San José Course Offerings

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAM
DEVELOPMENT STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICA

PROGRAM PRICEDATESPROGRAM CODE
Spring Semester 2019$13,995Arrive Jan. 9, 2019 – Depart April 6, 2019CRS3
Fall Semester 2019$13,995Arrive Aug. 21, 2019 – Depart Nov. 16, 2019CRF3
Spring Semester 2020$13,995Arrive Mid. Jan. 2020 – Depart Mid. April 2020 (TBA)CRS3

Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish. Electives taught in English except for a few exceptions (see below). Students will be assigned a language level based on a placement test.

-Beginner I/II levels are for students with basic prior knowledge of Spanish (0-2 semesters of college level).
-Intermediate I/II levels must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 16 semester credits.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.


SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA: COURSE OFFERINGS AT ICDS (INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES)

SEMESTER PROGRAM: DEVELOPMENT STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICA

Jointly with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, ICDS offers the opportunity to build your own semester according to your interests. This program will help you acquire in-depth knowledge on sustainable development through a variety of courses on sustainability, the environment, and human rights. The program includes a service-learning core course with two weekly sessions of community work, as well as a trip to a neighboring country for contrast purposes.

This interdisciplinary program will allow students to choose from a wide selection of courses while living and studying in Costa Rica. There are 2 mandatory core courses that all students must take: 1) Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development (a Service Learning course) and 2) Spanish Language. Students will be enrolled in 3 additional electives, from the given list below.

All courses are taught in English, except Spanish Language and Central American LiteratureStudents will take a placement exam after arrival to determine their Spanish level.  Course offerings are subject to change.

Core Courses (mandatory for all students):

Electives:

ALL STUDENTS must have 6 elective classes pre-approved by their home institution, as well as both of the mandatory core courses.  Students will be asked to rank their top 6 elective choices, in order of preference. It is important to have flexibility as an elective will not run unless there are 6 or more students enrolled. ICDS will work to accommodate students in their highest-possible choices. Students’ final schedules will contain the 2 mandatory courses and 3 electives, for a total of 5 courses for the semester.  Once again, electives will run according to demand, so students must have flexibility in their elective class choices.

2020 WINTER QUARTER PROGRAM
HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA

PROGRAMPRICEDATESPROGRAM CODE
Winter Quarter 2019 $12,295Arrive Jan. 3, 2019 – Depart March 16, 2019CRWQ
Winter Quarter 2020 $12,295Arrive Early Jan. 2020 – Depart Late March 2020 (TBA)CRWQ

Language Eligibility: Open to all levels of Spanish.

-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per quarter.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.


SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA: COURSE OFFERINGS AT ICDS (INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES)

WINTER QUARTER PROGRAM: HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA

The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in partnership with Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers an 11-week Winter Quarter program in San José, Costa Rica called “Healthcare in Latin America.”

All students will take a mandatory “Spanish for Health Sciences” class (offered at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels), as well as 3-4 elective courses.  Additionally, all students will complete 60 experiential learning/community work hours, alongside their classes.

  • Spanish for Health Sciences – all levels offered (mandatory – 4 semester credits)

  • Health Care in Latin America (mandatory – 3 semester credits)

  • Health and Vulnerable Populations in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)

  • Economics of Health Care Systems (elective – 3 semester credits)

  • Tropical Diseases in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)

Please scroll down for course descriptions.

Students must have all the classes listed below pre-approved for credit by their home institution.  Course offerings are subject to change.

For advanced Spanish speakers, experiential learning may take place through observational clinical rotations at Hospital Clínica Bíblica (All applicants interested in this option must complete an oral and written Spanish test before arriving to Costa Rica. The tests are done by ICDS’ Spanish coordinator via Skype). Intermediate and lower level Spanish speakers will complete community work related to social welfare services. A placement test will determine your Spanish language level.

Some of the healthcare courses are taught under the care of Hospital Clínica Bíblica, Costa Rica’s largest and most prestigious private hospital and ICDS’ close partner.  A 77-year-old hospital, Clínica Bíblica is accredited by the Joint Commission International Accreditation and “boasts a 50 million dollar infrastructure (and new 35 million dollar hospital building) and “can handle anything from life-threatening emergencies and cutting-edge procedures, to medical checkups or a face lift.”


COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Spanish for Health Sciences (mandatory – 4 semester credits). Offered at Beginner II level, Intermediate Level & Advanced Level.

This course is designed to equip students and professionals in the field of health sciences with the necessary tools to acquire the linguistic capabilities that would allow them to interact with Spanish speaking patients and their families. Spanish for Health Sciences is an intensive 60-hour language course offered at basic and intermediate levels with the general objective of training students to speak fluently in Spanish, preparing them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, and read texts of medical relevance effectively. The course uses a theoretical-practical approach with a communicative focus.

Health Care in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)

This course is intended to create a unique interdisciplinary professional experience for students interested in Latin American and Caribbean Health issues. In this course students learn how the price system functions to allocate resources within the health care industry, as well as how to frame allocation questions for decision making, how to measure benefits resulting from survival and from higher quality of life, how to account for risk as a probability event in insurance, and how to account for long-term financing. The course will also familiarize students with examples of how those questions are approached in Latin America. The case of the relatively successful universal public – mix health system that exists in Costa Rica contributes to enrich the students’ learning experience.

Health and Vulnerable Populations in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)

Vulnerable populations, those with special needs for or barriers to care, have a significant impact upon health care, both in terms of meaning and delivery. This course looks at the meaning of health through the eyes of various distinct vulnerable populations in Latin America.

Economics of Health Care Systems (elective – 3 semester credits)

Economics concerns the allocation of scarce resources. Health is an excellent testing ground for such an approach. You will learn how the price system functions to allocate resources within the health care industry. You will learn how to frame allocation questions for decision making, how to measure benefits resulting from survival and from higher quality of life, how to account for risk as a probability event in insurance, and how to account for long-term financing. The course will also familiarize you with examples of how those questions are approached in Latin America. The case of the relatively successful universal public – mix health system that exists in Costa Rica will allow you to take advantage of your learning experience.

Tropical Diseases in Latin America (elective – 3 semester credits)

Tropical medicine research holds a special place as an important activity that as a consequence of multiple factors, such as globalization and migration, has extended and reaffirms its importance not only in tropical developing countries, but also in non-endemic areas in the developed world. The different aspects related to the practice of tropical medicine and their multiple components need to be frequently visited. Three of the most important infectious terminal diseases in the world that significantly affect tropical areas are HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. These pathologies, together with other important diseases, represent relevant public health problems, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  The course provides students with definitions and updated material that will allow the student to learn about the majority of common tropical diseases.

2020 SPRING QUARTER PROGRAM
LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN COSTA RICA

PROGRAMPRICEDATESPROGRAM CODE
Spring Quarter 2019 $12,295Arrive March 28, 2019 – Depart June 8, 2019CRSQ
Spring Quarter 2020 $12,295Arrive Late March 2020 – Depart Mid. June 2020 (TBA)CRSQ

Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish.

-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 13 semester credits per quarter.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.


SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA – COURSE OFFERINGS AT ICDS (INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES)

SPRING QUARTER PROGRAM: LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

All students will take a set curriculum consisting of the 4 mandatory courses listed below. Students must get all 4 courses pre-approved for credit by their home institution. Course offerings are subject to change.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (Service Learning Course) (45 contact hours / 3 semester credits)

Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development is a course based on service learning as a pedagogic methodology that prepares college graduates to be active and informed global citizens. This is a credit bearing educational experience that provides students with the opportunity to participate in community work complemented with reflection spaces that open the possibility of making the proper connections with personal values and course contents: local development, social justice, intercultural understanding, sustainability, civic responsibility, and global citizenship. The community work takes place in the context of local human development processes, mainly in urban Costa Rica.

SPANISH LANGUAGE (60 contact hours / 4 semester credits)

During the first week of classes, students will complete a Spanish placement exam, according to which they will be placed in the appropriate level Spanish class. Class levels range from introductory to advanced Spanish. All course levels meet for 60 contact hours during the term. Links to Spanish Language syllabi:

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICA (45 contact hours / 3 semester credits)

The concept of development is influenced by the culture where it is generated and influences the other cultures where it is appropriated. The aim of this class is to understand Central America, its history, its culture, and how different concepts of development have been adopted and adapted to it.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT (45 contact hours / 3 semester credits)

The course looks at the main trends in sustainable tourism, from the early days of the industry to the present. It emphasizes positive experiences in nature-oriented and other sustainable types of tourism, and highlights what makes them successful. We will also look at ecological, social and economic elements, determine positive and negative impacts, and learn and comment about local and international efforts to reach sustainability.

2019 SUMMER I PROGRAM – SPANISH AND SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES

PROGRAMPRICEDATESPROGRAM CODE
Summer I 2019 $5,995Arrive May 19, 2019 – Depart June 29, 2019CRSU1

Language Eligibility: Elementary level and higher. Students must have basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 6 semester credits.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.


SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA: SUMMER COURSE OFFERINGS AT ICDS (INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES)

SUMMER I PROGRAM: SPANISH AND SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES IN COSTA RICA

ICDS offers a six-week service-learning program with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.

Urban Experience:
Participants begin by spending the first 3 weeks of the program in San José, where they will have orientation and Spanish classes, as well as community service in urban locations. During this time, students live with a local Spanish-speaking family, thus having an opportunity to immerse themselves into the language and the culture before traveling to their Sustainable Practice site in rural Costa Rica.

Rural Experience:
The Sustainability Practices course takes place during the last 3 weeks of the program at Finca La Flor, an agro-ecological farm. Finca La Flor is located in Cartago, about 25 miles east of San José. The Sustainability Practices course includes recycling, forestry, medicinal plant gardening, permaculture, organic agriculture, forestry, clean energy and water management. Participants immerse themselves in the culture of rural Costa Rica by living and working on-site at the farm. Students will also work alongside community members as part of La Flor’s involvement in the community’s development. Accommodation at the farm will be in cabins (2-4 students per cabin) with three meals a day provided.

After completing the work on the farm, students travel to the central Pacific coast for a visit to a national park and a two–day relaxing stay on the beach to celebrate all their hard work.

COURSES – Students will take Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica as well as one Spanish course from the list below.

Students are placed into the appropriate Spanish level after completing a placement test after arrival in Costa Rica. Students will complete 60 contact hours in their Spanish Language course, which typically transfers as 3 U.S. semester credits. Students must have classes and credits pre-approved by their home institution. Available Spanish levels include:

2019 SUMMER II PROGRAM – SPANISH AND HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA

PROGRAMPRICEDATESPROGRAM CODE
Summer II 2019 $6,595Arrive June 27, 2019 – Depart Aug. 9, 2019CRSU2

Language Eligibility: Elementary level and higher. Students must have completed at least 2 semesters of college Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 7 semester credits.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.


SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA: SUMMER COURSE OFFERINGS AT ICDS (INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES)

SUMMER II PROGRAM: SPANISH AND HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA 

This 6-week program provides students with the opportunity to explore health care in a developing country while furthering their Spanish language skills and gain an understanding of the life and culture of Costa Rica. ICDS provides health professionals and university 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.

The program consists of two mandatory courses – one linguistic and one topical, to facilitate the development of vocabulary in the health and medical field, and the improvement of the students’ ability to communicate correctly and effectively in Spanish.

The topical course of the program is “Healthcare in Latin America”, which discusses the most relevant aspects of the health system in Costa Rica.  Class meets for two sessions weekly, with conferences, exercises, site visits to clinics, hospitals, and other related sites, and a workshop on the topic of the week.

The linguistic course is “Spanish for Health Sciences.” This intensive Spanish course has the general objective of training students to speak fluently in Spanish, preparing them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, read texts of medical relevance effectively.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Healthcare in Latin America (mandatory – 3 semester credits)

Spanish for Health Sciences (mandatory – 4 semester credits).  Available Spanish levels are:

Course offerings are subject to change. All credit values posted by ASA are suggested. Final decisions on credit values are made by the student’s home institution. Students must have all courses and credits pre-approved by their home institution.

 
Jackie Cimino