Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

You are here: Home Education Abroad Programs Semester Programs Semester Study Semester-Long Study Abroad: Costa Rica Spring 2018

Semester-Long Study Abroad: Costa Rica Spring 2018

Development Studies in Latin America

Spring 2018

Apply today!

I) Summary

SPRING 2018: January 10, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Credits Offered: 12 credits

Application Deadline: October 19, 2017 Deadline extended to November 10, 2017!

Financial Aid: Pell, TAP, student loans

Scholarships: Chancellor’s Global Scholarship, Gilman, ICDS

Program Fee: $6,135 (estimate) includes housing and partial board, cultural activities, excursions, arrival/departure assistance and international health and travel insurance. TUITION and AIRFARE are 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 application fee and deposit is due with the application. $5,785 (program fee balance; estimate) is due November 28, 2017. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS.

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments (see Education Abroad Application Instructions and Policies).

II) 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.

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 38365 - Prereq: GEOL 105, GEOG 226 or PGEOG 130) - SYLLABUS
2. Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives (Hunter credits for GEOG 24500 - Prereq: ENGL 120, and GEOG 10100 or GEOG 15000 or permission from instructor) - SYLLABUS
3. Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective (Hunter credits for WGSL 29003) - SYLLABUS
4. Democracy in Central America: An Ongoing Question (Hunter credits for POLSC 27227) - SYLLABUS
5. Human Rights in Latin America (Hunter credits for POLSC 27271) - SYLLABUS 
6. Central American Literature [taught in Spanish] (Hunter credit for SPAN 37100 - Prereq: SPAN 34100; permission from advisor.) - SYLLABUS

Informational Videos:

  • Development Studies & Cultural Immersion with ICDS
  • Service Learning: Community Work Opportunities with ICDS
  • Hunter students speak about their experiences with ICDS in Costa Rica
  • Homestays with ICDS

    III) Estimated Costs of Attendance

    Tuition (12 credits, calculated at the undergraduate, in state rate) $3,265
    Program Fee $6,135
    Not included in Program Fee
    Airfare $600
    Local Transportation / Meal / Books $850
    TOTAL US (estimate)

    IV) Scholarship

    Thanks to the generosity of our colleagues at ICDS five (5) $500 scholarships will be available to Hunter students participating in the Spring semester program.

    • To be eligible, students must:
      • Be US citizens or permanent residents
      • Have completed their FAFSA application for Academic Year 2017-18
      • 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 as used for our program's application but should be titled: For The Scholarship Application)
      • Provide FAFSA's SAR (Student Aid Repost) for 2017/18, that includes the EFC (Expected Family Contribution)

    V) Further Inquiries

    Administrative Inquiries
    Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
    Office Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
    Phone: (212) 772-4983
    Fax: (212) 772-5005

    Document Actions
    Education Abroad website feedback:
    Office of Education Abroad, Room E1447
    (212) 772-4983 | email us
    695 Park Ave
    NY, NY 10065