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Costa Rica Health, Summer 2018

Spanish & Community Health in Latin America

Summer 2018

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I) Summary

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

Dates: June 28, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Credits Offered: 6 Credits: SPAN 210 (3 credits) and COMHE 400.58 (3 credits)

Application Deadline: March 22, 2018 Deadline extended to April 20, 2018!

Financial Aid: Pell, TAP, student loans

Scholarships: Chancellor’s Global Scholarship, Gilman, ICDS

Program Fee: $3,310 (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.

Students should not purchase flights before the orientation session. Arrival and departure information will be discussed then, and details are subject to change.

Payment Schedule: $350 application fee and deposit is due with the application. $2,960 (program fee balance; estimate) is due April 24, 2018. 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 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..



  • 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

Credits & Grades

Students in this program may receive 6 credits. Note: Students will only receive credits if their grade is "C" or better. Letter grades for this program will appear on the transcript, but will not count towards their Hunter GPA.

III) Costs of Attendance

Tuition (6 credits, calculated at the undergraduate, in state rate) $1,710
Program Fee $3,310 (estimate)
Not included in Program Fee (estimates):
Airfare $800
Local Transportation / One Meal Per Day / Books $550
TOTAL US (estimate)

IV) Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of our colleagues at ICDS five (5) $250 scholarships will be available to Hunter students participating in the Summer 2018 Spanish & Community Health in Latin America program.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be US citizens or permanent residents,
  • Have completed their FAFSA application for Academic Year 2017-2018,
  • Meet a 3.0 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 program application) 

V) Further Inquiries

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

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