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San Jose, Costa Rica Project Center
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: D term
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: D term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
D term 2015-2016 10/06/2014 01/12/2015 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
D Term
Project Opportunities:
IQP
Director:
Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld
Center Highlights:
International, Language Learning, Urban
Housing:
Shared rooms in an apartment style hotel
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:

Costa RicaLocation

Costa Rica is a land of contrast: banana plantations, flaming volcanoes, misty black sand beaches, and a thriving modern capitalist economy. A remarkably stable country, both politically and economically, Costa Rica offers an opportunity for students to become immersed in a Central American culture where democracy, economic development, and concern for the environment are a permanent part of the landscape. Students stay in the capital city of San José and have ample opportunity to visit the country’s many attractions.

Projects

Projects are typically centered on issues in environmental conservation, sustainable development, and community development. Students work with government agencies, selected museums, and private organizations dedicated to these issues. Through project work students become familiar with the land and with the challenges involved in maintaining a clean environment in spite of pressures to develop the economy.

Prior knowledge of Spanish language is not required for participation. All students, however, must complete a two-week intensive language program on site. Those who already have Spanish skills will greatly improve them.

Project Examples

Public transportation and environment - Assessing the efficiency, cost, and environmental impact of using bio-diesel in public transportation buses in San Jose
Fire safety and communication - Producing a digital on-call-help dispatcher guide to facilitate emergency firefighting services in Santo Domingo
Marine conservation - Creating communication materials for local and national audiences on marine turtle conservation throughout Costa Rica

Resources

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control