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  • Locations: Bohol, Philippines; Kyoto, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2020 05/31/2020

** 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.
Program Description:

Culture and Evidence-Based Healthcare in the Philippines and Japan
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Understand the interrelationship of culture and evidence-based healthcare in Japan and the Philippines. Designed for Nursing and Pre-nursing students, this program will enable students to explore and compare different values, belies, traditions, economy and government and how these influence each country's healthcare systems. Students will visit healthcare sites and interact with healthcare providers and their clients. Experience the unique cultural combination of east and west through excursions to places of historical, cultural and societal importance in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Manila and Bohol. The Philippines is a developing nation comprised of thousands of islands, while Japan is a modern industrialized super economy with bullet trains and an exhilarating pop culture. These two countries provide two unique backdrops for students to experience the integration of theory and practice in global healthcare systems. In addition, students will have time to explore the sites, sounds and flavors of both culturally-rich Asian countries.

Download the 2020 Phillipines and Japan final.pdf here!

Kyoto MaikoDates: May 15-31, 2020Osaka Castle
See a Frontpage article about the 2018 program,
which only included the Philippines, here.
(Note the 2018 program included the Philippines, but not the Japan
portion which is the exciting new addition for 2020!)

Academic Focus
Excursions and Highlights
Life and Culture
Application Deadline
Program Fee Payment Schedule
Travel Information
Financial Aid/Scholarships Philippines Group

Academic Focus: This program is designed for nursing and pre-nursing students.

Courses: NRSG 3990: Culture and Evidence Based Healthcare (3 credits).

Students can petition to have the NRSG 3990 course offered on this program to count towards NRSG 4140, the research requirement, after the program.  Contact the program director Dr. Flor Cupla-Bondal for more information.

GC students offer clinics such as a teeth varnishing clinic for children.

Clinic 1Teeth Varnishing Clinic.


Accommodations: In the Philippines, students stay in a dormitory-style hotel; in Japan, students will stay in hotels.

Excursions and Highlights: Japan details coming soon! Students will visit variety of health-related institutions and historically fascinating sites in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. In the Philippines, students enjoy interaction with local healthcare providers, their patients and university students in Bohol.  This direct contact allows for a unique opportunity to experience the Filipino healthcare system first hand. View the famous Chocolate Hills from Sagbayan Peak, cruise the islands of Panglao, experience tarsiers in their native habitat all while experiencing the inviting culture Bohol has to offer.   

Throughout the program, GC students work with various orphanages.

KidsBeautiful children
Unexpected Cultural Encounter

Life and Culture: The culture of the Philippines reflects the country's complex history. It is a blend of the Malayo-Polynesian and Hispanic cultures, with influences from the Chinese. Located in Southeast Asia, the country is an archipelago consisting of more than 7,100 islands, of which more than 800 are inhabited. The Spanish colonized the islands and heavily impacted the culture after more than three centuries of colonization. The Spanish influence can be seen in the dances, religion, cuisine, and many other aspects of the culture. At the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Philippines became a U.S. territory, and remained so until the end of WWII in 1946.  The influence of the U.S. is still seen today in the wide use of the English language and the modern pop culture. Japanese culture has evolved greatly from its origins. Contemporary culture combines influences from Asia, Europe and North America. More information on Japan coming soon!

Cost: $4,150 plus tuition and some meals.
The program fee includes: International airfare, all housing, excursions, cultural events, insurance, ground transportation for program activities, and many meals.

Not included: Georgia College tuition, stude
nt fees, passport, books, additional meals, independent travel and other personal expenses.

Aside from the academics and service to local communities, students will have time to do some fun things too! An unexpected cultural encounter can happen at any time!

Group photo Chocolate HillsChocolate Hills view

Application Deadline: February 1
Contact Study Abroad Advisor Jarris Lanham if interested in this program!
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Program Fee Payment Schedule
Deposit of $500 - due at time of application, no later than Feb. 1
1st installment of $1825 - due by Feb. 1
2nd installment of $1825 - due by Mar. 1

A $500 deposit must be paid online or directly to the International Education Center, 141 S. Clarke St. at the time of application. This deposit holds a place for eligible applicants to this study abroad program. $250 of this deposit is non-refundable, and the remaining $250 is refundable until February 1.
An additional payment of $1825 is due February 1, and the balance of $1825 by March 1. Only in an exceptional case, e.g., an extremely adverse exchange rate, will the cost of the program be increased beyond what is listed on this application. In the unlikely event the International Education Center finds it necessary to cancel a program before the start date, every attempt will be made to give a full refund. If unforeseen events require the shortening of a program after arrival in-country, the International Education Center will determine an equitable, prorated refund.

Philippines - I love Bohol T's

* Note that GC tuition and related course fees must be paid separately to the GC Business Office by May 1.  Students will be notified by Bobcats email once they have been registered for their study abroad course.

Travel Information: International airfare is included in the cost of the program. A limited number of students may be permitted to book airfare separate from the group (but on the same exact flight) to make use of frequent flyer miles. Any student wishing to do so must notify the program adviser (Jarris Lanham) at the time of application to the program. Approval will be considered by both adviser and program director and the decision to allow or not allow independent travel will be communicated to the student in writing as quickly as possible after the program application deadline.
No students should book their own international travel without express written permission. In the event that independent travel is granted, very specific instructions will be provided to those individuals pertaining to the Study Abroad Independent Travel Policy and meeting arrangements. Under no circumstances will any student be permitted to join the group late or depart early. Specific travel information for the group will be announced in spring.

Financial Aid/ScholarshipsStudents are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Georgia College approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Georgia College Study Abroad Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship, and more.

Dr. Flor Culpa-Bondal, Professor of Nursing, 478-445-3916,
After the work, a little fun!I heart Bohol signThe Chocolate Hills of Bohol
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