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Development Studies in Latin America (12 credits)


FALL 2016: August 24, 2016 - November 19, 2016     |     Application Deadline: March 30, 2016


SPRING 2017: January 11, 2017 - April 9, 2017          |          Application Deadline: October 17, 2016

Credits Offered: 12credits Tuition is not included in the program fee

Financial Aid & Scholarships: Pell, TAP, Gilman, student loans

Program Fee: $6185 (estimate) includes housing and partial board. cultural activities, excursions, arrival/departure assistance and international health insurance. AIRFARE is NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program.

Payment Schedule:      $350 deposit is due with the application on October 17, 2016. $5,835, the balance of the program fee is due November 28, 2016. Payments must be made with certified check or money order.  NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS.

Program Description: 

Hunter College joins forces with the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) and Universidad Latina to offer our first semester-long study abroad program. This interdisciplinary program will introduce students to various aspects of development studies, giving them the opportunity to get involved in a local community and contribute to human development in Costa Rica. In addition, the program trip to Nicaragua will allow students to compare and contrast human development aspects in both countries.

Students will be housed with selected families in San José, Costa Rica's capital and one of Latin America's safest cities. The program will include various cultural activities as well as day trips. It will also offer 2 longer excursions, one of them a 4-day trip to Nicaragua. Most weekends will be free to give students the opportunity to explore Costa Rica's famous beaches, volcanoes and rain forests.



To be eligible a student must:

  • Be US citizens or permanent residents

Have completed their FAFSA application for Academic Year 2016-17

  • Meet a 3.5 minimum G.P.A requirement and have demonstrated financial need
  • Provide 2 Academic letters of reference
  • Provide a Statement of Purpose (can be the same essay used for our program's application but should be titled: For The Scholarship Application
  • Provide FAFSA's SAR (Student Aid Repost) for 2016/17, that includes the EFC (Expected Family Contribution)


The program will consist of four courses, two mandatory and two selected from a list of six. The mandatory courses:


1. Spanish Language

Depending on their level, students will be able to get credits for Hunter SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202, 211, or 221. Students who already have credits for all these courses, will replace the Spanish Language course by Central American Literature (see below).


2. Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service-learning Course (Hunter credits for LACS 330.00)


Choice of 2 of the following courses:

1)     Current Environmental Issues in Latin America (Hunter credits for PGEOG 383.65 - Prereq: GEOL 105, GEOG 226 or PGEOG 130)

2)     Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives (Hunter credits for GEOG 245.00 - Prereq: ENGL 120, and GEOG 101.00 or GEOG 150.00 or permission from instructor)

3)     Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective (Hunter credits for WGS 300.32)

4)     Politics and Democracy in Latin America (Hunter credits for POLSC 272.27)

5)     Human Rights in Latin America (Hunter credits for POLSC 272.71)

6)     Latin America: A Mirror of Reality Through Film (Hunter credits for FILM 213.00 - Prereq: FILM 101.00)

7)     Central American Literature [taught in Spanish] (Hunter credit for SPAN 371.00 - Prereq: SPAN 341.00; permission from advisor.)




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