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Trinidad & Tobago: Physical Therapy in a Global Context

Join your physical therapy classmates in Trinidad for two weeks this January. This experience is a travel extension of the Clinical Observation II and IV course. The purpose is to analyze the clinical performance of experienced practitioners in a non-US setting to gain an understanding of different physical therapy service delivery models and different health delivery systems. Students will experience the varied cultural aspects of service delivery in a Caribbean context. Students will observe master clinicians in pairs, which will enable collaborative learning with international colleagues. Upon return to New York, students will have an opportunity to integrate their observational experiences in a structured environment and share their learning with classmates.

Marilyn Moffat

Professor of Physical Therapy

Global: Application Deadlines: January and Spring Break Abroad


Port of Spain, Trinidad

Travel Dates:

December 29, 2019 -  January 11, 2020

Application Deadlines:
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Regular Deadline: *November 1, 2021

*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis

Who Can Participate:
  • Second and Third Year Doctor of Physical Therapy Students
Related Areas of Study:
  • Physical Therapy

This study abroad experience is an optional component of the:

  • PT-GE 2456 (Class#TBD) Clinical Observation  II  /PT-GE 2458 (Class# TBD) Clinical Observation IV

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.

Sample Syllabus / itinerary


Marilyn Moffat, PT, DPT,PhD, DSc, GCS, CSCS, CEEAA, FAPTA 

  • Housing Fee - $800         
  • Activity Fee - $300          
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $1,100

This course is an optional component and extension of the Spring Clinical Observation II or IV Spring 2020 course.

Housing and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the January term.

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are also responsible for their own accommodations for travel beyond the program dates.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used the following flight search engines: Kayak, Google Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.

Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online Cost of Living tools on websites such as Numbeo, Expatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.

Learn about scholarship opportunities.


Students stay in shared-occupancy hotel accommodations. 

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date.

Visa: No visa is required of holders of the passport from the U.S. and the British Commonwealth (e.g., Canada, the UK) to enter Trinidad for this program. To confirm visa requirements and application instructions, visit the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. All other passport holders should check with their respective visa requirements.

Helpful links: US State Department,  Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide

Weather: Because of Trinidad's southerly location, temperatures are equable year-round. Its average daily temperature is 27°C (80°F). Average humidity hovers around 75%.

Student Resources:

Visit the Steinhardt Study Abroad Resources website and get a head start on preparing for your study abroad program experience.


Visit the Office of Global Affairs Short-Term Graduate Courses Policies page.

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