished country in the tropics of Central America! You will stay in a college in San Marcos, a lovely, quaint small town in the mountains about an hour from the capital city of Managua. While in Nicaragua, you will have the opportunity to learn about Nicaragua’s rich culture and attend cultural events, meet and stay with Nicaraguan families, and explore volcanoes and a beautiful Pacific beach. 

The focus of the program is psychology of social inequality, the unequal distribution of power and resources across class, race, and gender. Nicaragua has a long history of struggles related to social injustice and thus provides an ideal vehicle for studying issues of inequality. The program will begin on the GVSU campus, where you will study psychological research and theory related to inequality within a context of the culture and history of Nicaragua. Following these classes, you will depart Grand Rapids for three weeks in Nicaragua. While in Nicaragua, you will visit organizations aimed at preventing or alleviating the effects of social inequality, work on service learning pro-jects, and explore the culture and sites of Nicaragua. In addition to your time spent in San Marcos, we will go on a number of short trips and multi-day excursions to the mountainous region of northwestern Nicaragua and the coastal town of Montelimar. 


When can I go?

May 13 - May 30, 2014 (2.5 weeks)

Where will I live?

Program participants will stay in dormitories, hotels, and private homes. 

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors.  Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. It is recommended that participants have completed at least one high school or college course in Spanish. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students.


How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

The deadline for the 2014 program has passed. Applications for the 2015 program are not yet being accepted but will be due by February 1, 2015

Non-GVSU Students: visit for detailed information on how to apply.

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of three (3) credits:
PSY 386: Psychology of Social Inequality (3 credits)*
*Can be used to fulfill a psychology major or minor requirement
**Students will take a two-week course at GVSU prior to departure

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $2,510

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodations
  • All Meals
  • Field trips and fees
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition - 3 credits ($1,371)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Passport fees ($140)
  • Immunizations and medications ($100)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $4,321

Additional Program Cost Information

Cost Comparison for GVSU Cost of Attendance for Spring/Summer 2014, based on 1/2 Time Enrollment (In-State Undergraduate): $6,966

Financial Aid

Contact Nick Bromley in the Financial Aid Office at with questions. Include in the email your G-number and the name of your study abroad program. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

Visit for additional information.

Who can tell me more?

2014 Director:

Prof. Ellen Shupe
Psychology Department
2217 Au Sable Hall


All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.