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Students in this study abroad program will complete two courses and earn a total of six semester credits. The core course, entitled “Communication for Medical Professions,” is designed to help students to communicate more effectively with Spanish speakers requiring medical attention and to learn how cultural norms can influence interactions between medical professionals and their patients. Students will extensively study the Costa Rican healthcare system. In addition to the core course, students will complete a standard advanced Spanish grammar course. Students who have already completed advanced grammar courses at their home university are welcome to select a culture course from the Intensive Language and Culture Program. Students are advised, however, that the “Communication for Medical Professions” course is very time-intensive and culture course options may be limited due to scheduling conflicts.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API San Joaquin de Flores programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Cartago was Costa Rica’s first capital until 1823 and is home to Costa Rica’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels “Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles” or “La Negrita.” Students visit the most important sites in the city, as well as the Orosi Valley, founded by the Franciscan monks in 1561. It is home to the country’s oldest church still in continuous use, built in 1735.
Students will spend one night in the historic capital of San José and will visit local attractions such as the Museo Nacional, the Museo de Oro Precolombino, and the Museo de Jade.
Located to the north side of Rincón de la Vieja, students will enjoy its lush rainforest and waterfalls, as well as, Indulge in a spa treatment; visit the butterfly gardens; take a natural mud bath and sauna; exercise in the gym; plus, much more. Then set off into the rain forest jungle on Eco-adventure tours, most nearby.
Within the park you will find beautiful botanical gardens and more than 125 species of animals, among them birds, mammals and reptiles that have been rescued and, due to health or behavioral reasons, cannot be fully rehabilitated for reintroduction into their natural habitat. The large enclosures are naturally designed to offer these animals quality of life and enrichment
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
API students will receive a transcript from U.S. accredited Fairfield University upon completion of the program.
Julia Nelson will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Esteban Lopez will be your Resident Director in San Joaquin de Flores and a resource for you on-site.
The Instituto San Joaquín de Flores operates on the contact hour system; the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class with a professor. To determine the conversion of Costa Rican contact hours to U.S. semester credits, divide the contact hours per course by 15. Almost all courses at the Instituto are the equivalent of 3 U.S. semester credits.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Level Required: Advanced
Recommended US semester credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to help students improve their style and skills writing in Spanish. Grammatical topics covered vary based on the student’s level, as demonstrated by completion of an on-site placement test.
Students in San Joaquín de Flores live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. As API places one student per family, all students have a private bedroom. Students are provided with 2-3 meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.