San José Course Offerings

 

2019-2020 SEMESTER PROGRAMS:
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN LATIN AMERICA

Application Deadlines

Spring: November 1

Fall: June 1

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Spanish. Courses are available in English & Spanish. You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-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.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 16 semester credits. Students will take 5 courses. Classes are taken with other American students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (ICDS)

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 incorporates service learning and field trips.

COURSE OFFERINGS

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. Additionally, students will choose 3 electives from the list below.

Courses are taught in English, except Spanish Language and Central American Literature. Students will take a placement exam after arrival to determine their Spanish level.  

MANDATORY COURSES:

ELECTIVE COURSES:

All students MUST have 6 elective courses 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.

All electives are worth 3 semester credits.

Elective offerings are subject to change.

 

 

2020 WINTER QUARTER PROGRAM:
HEALTHCARE IN LATIN AMERICA

Application Deadline

Winter: November 1

Language Requirement: Open to students with a basic level Spanish (Beginner II) and higher. Courses are available in English & Spanish. You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-Beginner II level is for students who have completed 1 semester or 2 quarters of college level Spanish (or equivalent).
-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.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-16 semester credits. Students will take 4-5 courses. Classes are taken with other American students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (ICDS)

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.” This unique program includes healthcare or social work related community work hours alongside coursework.

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” with a 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.”

A placement test will determine your Spanish language level. Beginner and Intermediate Spanish speakers will complete their community work in social welfare services. Advanced Spanish speakers may complete their experiential learning through observational clinical rotations at Hospital Clínica Bíblica. Students who are interested in this option must complete a written and oral (Skype) Spanish test before arriving in Costa Rica.

Please scroll down for course descriptions.

COURSE OFFERINGS

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

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

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

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. Taught in English)

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. Taught in English)

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. Taught in English)

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 healthcare 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. Taught in English)

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

Application Deadline

Spring: November 1

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Spanish. Courses available in English & Spanish. You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-Beginner I level students are those who have not taken Spanish before.
-Beginner II level students have completed 1 semester or 2 quarters of college level Spanish (or equivalent).
-Intermediate I level students have completed 3 semesters or 3-4 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Intermediate II level students have completed 4 semesters or 5 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level students have completed at least 5 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 13 semester credits. Students will take 4 courses. Classes are taken with other American students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (ICDS)

Students will take a set curriculum consisting of the 4 courses listed below. Students must have all 4 courses pre-approved for credit by their home institution.

Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development (Service Learning Course) - 3 semester credits. Taught in English.

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 - 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. Course meets for 60 contact hours.

Culture and Development in Latin America - 3 semester credits. Taught in English.

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 - 3 semester credits. Taught in English.

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 IN COSTA RICA

Application Deadline

Summer: April 1

Language Requirement: Open to all levels of Spanish, but a basic level (Beginner II or higher) is recommended. Courses are available in English & Spanish. You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-Basic I level students are those who have not taken Spanish before.
-Basic II level students have completed 1 semester or 2 quarters of college level Spanish (or equivalent).
-Intermediate I level students have completed 3 semesters or 3-4 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Intermediate II level students have completed 4 semesters or 5 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level students have completed at least 5 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 6 semester credits. Students will take 2 courses. Classes are taken with other American students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (icds)

This is a 6-week Service Learning program in Costa Rica with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to the local community.

Urban Experience:
Participants will spend 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 the 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.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students will take Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica (taught in English) for 3 semester credits, plus a Spanish Language course.

Students will be placed into the appropriate Spanish level after completing a placement test after arrival in Costa Rica. Spanish Language courses are worth 3 semester credits. Available Spanish levels include:

 

 

2019 SUMMER II PROGRAM:
SPANISH AND HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA

Application Deadline

Summer: April 1

Language Requirement: Open to students who have completed 1 semester of college level Spanish or equivalent. Courses are available in English & Spanish. You can approximate your Spanish level using the following:

-Beginner II level is for students who have completed 1 semester or 2 quarters of college level Spanish (or equivalent).
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2-3 semesters or 3-4 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 5-6 quarters of college level Spanish.

Additional Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75. Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. For complete requirements, please see the Eligibility section on this page.

Possible U.S. Credits: 7 semester credits. Students will take 2 courses. Classes are taken with other American students.

Final Transcript: Issued by Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.

INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (ICDS)

This 6-week Summer program allows students to explore health care in a developing country while furthering their Spanish language skills for Health Sciences.

The program consists of 2 courses – Spanish for Health Sciences and Healthcare in Latin America. The former will facilitate the development of vocabulary in the health and medical field and the improvement of the students’ ability to communicate in Spanish, as well as prepare them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, and read texts of medical relevance. The latter course will discuss the most relevant aspects of the health system in Costa Rica. It includes conferences, exercises, site visits to clinics, hospitals, and other related sites, and a workshop on the topic of the week.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Healthcare in Latin America - 3 semester credits. Taught in English.

Spanish for Health Sciences - 4 semester credits.  Available Spanish levels are:

Students must have both courses pre-approved for credit by their home institution.

 
 
Jackie Cimino