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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest 
  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Field Research, Spanish Language of Instruction: Spanish
Course Number: 208 Program Host: ACM
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Prerequisites: At least two years of college Spanish, Prior coursework in proposed field of research
Department: OFFC Advisor or Instructor: Kathy Shea
Housing: Host Family
Program Description:
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Experience living and working as an independent field researcher in the beautiful, diverse nation of Costa Rica on the ACM Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities program.

For more than 50 years, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest has built dynamic connections throughout Costa Rica to offer students this distinctive, research-based, off-campus study program.

Costa Rica spring photoYou’ll split your time between the capital city of San Jose and a site in Costa Rica specifically selected for your field research topic. Spanish language instruction is tailored to your needs as a field researcher in the Costa Rican cultural context.

You'll have flexibility in setting your own schedule and research goals and will work with prominent research specialists and scholars who are matched with you based on your specific research interests. These advisors will assist you in all aspects of the research process, from proposal preparation to field work to writing and presenting your paper. Many students have presented their research projects at conferences and published their papers in academic journals.

  • Spanish Language and Culture: Designed to support you in your field research, this course covers Costa Rican cultural norms, research strategies, Spanish grammar, specialized vocabulary, and pronunciation.
  • Field Research Design: Research opportunities are available in your area of interest in the environmental and natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
  • Field Research: You'll be immersed in the implementation of a research study project, collecting, recording, and analyzing data in consultation with a local advisor.
  • Research Paper and Seminar Course: During the final weeks of the program, you will return to San Jose to complete your research paper in consultation with your advisor and present the results to the group.
In addition to the spring semester schedule, ACM offers this Field Research program on a spring quarter/trimester schedule.

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Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits.  If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Kathy Shea.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 01/26/2019 05/18/2019

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This program is currently not accepting applications.