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Block 1  (5 Weeks):

Study in San Jose and the Central Valley. Students live in San Jose with Costa Rican families and study Spanish for four hours daily. In mornings sessions, students learn about different topics pertinent to the Central American context such as globalization, health care systems, environmental issues, and history, among others. A constantly evolving reading anthology, expert guest speakers, fieldwork, and local field trips are the tools used in getting at these topical issues. During a 1-week trip, time is spent exploring the current economic and political conditions of Central America and their indigenous communities, as well as the renewable energy efforts happening in Costa Rica. Students prepare for their internship experience during this first month by choosing the organization in which they will work and by planning their particular work in consultation with faculty advisors who are experts in the culture of the Costa Rica and in the students’ areas of interest. During this Block, students will be accompanied by an advisor who will open spaces for dialogue and reflection. 

Block 2  (8 Weeks):

In Block II, participants in this program take on an independent internship to dive into the local culture and contribute to the mission of an organization working on social, educational or environmental goals. During this time, students take Spanish classes and their professors will help them to improve their language and challenge them to enhance their communicative skills. Internship experiences include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assisting teachers at local public schools.
  • Assisting at any of a number of NGOs in the San Jose area.
  • Participating in environmental or community development organizations. 
  • Cooperating with organizations in sports or recreational activities. 

Upon completion of the internship, students return to ICADS to complete written work and oral presentations, while processing their experiences as a group and together with their faculty advisors (including a reentry workshop).

Application deadlines:

 Fall Semester  April 1
 Spring Semester  November 1

Financial Information:

Summer Internship Tuition and Fees

 Deposit $500 
 Final payment $13,450 
 TOTAL COST $13,950


Start Dates

Fall Semester 2023
Sep 04 2023 to Nov 29 2023

Spring Semester 2024
Jan 29 2024 to Apr 24 2024


13 weeks

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Deposit: $500 (applied to total)

Tuition & Fees: $13,950

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