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
Students must be either a junior or senior standing or graduate student
The following services are included as part of the program fee:
The following services are not included as part of the program fee:
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.