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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Emory applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
05/31/2018 08/18/2018 12/01/2018
Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
05/31/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018
01/26/2019 05/18/2019

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Description:
Hosted By: ACM

Academic Focus: 
Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Social and Environmental Studies, Tropical Field Studies, Biology and Ecology. This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the majors listed above.

Approximate Dates:
Fall: late August to early December
Spring: late January to late May

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing. At least two years of college Spanish or its equivalent is required.

For Spring term, students should have prior coursework related to the proposed research area. Familiarity with statistics and fieldwork methodology is strongly recommended. This program has limited space, so students are encouraged to consider alternate programs as back-up options.

Program Information:
Hosted by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), the Costa Rica program offers two theme-based curricula during fall and spring terms.

Fall Term:  
"The Community Engagement in Public Health, Education and the Environment"  program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on issues vital to Costa Rica and the entire Central American region. Courses include topics such as sustainable development, comparative health care, and politics and public education.
The program allows for immediate immersion in daily life in Costa Rica. Students begin in San José learning language and cultural skills then spend a month in a rural community practicum participating in a community engagement project while living with local families. Students finish the last five weeks completing an independent project after having experience both urban and rural environments.
Details about the fall term program are online at:

Spring Term:
"Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities" program offers advanced independent fieldwork related to the environment, social sciences, and humanities. Students design and conduct independent research projects under supervision in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students begin with a four-week orientation where they create a research proposal and take an intensive language and culture course. This is followed by two months field research with mentor supervision and one month completing the report/paper.
Details on the spring term are online at:

Students have the option of completing the fall and spring terms in Costa Rica, combining coursework and field research for the academic year.

Fall Semester:
Courses Required:  (1) Introduction to Costa Rica  (2) Community Engagement in Costa Rica & 2 Electives. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Spring Semester:
Courses Required: (1) Spanish Language and Culture (2) Field Research Design (3) Field Research (4) Research Paper & Seminar Course. Spanish Language and Culture is taught in Spanish while the remaining three courses are taught primarily in Spanish with some English sessions.

Credit and Grade Translation - ACM Costa Rica

Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently in the Blanket Approval List

Living Arrangements:
Students live with host families in San José, and depending on your field research, you may live with a host family in rural locations as well.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budged Sheet. Fall  Spring

Financial Aid/Scholarships:
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarship for under-represented students), NSEP Boren Scholarship, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship). For more information please click here. 

Program Resources:
Host Program Website:

Fall Term: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment:

Spring Term: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities:

Kate Dawson, Emory College Study Abroad Advisor:


This program is currently not accepting applications.