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  • Locations: Port de Paix, Haiti
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/15/2018
Rolling Admission 03/08/2019 03/16/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Biomedical Sciences (BMS), Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS), Religious Studies (REL)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: Service Learning College Designation: CHHS, CHPA
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:


The purpose of this program is to expand MSU’s Vision Screening project to another school in Haiti (we began the project in Haiti last Spring Break), to experience Haitian culture, to observe religion, to observe Haitian healthcare and to participate in global community engagement. We purpose to enable under-served (or not served at all) Haitians to see more clearly and to enable students to more clearly see the status of a developing country, needs of others and their own ability to make a difference.

Program Fee: $2,700

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
  • Meals
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • BMS 300 (Service Learning) (1)
  • IDS 297 (3)
  • IDS 397 (3)
  • BMS 497 (1-3)
  • REL 399 (2-3)
  • SOC 300 (3)
  • UHC 350 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 4

Lora Hobbs
Department of Religious Studies


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD Weekly Team Meetings
Program Itinerary   
March 8 Depart Springfield
March 9 Fly or take a bus from Port au Prince to Port de Paix, Haiti
Check in to hotel, begin to get acclimated to the community where we will be all week.
March 10 Observe Haitian Church Service, Orientation, Hiking, set up for screening vision and fitting glasses
March 11-13 Morning: Screening vision and fitting for glasses.
Afternoon Activities:
Tour Residence Hospital, Tour Downtown Port de Paix, Visit Student's Home and Family, Opportunity to Tour One Hospital and Possibly Shadow Haitian Doctors or Nurses.
Possible Afternoon Activities:
  • Monday- Tour of downtown market, Port de Paix sites.
  • Tuesday- Tour government hospital; Haitian History presentation
  • Wednesday- Visit residential medical facility for children, tour a hospital/clinic
Evening: Team thoughts
March 14 Boat ride to La Tortue Island, swim, eat, hike, beach for the day
March 15 Finish up any screening or fitting loose ends.
Bus Ride From Port au Prince to Port de Paix, Depart Haiti to Florida
March 16 Depart Florida for Springfield
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD Team Meeting

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.

This program is currently not accepting applications.