Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Costa Rica: Healthcare, Business, Criminology and Environmental Professions Program

July 4- August 9, 2014
Application deadline extended to march 3

Students will take classes at Veritas University in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, where they will learn Spanish specific to their academic discipline as well as gain practical knowledge of their field in Central America. Students will also participate in direct interaction with the Costa Rican people and excursions to the naturally beautiful and culturally rich areas of Costa Rica.

Known as a natural paradise Costa Rica is home to dramatic landscapes that include rainforest and active volcanoes. Its beauty is preserved intentionally by the Costa Rican government, with 20% of the country made up of forest reserves, home to thousands of bird, plant, and mammal species. Costa Rica also has a consistently pleasant climate with spring-like temperatures year round. The Costa Rican people are known for their relaxed and friendly attitudes.

Academic Program

In Costa Rica, all students will enroll in a 2-4 credit field studies course (extra tuition) as well as two courses in their academic discipline (including the prorgam fee)

  • Healthcare: Spanish for Health Professions and Costa Rican Healthcare and Tropical Medicine. (9 Credits) Tropical Medicine is an upper level course taught in English. Students are in class a total of 60 hours with Costa Rican health care practitioners. The course also includes a Health Day in which students interact with the community, clinic days, and field trips outside the city.
  • Criminology: Spanish for Law Enforcement and Migration Issues or Human Rights in Latin America, both taught in English. (8 Credits)
  • Business: Spanish for Business and Ecotourism, taught in English. (9 Credits)

Students are also required to enroll in a 2 credit pre-trip course, SPN 293, 393, 493, 593, Costa Rica Today, in the 1st Summer Session. The Director grants exceptions to this requirement only in extreme circumstances.The tuition charge for this class is not included in the prorgam fee.

Culture Program

Students will visit Cartago, the first capital of Costa Rica, Tortuga Island, the Poas Volcano National Park, La Paz Water Falls Gardens, and the Limon Province. There is one weekend where students can travel independently, but they can receive help in organizing their own travel.

Students live with Costa Rican host families. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the daily life of a Costa Rican family. The family provides breakfast, dinner, and laundry service. The homes are within walking distance to the university and close to good public transportation to get around San Jose.

To view the itinerary, please view the brochure CSH 14 PROFESSIONS Brochure.pdf


Applicants must have completed one year of college-level Spanish or equivalent. Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.

At the time of application, the applicant must have completed two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and one semester if a transfer or graduate student. Students from other universities may be accepted to the program as a CSU transient student. Must also have no financial holds on their Treasury Services account and have no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct. All applications must be approved by the Program Director and the Education Abroad office.


The program cost is:

  • $5000: Criminology Track
  • $5100: Healthcare or Business Track

The cost includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, two meals a day, group transportation and excursions, an International Student Identity Card and 8-9 credits in Veritas courses.

The cost does not include tuition for the required 4-6 credits of CSU courses and may change due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate.

Students should budget about $500 for lunches, meals on Sundays, and other traveling incidentals.

Financial Aid

Students may use summer financial aid to pay for the program cost. Summer financial aid is made up of financial aid not used from the previous fall and spring terms. Students will need to talk to the All-In-One office in order to access their summer financial aid.

Eligible students can apply for the CISP Study Abroad Scholarship If you receive a Pell Grant, you may also apply for a Gilman Scholarship. Additional scholarship resources may be found on the website of the Center for International Services and Programs.

Do I need a Visa?

If you are not a United States citizen (even if you are a Permanent Resident), you may need a visa to enter Costa Rica. Go to the Costa Rica Consulate website to find out if you need a short term tourist visa to enter Costa Rica. If you have any questions regarding visas, contact the Education Abroad Office.


The program application and deposit slip is due no later than Monday March 3 to confirm your participation. To make the program deposit of $200, take the application form and  your payment to the Cashier’s Office MC 115. You will receive a receipt that you must turn in with your application.

To download an application, please click on the link CSR 14 Application- PROFESSIONS students.pdf