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Our Summer Program in San Jose, Costa Rica


Spanish & Community Health in Latin America

Hunter College, CUNY

International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) and Hospital Clinica Biblica


Thanks to the generosity of our colleagues at ICDS five (5) $250 scholarships will be available to Hunter students participating in the summer program. ·················

To be eligible, students must be:

  • US citizens or permanent residents,
  • Have completed their FAFSA application for Academic Year 2015-16,
  • Meet a 3.0 minimum G.P.A requirement and have demonstrated financial need
  • Provide 2 Academic letters of reference
  • Statement of Purpose (can be the same essay used for our program's application)






Hunter College joins forces with the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) and Hospital Clinica Biblica to offer students planning to enter health professions a six-week program, which will provide them the opportunity to explore health care issues in a developing country while furthering their Spanish language skills and gaining an understanding of the life and culture of Costa Rica.The program will include homestays and an excursion to the town of Atenas and to the beautiful Punta Leona beach resort.



The Spanish for Health Sciences offers two levels of Spanish language instruction, intermediate and advanced. Students will be placed in the appropriate level based on an oral placement exam taken upon arrival. The course will prepare students to interview patients, complete patients' files and medical reports, and read texts of medical relevance effectively.

The Health Care in Latin America course is intended to create a unique experience for students interested in Latin American and Caribbean Health issues. The course will focus on public health assessment strategies. Through the course, students will be exposed to current challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean and reach an understanding of the way global public health issues unfold in the region. As part of the program students will visit various types of clinics, as well as other points of medical service.





Prerequisites :

SPAN 201 or equivalent (such as 3 years of high school Spanish and passed Regents exam.)

***Community Health majors need COMHE 411 and approval of their advisor




Education Abroad Office

E1447 Mon - Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm
Phone: (212) 772-4983
Fax: (212) 772-5005


Estimated Total Costs of Attendance:

Summer 2016 - COSTA RICA COA


Program Fee

$ 1,650.00

$ 3,315.00

Not included in Program Fee (estimates):


Books/ One-meal per day/ Public Transportation

$ 600.00

$ 400.00

TOTAL: $ 5,965.00




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