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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall
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  • Program Sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest 
  • Restrictions: St. Olaf College applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Biodiversity, Literature, Public Policy, Spanish Language of Instruction: Spanish
Course Number: 257 Program Host: ACM
Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Prerequisites: At least two years of college Spanish
Department: OFFC Advisor or Instructor: Leon Narvaez
Housing: Host Family
Program Description:
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Dive into a unique educational experience with the people, culture, and natural environment of the beautiful, diverse nation of Costa Rica.

On the ACM Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment program, you'll explore Costa Rica through a comprehensive Spanish language program, coursework, field experiences, homestays and cultural activities, and a community practicum experience.

Costa Rica fall photoYou'll be immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment for the entire semester, giving you an opportunity to significantly improve your language skills. In the classroom, guest speakers will share their expertise in literature, politics, conservation, social issues, and other topics.

During a month-long practicum, you’ll gain hands-on experience working in a rural community or in the capital city of San Jose. Choose from areas of academic focus in environmental studies, public health, or education/social policy — all important in understanding Costa Rican society today.

  • Spanish in Context - Introduction to Costa Rica: An overview of current social and historical issues in Costa Rica, with readings, discussions, guest lecturers, and field trips.
  • Spanish Language and Culture: Take Spanish tutorial classes taught by native-speaking instructors at a variety of levels.
  • Community Engagement in Costa Rica: You'll work with a local community organization during a month-long practicum.
  • Elective Course: Choose one of three options: Impact of the Health System in Costa Rica; Biodiversity, Sustainability, and Food in Costa Rica; Impact of Education in Costa Rica.  
Classes are held at the ACM Center in San Jose. Students with advanced language proficiency can also take advantage of a dual enrollment option at the University of Costa Rica, choosing two or three courses from the broad range of offerings for Costa Rican students.  

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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, Leon Narvaez.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/22/2018 08/25/2018 12/10/2018

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This program is currently not accepting applications.