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  • Hands-on experience in urban and rural settings
  • Perfect combination of intense fieldwork and classroom engagement
  • Service-learning core course with two weekly sessions of community work
  • Trip to neighboring country for comparison purposes
  • Language and cultural immersion


  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Basic level(s) of college Spanish preferred

Lodging Modality

  • Homestays with carefully selected urban families during the first part of the program in San José, and residence hall living at EARTH University in Guácimo, Limón.

What’s Included

  • Arrival/departure assistance and transfers from and to airport
  • On-site orientation
  • Homestay placement
  • Community work placement
  • Weekend excursions in-country and abroad, and class day trips
  • Cultural activities
  • Wireless Internet access

Course Offering

Courses at ICDS

  • Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development:
    A Service-Learning Course
  • Environmental Dimension of Sustainable Development: The Costa Rican Experience
  • Spanish Language

Courses at EARTH University

  • Sustainable Livelihoods: Integrating Community, Entrepreneurship, and Natural Resources
  • Environmental and Social Assessment: How To Measure, Manage, and Mitigate our Impact
  • Spanish Language

Program Fees

Please check with your home university’s Study Abroad Office, or contact ICDS at

Program Dates

Term Dates Duration
Spring Session Early January through March 16 Weeks
Fall Session Mid August to Mid December 16 Weeks

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Studies in Latin America Program?

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