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Globalization and Contemporary Issues in Costa Rica

Summer A  2012

Costa Rica 

Program Full

Program Description:

As a supplement to its Social Work curriculum, the College of Health and Public Affairs has designed a study abroad program for both upper-level Undergraduate and Graduate students interested in social work at UCF.

This course is designed to broaden intercultural competence and strengthen understanding of the effects of globalization as expressed in social problems, social change efforts, individual and family functioning, formal and informal social and health care services systems and community capacity building in Costa Rica.

Participants will travel to Puntarenas, Costa Rica for two weeks of classes and service learning. This program is hosted by University of Costa Rica – Puntarenas and will be the location of language and culture classes while rural areas in Costa Rica will provide the backdrop for a variety of interactive service learning.

Participants will visit governmental, non-governmental, and community social services, environmental protection, and health service programs as well as attend presentations by Costa Rican professionals and community leaders to promote understanding of the differences in issues of social justice and service delivery between the USA and Costa Rica.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Puntarenas, Costa Rica  by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking. Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

Students may register for either SOW 4955/5957 or SPN 4941 and earn 3 credits.  A total of 6 credit hours may be earned by taking both SOW 4955 (Undergraduate) or SOW 5957 (Graduate) – Globalization and Contemporary Issues in Costa Rica and SPN 4941 – Spanish Internship.

This program is open to non-majors and students without prior Spanish language courses.  While in Costa Rica, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences, speak in Spanish, and try new things.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $700
Payment 4:  $700

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate increased intercultural competence by employing respectful interpersonal engagement in context while studying abroad
  • Recognize the economic, social and familial impacts of globalization on the host country and USA immigrants originating from the host country
  • Provide examples of social or health problems, human rights concerns, formal and informal service systems, family and individual development concerns, or community capacity building efforts in the host country arising from interdependent global-local linkages
  • Compare and contrast differences in challenges to social justice and the delivery of formal and informal social and health care services between the USA and host country
  • Apply social work values of self-determination, integrity, and trustworthiness an professional boundaries in research papers, peer learning, and group activities.
  • Demonstrate increased intercultural competence by employing respectful engagement in context while studying abroad.
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 

Students must be either a junior or senior standing or graduate student

Courses[click to expand]:
SOW-4955 Globalization and Contemporary Issues in Costa Rica (Undergraduate)
Academic Institution: University of Costa Rica Puntarenas
Credit Hours: 3.00

SOW-5957 Globalization and Contemporary Social Issues in Costa Rica (Graduate)
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

SPN-4941 Spanish Internship Intensive Study
Academic Institution:
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Shared accommodations in Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Most meals:
    • Breakfast is included on: 5/10- 5/12, 5/14- 5/19, & 5/21- 5/24
    • Lunch is included on: 5/9- 5/12, 5/14- 5/19, & 5/21- 5/23
    • Dinner is included on: 5/9- 5/10, 5/12, 5/15, 5/18- 5/19, & 5/23
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome meal and farewell party
  • Zona Sur excursion
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administrative fee


The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • UCF tuition
Price (in US Dollars): 2500.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr Denise Gammonley & Ms Maria Redmon
Email: denise.gammonley@ucf.edu
Office: HPA 0248
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-05-09
Program Ends: 2012-05-24
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-03-02
Academic Institution:
University of Costa Rica Puntarenas 
Additional information:
Program Map
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Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu