Sustainable Development in Costa Rica
IA 555: UNH Summer Program -- 8 weeks / 10 credits
Program Dates: May 31 - July 27, 2013
Application Deadline: extended to March 22, 2013
Info Session: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 1-2 pm, MUB 321
Immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica, a Spanish-speaking, democratic country that has fostered a culture of peace, prosperity and conservation of its unique-in-the-world tropical biodiversity. Experience first-hand the development challenges and opportunities facing Costa Rica. Compare its innovative and successful policies and practices to those of other countries in Latin America and around the world.
This eight-week, 10-credit summer program offers International Affairs dual majors as well as students in a wide variety of other disciplines (Environmental Studies, Political Science, Business, and more) the chance to explore Costa Rica and fulfill the World Cultures and Environment, Technology, and Society Discovery requirements, as they take cutting edge courses in Sustainable Human Development, Service Learning, and Spanish (all levels).
- Experience Earth University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región del Trópico Húmedo) where you stay with traditional Costa Rican farmers and work on their organic farms
- Visit botanical and medicinal gardens, forest reserves and the banana plantation and processing plant while engaging with Earth University students
- Discover the Tortuguero canals and unique micro-climates along the Caribbean Coast
- Take your Spanish to the next level as you live with a welcoming host family in San José
- Give back to your host community through 30 hours of Service Learning
The Center for International Education and our Costa Rican partner, the International Center for Development Studies, have designed courses that may fulfill a variety of course and UNH requirements, including Discovery (WC and ETS). All courses are taught in English except Spanish for Development Studies. Detailed course descriptions can be found here.
Students take the following:
- Sustainable Human Development in Latin America (4
Fufills Discovery requirement: Environment, Technology and Society
and/or IA Elective: Policy & Theory
- Spanish for Development Studies (4 credits)
Two options: 400-500 level OR 500-600 level. Fufills Spanish Major or Minor requirement
Additionaly, all students put their knowledge and skills to use through Community Service:
- Service Learning (2 credits)
Service opportunities in a variety of development contexts in San José organizations.
Students are housed with welcoming local families. Housing includes hot
laundry services and two meals a day (three meals on weekends).
Students pay regular UNH summer tuition, course fee of $2,014, and mandatory summer school fees. The total program cost, including tuition for 10 credits, is: NH resident: $6,164 / Out-of-state: $6,584.
The course fee for this program includes:
- Room & board
- International travelers assistance coverage
- On-site orientation, support and coordination
- Course-related field trips
- Overnight excursions
- Airport transfers
Additional costs: Airfare to San José, Costa Rica (approximately $550) and
Please note: 10 credits taken during the summer at UNH (living on campus, with meal plan) costs more than taking 10 credits with UNH in Costa Rica. You really can afford to study abroad this summer!
Completed applications must be submitted to Hood House Room 223. Students are encouraged to submit their applications to CIE as early as possible. Admission will be limited and is first-come, first-serve for qualifying students.
Participating students are required to attend an advising session, registration session, and pre-departure meetings.
The Costa Rica Application includes:
- One passport-size photograph
- Study Away Student Eligibility Form
- Reference from faculty member
For more information, attend the Costa Rica Information Session
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 1-2 pm, MUB 321
To set up an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor,
call 603-862-2398 or come to Hood House Room 223
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