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  • Locations: Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 11/06/2017 11/20/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led ICA GPA minimum: 2.0
Class Standing: 1.Freshman, 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Pre-Course:
Yes
Post-Course:
No ICA Course Number: SOC 272Y
Program Description:
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
City: Monteverde, Costa Rica
When Offered: 07/23/17 - 08/11/17

Faculty Leader: Jamie Mullaney (jamie.mullaney@goucher.edu)

Program Overview

Costa Rica is a leading tourist destination as a result of its commitment to peace and protection of its environment. Of its energy production, over 90% is from renewable resources. It considers the social services of education and health to be a right of its citizens. This course will examine the current state of Costa Rica's political, economic, and social development within the past 50 years, with special emphasis on the issues surrounding demilitarization, conservation, education, health and rural development. Students will explore the relationship between natural resources, ecotourism and sustainable development in Costa Rica-a tropical, demilitarized country between two oceans and two continents.

Download the brochure information with its program cost(s) here: 2017 ICA Costa Rica Flyer.docx
Download the information session flyer for this program here: 2017 ICA Costa Rica-Info Session Flyer.pdf

Eligibility, Prerequisites, and Academic Credit


This program is open to all students in good academic standing (above a 2.0 GPA). This program includes a Spanish language component, but there is no pre-requisite. Language instruction will range from beginner to advanced. It is not possible to earn Goucher language credit for this component. Applicants are required to attend an information session before applying. Students must also attend a 1-credit, 7-week precourse beginning the week after spring break.  This pre-course will be scheduled on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:20 AM to 9:15 AM.  Students will contribute to a group research project while in Costa Rica.


Application and Study Abroad Deposit Deadlines
February 24, 2017: $50 non-refundable application fee and online application due
March 20, 2017: $500 non-refundable deposit is due 
April 28, 2017: Final payment and health forms due


Financial Aid

Loans are also available to eligible students through the Financial Aid Office in SAS. Students who qualify for the study abroad voucher are able to apply the voucher to the cost of this program. Students entering Goucher beginning in Fall 2014 may apply for a Goucher Global Grant in lieu of the study abroad voucher.

Passport and Visa Information

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Please apply for a passport as soon as possible at: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/get_4855.html