Costa Rica Study Abroad Program
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The Costa Rica Program is a 3-week study abroad program offered during January Term. This program is centered around the UNH 4-credit course, The Politics of Costa Rica, POLT 543.
For more than half a century, Costa Rica has been touted as the democratic success story of Central America. While the rest of the region has struggled to overcome authoritarian legacies, Costa Rica has been a trailblazer on the path to democracy. The successful establishment of democratic political institutions and political culture has been coupled with a series of other innovations, including the abolition of the military, investments in human capital, and the balance of economic development with sustainability.
Message from the Director
Politics 543 and the program are designed to explore the many facets of Costa Rican exceptionalism. Under the direct onsite supervision of a UNH faculty member, students will combine the study of Costa Rican politics with field research in Costa Rica. This field research will include trips to government agencies and other political organizations, as well as periodic lectures by Costa Rican political actors and scholars. While this course is broadly dedicated to the study of Costa Rican politics, the substantive focus of the course may vary depending upon the specialty of the participating faculty.
Classes are held at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica in San Jose. A 3-credit Spanish language class is included in the program curriculum, the credits for which are awarded by the Universidad Latina and are eligible for transfer credit consideration.
Politics 543 is taught in English by an on-site UNH faculty member.
Housing and Meals
Students are housed with host families in a private room, with two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) and weekly laundry service.
Students must by matriculated and have at least 32 hours of credit. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required. Students must be in good standing with the University Student Conduct System.
Application and Deadlines
Application deadlines are typically in late October for the January Term. Students are encouraged to apply early so that they can make their travel arrangements at the lowest possible cost.
Tuition and Fees
January Term tuition/fees and an additional course fee will cover payment of tuition, excursions, housing, and two meals per day. In addition to these fees, you will need funds for midday meals, airfare to and from Costa Rica, insurance, cell phone, and personal and incidental expenses.
Travel and Insurance
Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from San Jose, Costa Rica.
Students must meet the UNH Center for International Education's (CIE) insurance requirement by purchasing one of the following: USNH Students Health Benefit Plan, International Student ID Card (ISIC), or iNext Card.
Prof. Mary Fran T. Malone
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