|Spring Semester 2019 – San José, Costa Rica||$13,995||Arrive Jan. 9, 2019 – Depart April 6, 2019||CRS3|
|Fall Semester 2019 – San José, Costa Rica||$13,995||Arrive Aug. 21, 2019 – Depart Nov. 16, 2019||CRF3|
|Spring Semester 2020 – San José, Costa Rica||$13,995||Arrive 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).
For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click 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 Literature. Students will take a placement exam after arrival to determine their Spanish level. Course offerings are subject to change.
Core Courses (mandatory for all students):
- Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development – a Service Learning course – (mandatory – 3 semester credits)
- Spanish Language (mandatory – 4 semester credits).
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.
–Current Environmental Issues in Latin America – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in English)
–Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in English)
–Sustainable Tourism and Local Development – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in English)
–Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in English)
–Human Rights in Latin America: A Critical Approach – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in English)
–Democracy in Central America: an Ongoing Question – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in English)
-Latin America: A Mirror of Reality Through Film – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in English)
-Central American Literature – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits (taught in Spanish, for Advanced students only)