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Community Health and Services in Costa Rica: An Interdisciplinary Study Abroad

Summer C  2012

Costa Rica 

Program Full

Program Description:

Application Deadline Extended!

As a supplement to its Health Management and Informatics curriculum, the College of Health and Public Affairs has designed a study abroad program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in international community health and services at UCF.

This interdisciplinary study abroad program will provide students from different disciplines from the College of Health and Public Affairs to explore Community Health and Services issues in Costa Rica as a way to promote collaborative work of students/faculty between departments and schools. 

This program will provide opportunities for students to identify and assess problems, and which local organizations and partners, devise possible solutions, service implementation, and outcome evaluation (intervention/outcome research).  It will encourage global competency through the acknowledgement of cultural influences of Costa Rica on the student and the gain from diversity.  This program will be hosted  by the University of Costa Rica.

If this program receives more than 20 confirmed participants, a second program will be created between July 3 - 14, 2012.

Students should plan to arrive by noon on the starting day of the program in order to transfer to the housing.  Students are advised not to purchase airline tickets until they are notified that the program has met its minimum numbers.

Payment breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1: $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2: $500
Payment 3: $287.50
Payment 4: $287.50

Learning Outcomes:

Differentiate between community and service delivery needs in the USA and Costa Rica based upon client/population assessment; community and social resources; treatment options and effectiveness, and national & local policy

Articulate specific cultural elements and characteristics of the populations and organizations visited and analyze their applicability to their discipline and working environment


Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 

Activities will be conducted in Spanish, some basic language skills are recommended for this program.

Courses[click to expand]:
HSA-5957 Health & Services Costa Rica
Academic Institution: University of Costa Rica
Credit Hours: 3.00

CCJ-6958 Heath and Services Costa Rica Graduate
Academic Institution: University of Costa Rica
Credit Hours: 3.00

CCJ-4955 Heath and Services Costa Rica Undergraduate
Academic Institution: University of Costa Rica
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

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

  • Shared apartment housing or hotel accommodations in Costa Rica including breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transportation to excursions such as Cartago, the Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano as well as local transfers within San José
  • Admission to Irazu National Park
  • Six dinners
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administration fee
  • Academic coordination,  teaching materials, and academic support services from the University of Costa Rica

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

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Passport/Visa fees
  • Costa Rica departure taxes
  • Incidentals
  • Additional meals not 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): 1175.00
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 Bernardo Ramirez
Email: bernardo.ramirez@ucf.edu
Office: HPA2 204
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-06-21
Program Ends: 2012-07-02
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-03-16
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-03-20
Academic Institution:
University of Costa Rica 
Additional information:
Closest Domestic Consulate
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