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As part of this six-week summer program, business students have the opportunity to perfect their business Spanish and gain greater insight into how corporate social responsibility, ethics and sustainable development are connected. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different business strategies and public-private schemes aimed to contribute to sustainable development in Latin America, particularly in Costa Rica. Site visits to relevant public institutions and private companies, field trips centered on ongoing development projects, and cultural activities complement the classroom learning process and give students a taste of the business climate and the Costa Rican people and culture.
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 José programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the central mountainous region of Costa Rica, with elevations ranging from 3281 to 5436 feet. Surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests, the Arenal Volcano is a sight to see! This active volcano was considered dormant until a major eruption in 1968. If students are lucky to observe the volcano on a clear night, they can see hot lava trails streaming down the mountain. Nearby waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) make for a relaxing experience.
Students will have the opportunity to better understand how public health care services work in a rural area. Among the highlights of the trip, students will visit a small public clinic, as well as private practices to explore the differences between public and private healthcare systems in the country. They also have time to explore the beautiful towns of Atenas and Sarchí and learn more about Costa Rica’s culture and traditions.
Students enjoy a nature field trip to Costa Rica’s North-Atlantic region to visit the Pacuare and Tortuguero areas. The trip is complemented by community work as students contribute to the improvement of the community –previous projects have included restoration of school paths, improving the facilities of the local school, and assisting local wild-life conservation organizations.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) offers a six-week program for students who want to increase their knowledge of business Spanish and gain greater insight into how corporate social responsibility, ethics, and sustainable development are connected.
Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.
Laura will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Students will have the opportunity to learn about different business strategies and public-private schemes aimed to contribute to sustainable development in Latin America, particularly in Costa Rica. Site visits to relevant public institutions and private companies, field trips centered on ongoing development projects, and cultural activities complement the classroom learning process and give students a taste of the business climate and the Costa Rican people and culture.
A Spanish test is given at the beginning of the period to determine and place students in the right level.CREDIT INFORMATION
The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) issues credit according to the American system; the majority of courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Some language courses meet for a total of 60 contact hours and are equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits.
This course focuses on the study of the communicative skills necessary to understand and interact in different work scenarios and be able to perform effectively in them, both in an international and Latin American context. The main objective of the course is for students to become competent in grammatical aspects that allow them to construct their speech in Spanish in professional areas, as well as to manage the different communicative skills applied in a company or business context. The essential terminology for studying the business environment in Latin America is presented in reference to the economic and cultural aspects that influence this sector.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Recommended US semester credits: 3
This course explores strategies aimed at reducing the external impacts of businesses and corporations, creating value through corporate programs and policies, and contributing to the sustainable development of countries and communities where they operate. Students will learn about the evolution of corporate social responsibility throughout the years, its relevance to the private sector, and how corporate social responsibility strategies are constructed and put in practice. Additionally, the course looks into Public-Private Partnerships for Development (PPDs) as an instrument to implement social responsibility strategies. Classroom topics will be supported by site visits to relevant organizations and businesses for experiential learning and an immersive experience in course themes.
Language of Instruction: English
Students in San José live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with or without children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. Students may be housed with other API or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Students are provided with three meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.