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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Education and Human Services, University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Host Family
Program Lead Faculty: Cheri Lynn Westmoreland Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program OverviewSkyline

Partnering with ILISA Language Institute Costa Rica, UC McNair Abroad and CECH are offering this cross-cultural service learning opportunity.

While in Costa Rica, students will work with school age children and community based program. Students will help teach English as a Foreign Language and work on service projects during the day, and participate in tourist activities at night. 


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Important facts from the Costa Rican Investment Promotion AgencyFutbol
  • Our educational system is ranked 21st in the world.
  • Poverty has been reduced 46% in the last 25 years.
  • Costa Rica ranks among the top 5 countries in environmental performance worldwide.
  • San Jose is ranked as the 4th city in Latin America with the best quality of life.
  • Costa Rica ranks 12th globally and 1st among Latin American Countries in Social Progress.
  • Costa Rica has been awarded with several international recognitions as a tourist destination such as Trip Advisor 2013 Traveler's Choice Beaches Award for Top Beaches in Central and South America.
  • There are 726 miles of coastline distributed throughout the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rican beaches are surrounded by forests and have great natural diversity. 

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Who Can Participate?

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

Students in this program would prepare by taking LSLS 3050 or 7050 for 3 credits for spring 2019 semester. The objective of this class is to help develop your understanding of Costa Rican Culture and Educational system in a course structured around leading themes in culture and ethnography ultimately culminating in a study abroad service learning experience during Summer 2019 (May 5– May ). The class format involves lectures, student presentations, and class discussions. The class will have one midterm presentation, one final presentation, a reflection essay (your life story) and 1 five-page paper. in a course structured around leading themes in culture and ethnography ultimately culminating in a study abroad service learning experience during Summer 2019 (April 28 – May 7). The class format involves lectures, student presentations, and class discussions. The class will have one midterm presentation, one final presentation, a reflection essay (your life story) and 1 five-page paper

Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Dr. Cheri Westmoreland
Executive Director, Inclusion and Retention
Division of Students Affairs

I have been at the University of Cincinnati in total of about 20 years but in this area about twelve. Service learning has been a great teaching tool for me to use with students. I have traveled with students to Haiti, Ecuador and now Costa Rica.

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Living ArrangementsFall

Students on this trip will be accommodated with homestays in Costa Rica. Students will have a private room with desk, chair, lamp, nightstand and window. In some homes, students have a private bathroom, although more frequently, it will be shared.

This living arrangement offers you the opportunity to communicate in real life situations and will help you learn Spanish faster and more easily than it would be possible if you were to stay in a hotel. We hope to have 2 or more students from the program staying in one home at a time.

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Getting There

Group flight arrangements will be made and cost flight is included in the trip costs. All flight information will be provided at a later date. 

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Program Costs

Tentative 2019 Program Cost: $2900

Included in Program Cost:
  • Homestay accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfast/dinner included, some lunches)
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
    • Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall
    • Manuel Antonio
    • Orosi Valley
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Gift for host family (~$20)
  • Some meals (~$200)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$300)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International grant will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Grants are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Cheri Westmoreland
McNair Scholars, N25 Clifton Court Pavilion
Division of Student Affairs

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This program is currently not accepting applications.