Development Studies in Latin America

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Program Description

Students will be able to build their own program according to their own interests thanks to the several elective courses we offer for this fall/spring program. You can choose from our courses on human rights, the environment, or a combination of the two!

There are two core and mandatory courses in this program. One is Spanish language (all levels offered!), and the other is titled “Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development,” which is a service-learning course in which you would participate in community work (in an area that that interests you).

To learn more about the courses we offer please send us an inquiry.


- Homestay
- Trip to neighboring country for comparison/contrast purposes
- Live with a Costa Rican family
- Optional pre-fall semester course with service-learning component in a rural setting

What`s Included

- Service-learning core course with two weekly sessions of community work
- Wireless internet access at home-stay, Ulatina, and ICDS’ offices
- Community work placement in appropriate organizations
- Arrival/departure assistance and transfers from and to airport
- Field Trips and cultural activities


Human Rights Advocacy, Latin American Studies, Social Sciences, Spanish, Sustainable Development

Program Locations

san jose, Costa Rica

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Program Details

International Center for Development Studies (ICDS)
  • Costa Rica: san jose
School Term:
Fall, Spring
English, Spanish
American, WorldWide
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