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  • Locations: San José, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Development Studies and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica with ICDS! from ICDS on Vimeo.

About the Location

Costa Rica is a world leader in sustainable development and environmentalism.  The country is at the forefront of progressive thinking in many areas and has not had a standing army for over 65 years.  Costa Rica offers students an enormous range of experiences.  The program is based in the capital of San José but includes a wide variety of field experiences.  San José is the transportation hub for all of Costa Rica and allows students easy access to all of the natural beauty found in the country.


Academics

Who is this program right for?

This program is best for independently-minded students with an interest in the impact of development on various aspects of society. Courses are taught by leading practitioners with many years of experience in the field, and who offer students a broad spectrum of experiences from which to draw.  Suggested major and minor disciplines include but are not limited to environmental studies, international studies and political science.  The majority of courses, excluding Spanish language classes, are taught in English to maintain their high academic level. There are elective courses which are taught in Spanish for students with an advanced Spanish level. In addition, students can opt to do their coursework in Spanish if desired.  Students may take Spanish courses on this program, but the program is not the best choice for a Spanish major or minor.  

What is this program like?

The ICDS program is designed to give students insight into developmental challenges and achievements in Latin America and a window into Costa Rican culture.  Students will live with host families, take courses based at a the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, and partake in a service-learning course and community work every week.  Students will reside in a suburb of San José but will have access to activities outside of the city.

ICDS´ Fall and Spring semester programs give students a variety of course offerings to customize their study abroad experience in accordance with their interests, preferences, or academic requirements. Students will take a Spanish language course and "Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service- Learning Course", the latter consisting of community work complemented with reflection spaces in the classroom. Students will also choose three elective courses chosen from emphasis areas of human rights/social justice or environment/sustainability.  Students may also combine courses from both emphasis areas.

The Human Rights/Social Justice elective courses allow students to acquire in-depth knowledge on human rights and their relationship with human development.

The Environment/Sustainability courses offered explore the challenges that Latin American countries face to secure the sustainability of their development.

This program is based at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, but classes are taught by ICDS faculty. Local Costa Rican students participate in some of the courses, providing even more contact and immersion into Costa Rican culture. Students will participate in a variety of culturally-based activities and experiential field trips during their time in Costa Rica. 

If fewer than six students sign up for any one elective course, it will not be offered that semester, and students will be given the option to take another course. Students can consult the ICDS website to see the list of courses offered as part of the semester programs. Students on this program will be required to take one Spanish course. The majority of courses are taught in English to maintain their high academic level, but there is an elective course taught in Spanish for students with an advanced Spanish level, and students can opt to do their coursework in Spanish if desired.

This program does not require prior Spanish language experience; however it is recommended that students have at least one year of college Spanish to make the most of the program.

 

Community Work Opportunities with ICDS! from ICDS on Vimeo.

Academic Notes


General ProgramDates

  • Fall semester – September to November
  • Spring semester – January to mid-April

Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


Housing

Homestays with ICDS: feel at home! from ICDS on Vimeo.

Students live with host families to help facilitate language skills and gain cultural understanding.  Most host families are a short walk to the university.


Applications

Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by ICDS.


Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.


Additional Information and Links

Join the GEC Facebook page to chat with alumni, connect with other interested students, and get program updates.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
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Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 04/07/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
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Rolling Admission 08/21/2019 11/17/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Spring 2020 09/12/2019
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Rolling Admission 01/08/2020 04/05/2020
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.