San José, Costa Rica: Human Rights in the Americas

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Human Rights in the Americas

Academic program: May 21 – June 8 (4 units)
Optional externship: June 11 ~ July 20 (4-5 units)

Home of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, San José offers an ideal location for the study of human rights. This three-week, four-unit academic program will introduce students to international human rights law and the Inter-American human rights system as well as current issues such as the intersection of business and human rights and transitional justice. Optional Spanish language instruction and a cultural immersion program will be offered at no additional charge.


“I thought the Vienna program to be an extremely worthwhile experience for me. Not only did I find the subject matter to be incredibly interesting, it also proved to be invaluable for my subsequent internship in EU Business Law. The speakers SCU invited were very accomplished in their respective fields and were extremely personable, making themselves available to us after classes. One of the highlights for me was when we were able to meet the Archduke of Austria, Karl von Habsburg. All in all, the experience was unforgettable.”

Costa Rica program and externship
UNHCR Costa Rica, 2015
—Amaan S

What`s Included

Mix & Match • Students may be placed in an externship with an intergovernmental organization, governmental institution, or non-governmental organization in Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru, or the Dominican Republic.

Spanish language skills may be required for some externships.



Program Locations

San José, Costa Rica

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Santa Clara University - School of Law
  • Costa Rica: San José
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American, Canadian
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