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.
You'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.
Learn more at ACM.edu/CostaRicaFall.
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.
COSTA RICA (ACM) SEMESTER I APPROVED GE CREDITS