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Trinidad & Tobago: Physical Therapy in a Global Context

Graduate Study Abroad

The University is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on future travel. In the event that travel is not possible, Steinhardt Global Affairs will work with faculty on a case-by-case basis to explore alternatives.

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


Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Program Dates:

January 2023, exact dates to be announced.

Application Deadlines:

  • Priority Deadline: September 20, 2022
  • Regular Deadline: October 20, 2022*

*Rolling 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 - Clinical Observation II / PT-GE 2458 - 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, Professor of Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Therapy.


Students stay in shared-occupancy housing arranged by the Office of Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.


  • Housing & Activity Fee - $1,200         
  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included

Estimated Direct Cost Total - $1,200

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

Housing and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the January 2023 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.

Flight, Travel, and Visa Information:

Global Affairs will inform participants about pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. COVID-19 vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.

Flight: Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights.

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 their visa requirements on the embassy/consulate website respective of their nationality. For further guidance on visas and other non-immigration matters, contact OGS Outbound Student Services at

Helpful links: US State Department,  Center for Disease Control, Lonely Planet Guide (Trinidad & Tobago).

Weather: In January, temperatures in Port of Spain typically range from 70°F to 88°F. Visit BBC Weather to learn more about local weather conditions in Trinidad and Tobago.

Pre-Departure 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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