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  • Locations: Saint Marc, Haiti
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Area of Study: Health Sciences
Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE
Program Description:


Saint Marc Haiti

This global mission project enables students to participate in a diverse clinical practicum experience in Haiti with a clinical preceptor/faculty member.

About Haiti:

The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint l'Ouverture. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804.

Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck southwestern Haiti causing widespread and devastating destruction, with an estimated 2.1 million people affected. The current President of Haiti is Jovenel Moïse, who took office on February 7, 2017


Academic Content

NUR 577 Advanced Practicum and Role Synthesis 3 credit hours

Students taking this class for credit will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $835 for 3 credits.


Prices and Payments

$1,900 Approximately

The program fee includes:

  • Air Ticket
  • Lodging
  • Some Meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Field Excursions
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance

The Program Fee does not include:

  • SIUE tuition
  • Most Meals
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
  • Personal Expenses

Payment Schedule:

  • $1,000 deposit payment will be due July 7
  • The balance of $1,000 will be due August 4
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.


Contact Information

Valerie GriffinValerie Griffin, DNP, PPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, RN[Valerie Griffin]Assistant Clinical Professor
Family Health and Community Health Nursing
Campus Box 1066
Alumni Hall 3327
(618) 650-3392


Program Itinerary

October 25, 2017 Depart St. Louis for Saint Marc, Haiti
October 26 Clinic Day
October 27 Day of Immersion
October 29 Clinic Day
October 29 Return to St. Louis from Saint Marc, Haiti
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 02/09/2020 02/15/2020

** Applicants will learn of acceptance shortly after this date. If accepted, students must return to their applications to complete the next phase of requirements.