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Costa Rica

Costa Rica with Shepherd Honors

Term To Study: Spring-Break 2013
Application Deadline: Mar 10, 2013
Program Starts: Mar 10, 2013
Program Ends: Mar 19, 2013
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $1,000
Contact Phone: 304-876-5253
Contact Name: Dr. Sally Brasher
Contact Email:
What is Included: Students will be responsible for paying aproximately $1000 in program fees. This does not include tuition.
Program Description


This course explores Costa Rican culture through intensive study on campus and field experience in Costa Rica for 8 days over Spring Recess. Classroom topics include an overview of linguistic, historical, geographical, sociopolitical, economic, and/or artistic concerns of the areas visited. During the semester we will meet as a seminar class where students will develop a topic based on their area of interest within the context of Costa Rica. Topics may include, political and economic development issues, eco-tourism, sustainable development, biodiversity, language studies, and cultural transmission. Students will participate in a variety of on-site visits and classes, on topics including language, eco-tourism, and bio-diversity. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit first - hand knowledge of issues pertinent to the host area and demonstrate understanding of cultural differences. We will be working with an organization in Costa Rica, Intercultura Costa Rica. They provide home-stay housing as well as language and cultural emersion courses. In addition we will be making side trips to the Arenal Volcano National Park; a visit which includes a boat trip and canopy tour and lecture on rainforest ecology. We will also visit a coffee plantation and turtle sanctuary.

Quick Facts

Population: 4636348
Capital: San Jose
Per-capita GDP: $ 12100
Size: 51100 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 06:00 hours) Central Time (US & Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: NO

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