Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Semester Abroad Spring Fall in Costa Rica

Semester Abroad
Spring & Fall in Costa Rica

Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary program

Dates:
Mid January - Mid April
Late August-November
Development Studies in Latin America

Build your own semester according to your interests and acquire knowledge on human rights and sustainability.

  • Two mandatory courses: Spanish and Service Learning
  • Elective courses on human rights, sustainability and development to choose from
  • Spanish courses for all levels
  • Two weekly sessions of community work
  • Field study trip to Nicaragua
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Pursuing Sustainable Development in Latin America:
An Experiential, Urban and Rural Program

Dates:
Late January through May
August-November
Pursuing Sustainable Development in Latin America ICDS

ICDS and EARTH University offer a ground-breaking study abroad program that links knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable development in both urban and rural contexts of Costa Rica.

  • Community work in an urban setting
  • Trip to neighboring country for comparison purposes
  • Spanish courses for all levels
  • Classes taught at San José and Guácimo, Limón
  • Hands-on experience
  • Homestays with urban families during the first part of the program in San José, and residence hall living at EARTH University in Guácimo, Limón.
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Winter Study Abroad in Costa Rica ICDS

Winter Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Health Care in Latin America

Dates:
Early January-March
Health Care in Latin America

Learn about health systems in Latin America

  • Elective courses on health to choose from
  • Spanish for health sciences
  • Clinical rotations for advanced Spanish speakers (limited spots-Spanish test required)
  • Community work for basic and intermediate level Spanish speakers
  • Classes taught at Hospital Clínica Bíblica & Universidad Latina campus
  • Field study trip to Nicaragua
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Spring Quarter in Costa RIca ICDS

Spring Quarter in Costa Rica

Sports, Spanish and Community Engagement in Costa Rica

Dates:
Late March-Early June
Sports, Spanish and Community Engagement in Costa Rica ICDS

This program provides students with the opportunity to learn about sports in Latin America and their strategic importance for development in the region.In addition, students will be able to acquire in- depth knowledge on the major challenges for sustainability faced by Latin America while contributing to the well-being of vulnerable populations by carrying out community work. Moreover, students will improve their Spanish language skills through language courses at different levels and community work in a Spanish-speaking environment.

  • Spanish courses for all levels
  • Sport and cultural activities
  • Access to local sports clubs
  • Service-learning core course
  • Field study trips
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Summer Abroad in Costa Rica ICDS

Summer Abroad in Costa Rica

Spanish and Community Engagement in Costa Rica

Dates:
Early June-Mid July
Spanish and Community Engagement in Costa Rica ICDS

This program offers a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.

  • Intensive Spanish instruction (72 contact hours)
  • Four weekly sessions of community work
  • Culture and language immersion
  • Field trips
  • Cultural activities
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Spanish and Health in Latin America

Dates:
Late June-Early August
Spanish and Health in Latin America ICDS

This joint program with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and Hospital Clínica Bíblica offers students the opportunity to explore health care in a developing country while furthering their Spanish language skills and gaining an understanding of the life and culture of Costa Rica

  • Learn about health systems in Latin America
  • Spanish for health sciences
  • Clinical rotations for advanced Spanish speakers (limited spots-spanish test required)
  • Community work for basic and intermediate level Spanish speakers
  • Classes taught at Hospital Clínica Bíblica and Universidad Latina campus
  • Field trips
  • Cultural activities
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Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica

Dates:
First three weeks of August
Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica ICDS

This short- term late summer program, offered by ICDS, in conjunction with Finca La Flor –an agro-ecological farm located in Cartago, Costa Rica– is a service-learning course with an environmental/ecological and sustainable development focus and provides students with an opportunity for a first-hand practical experience in the field of environment, ecology, and food security in Costa Rica.

  • Live at Finca La Flor-agro-ecological farm-located in Cartago
  • Learn about water management, animal husbandry, ecology, forestry, organic agriculture among other topics
  • In-class and Hands-on instruction
  • Field trips
  • Cultural activities
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Customized Programs ICDS

Customized Pograms

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ICDS offers academic institutions the possibility of developing customized programs at undergraduate and graduate level.

These may include faculty-led programs focusing on topics within ICDS’ areas of expertise and intended to give participant students and faculty insights on the challenges faced by Costa Rica and other Latin American countries to secure the sustainability of their development.

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