SEMESTER PROGRAMS – FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS
This program allows students to build their own program according to their preferences by having access to a wide variety of course offerings while studying abroad. See the course options here !
The variety of courses to choose from provides students with the opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of human rights and their relationship with human development. In the same way, students have the chance to learn more about the challenges that the region faces to secure the sustainability of their development process. Also, students may choose to explore Latin America’s cultural and sociopolitical context through ICDS’ elective film and literature courses, the latter taught in Spanish.
ICDS and Earth University came together to create a ground-breaking new study abroad program which provides students with the unique interdisciplinary opportunity for linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable development in both urban and rural contexts of Costa Rica. Over a four-month period, undergraduate students participate in five credit-bearing courses at two different institutes. The program, providing an in-depth experience that combines intense fieldwork with classroom engagement, closely examines different sustainable development and resource management models that Costa Rica uses to protect the biodiversity of its ecosystems while promoting socioeconomic benefits for its people.
WINTER QUARTER PROGRAM
This program is intended to create a unique interdisciplinary professional experience for students interested in Latin American and Caribbean Health issues. Within the field of public and private health, its particular focus is on public health assessment strategies. Through this program, students will be exposed to current challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean and reach an understanding of the way global public health issues unfold in the region. The linguistic component of this program equips students in the field of health sciences with the necessary tools to perform well and interact with patients and colleagues in a Spanish-speaking environment. Learn more about the courses in here !
SPRING QUARTER PROGRAM
This program is designed to give students from universities on the quarter system the opportunity to spend the spring quarter in Costa Rica, learning about culture and current issues in Latin America, at the same time as improving their Spanish language skills. The program consists in two topical courses and a Spanish class taught during a period of ten weeks. Each topical course comprises at least 45 teaching hours, and the Spanish class, 60 teaching hours for a total of 10 credits. The program is complemented with cultural activities, visits to sites relevant to the class’ topic, and two weekend field trips where the students will have the opportunity to observe and put into practice the knowledge acquired in their classes.
SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
To complement ICDS’ thematic academic programs, ICDS also offers Spanish for specific purposes programs during the summer term.
This NEW service-learning based program consists in six weeks of intensive Spanish language instruction to complete seventy-two (72) hours which, along with the Spanish language immersion through the experiential component, will grant a recommended total of six (6) credits for the program.
The levels of Spanish language offered through this program are Nivel Básico II, Nivel Intermedio I, Nivel Intermedio II, Nivel Avanzado I, and Nivel Avanzado II (Conversación avanzada). The language and cultural immersion is enhanced by the students’ engagement in community work, completing twelve (12) hours per week.
To participate in this program, students will be required to have completed at least a semester of college Spanish or its equivalent.
This program provides students with the opportunity to explore health care systems in a developing country while furthering their Spanish language skills and gain an understanding of the life and culture of Costa Rica. ICDS´ six-week program provides students in the area of health with the necessary language proficiency to enable them to work and interact with Spanish speaking patients and their families, as well as with colleagues in a Spanish-speaking environment.
This short-term academic option consists on in an intensive experiential learning course titled “Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica,” taught during three weeks in August at a farm.
This course, offered by ICDS, in conjunction with Finca La Flor –an agro-ecological farm located in Cartago, Costa Rica– provides students with an opportunity for a first-hand practical experience in the field of environment, ecology, and food security in Costa Rica. The course focuses on water management, forest ecosystems, permaculture, animal husbandry, as well as organic agriculture and food security policies and practices at Finca La Flor.
The course consists of a total of ninety contact hours to be dedicated to both, the study of relevant concepts to better understand Finca La Flor’s sustainability practices, and actual work at the farm in accordance with the farm’s needs.
ICDS offers its affiliated academic institutions the possibility of developing customized programs –at undergraduate and graduate level– run jointly with ICDS. 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.