As a supplement to its Psychology curriculum, the College of Sciences has designed a study abroad program for undergraduate students interested in cross cultural psychology at UCF.
This Study Abroad Program is designed to bring together a group of students from the University of Central Florida (matriculated at the University of Central Florida [UCF]) and Costa Rica (matriculated at Universidad de Costa Rica [UCR]) in the context of a course called Cross-Cultural Psychology.
The course will be taught in English, followed by a 1-hour English-Spanish Conversation Class during which time topics addressed in the course will be discussed among U.S. and Costa Rican students who will be divided into pairs. In the Cross-Cultural Psychology course, both UCF and UCR students will study myriad aspects of selected populations.
In addition to the information learned in the course, UCF students will experience life in a distinct culture, learn about pre- and post-Colombian history of Costa Rica and Central America (via excursions locally and to Panama City, Panama), and learn and practice Spanish, regardless of their current fluency in Spanish. UCR students- in addition to learning information from the course- will interact extensively with U.S. students and learn and practice English, regardless of their current fluency in English.
It is anticipated that UCF and UCR students will interact informally outside the university context to maximize their intercultural experiences with each other.
Students should plan to arrive by noon on the starting day of the program. This is an open jaw itinerary. Please note that students will fly into San Jose, Costa Rica and return from Panama City, Panama. Students are encouraged not to book their fllights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.
Payment breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:
Payment 1: $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2: $1000
Payment 3: $562.50
Payment 4: $562.50
• Obtain a broader perspective on humanity by means of critically examining various cultural groups and exploring cultural world
• Learn about other lifestyles and cultures
• Learn about Costa Rican and Central American Culture, values, social norms and world views
• Improve ability to understand, comprehend, and express oneself in Spanish
• Compare and contrast a wide array of social values and norms of mainstream USA and Costa Rica
The following services are included as part of the program fee:
The following services are not included as part of the program fee:
Disclaimer: The cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (for most programs), independent travel, and personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. Students will be notified via Knights email if there are any significant changes made to the program.