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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.
Course Descriptions: 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).
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.
–Current Environmental Issues in Latin America – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
–Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
–Sustainable Tourism and Local Development – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
–Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
–Human Rights in Latin America: A Critical Approach – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
–Democracy in Central America: an Ongoing Question – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
-Latin America: A Mirror of Reality Through Film – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits
-Literatura Centroamericana (taught in Spanish, for advanced students only) – 45 contact hours/3 semester credits