2019 Summer II Program – Spanish and Health in Latin America



Summer II 2019 – San José, Costa Rica $6,595 Arrive June 27, 2019 – Depart Aug. 9, 2019 CRSU2


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

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click 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:

  • Beginner II
  • Spanish for Health Sciences – Intermediate
  • Spanish for Health Sciences – Advanced

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.