Quick Info

  • Managua, Nicaragua
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Health in a Global Context, Nursing
  • : Will run again in 2020 - Stay tuned for details!
  • : TBD
  • : TBD
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Pitt Nursing Students Only


NUR 1150: Public and Community Health in Nicaragua


NUR 1061: Intro to Medical Spanish


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Mark Cantrell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and an International Professional Consultant for the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).  At Pitt he teaches nursing and allied health professionals and serves as the lead faculty for Community Health Nursing; Risk Factors and Health; and Contemporary Issues in Cross-Cultural Health Care.  In his role as a PAHO/WHO consultant, his work revolves around building capacity in the Nicaraguan health workforce through education, training, and research.

He deeply believes all people deserve the opportunity to be healthy and has seen firsthand the power of partnering with individuals and communities to improve health and lives.  He enjoys the adventure and richness of international immersion and has worked professionally in Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, and Colombia focusing on community/public health, health system capacity, and vulnerable and underserved populations.  His academic preparation includes a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Master of Public Health, and Graduate Certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy.  


 During the first week of spanish classes students will be staying in the Eco-hotel with plenty of sleeping, eating, meeting and classroom spaces surrounded by great views. The beautiful gardens are designed to attract butterflies and birds, and it has been built with local sustainable materials (straw, recycled tires, bamboo). 

In Managua students will be staying at a local hotel in a double occupancy rooms.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Arrive in Managua Depart Managua
Summer 2020 Summer 2020

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

* All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.



Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Accommodation
  • Roundtrip transportation from the airport
  • Cultural activities that coordinate with the course
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Personal expenses while abroad
  • Meals and incidentals

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

The program is open to Nursing students only (rising junior and senior years).

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Oksana Stalczynski

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. A study abroad experience broadens your horizon, grows your circle of friends and improves your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about study abroad programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.  Get in touch with me at Oksana.stalczynski@pitt.edu or 412-383-3237!