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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/23/2018 03/30/2018 05/20/2018 06/30/2018
Program Description:
Costa Rica - LAST

Summer in Costa Rica
Service Learning, Politics, Internships
San José, Costa Rica
May 20 – June 30, 2018
 

About the Program:
Summer in Costa Rica is a six-week program based at Tulane University’s own beautiful campus of CIAPA, a prestigious academic research institution in the midst of the capital city of San José. The CIAPA campus houses multiple lecture and seminar rooms where students will take two courses. Constant exposure to Spanish will help students develop stronger language communication skills at any level, including with their local family homestays. Students will embark on adventures to tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and beautiful beaches, with excursions to Manuel Antonio, Irazú, and Monteverde. Make friends with local Univeristy of Costa Rica students, and explore the charming city of San José in your free time!
 
Depending on their interests and needs, students will have the opportunity to choose from three course options being offered. Taught in English by Tulane faculty, the Social Justice Service-Learning course explores the notions of citizenship and concepts of social justice in Latin America from a theoretical perspective, and will be supplemented with a practical application in the community through a 40-hour Service Learning placement. The Social Justice Internship provides placement within a variety of local governmental and non-governmental entities that will host students as interns with varying levels of Spanish language skills. Students will have the opportunity to work within organizations promoting civic education, the protection of human rights, or school drop-out prevention. Central American Politics: Costa Rica will focus on the current state of Costa Rican politics and society by analyzing the social and political forces at play in the region, the challenges of its economic development, and its external interaction with the United States and other world regions. This course is taught in English by CIAPA staff.

 

COURSES OFFERED:

LAST 3950 with LAST 3890 (4 credits): Social Justice Service Learning
LAST 4570 (3 credits): Social Justice Internship
POLC 3310* (3 credits): Central American Politics: Costa Rica
* Course listing subject to change, but course content remains Political Science

 

PROGRAM COST: $5,800

Included:
Tuition
Lodging with local family homestays and three meals a day
Medical Insurance
Transportation from the airport
Specialized tours and excursions
Not Included:
Airfare to/from San José (SJO)
Incidental costs, extra meals, extra expenses
 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:

Student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. At least one semester of Spanish language at Tulane is required, or equivalent from outside institutions. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.
 
Complete applications will include:

  • Student’s general and academic information
  • Personal statement of intent
  • Official copy of transcript
  • Copy of front page of VALID passport
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (by credit card online, OR by check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise Person, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.) 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 23, 2018
 
For questions, contact Laura Wise Person by phone at 504-862-8629, by email at sclassum@tulane.edu, or by visiting the Stone Center in 100 Jones Hall. Visit the program’s web page at http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/page/SummerinCostaRica