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Featuring a 36-hour supervised shadowing experience within the Costa Rican healthcare system, this program is ideal for students in pre-health majors or tracks ranging from Nursing to Dentistry to Physical Therapy to Sports Medicine to Nutrition. The program is open to all levels of Spanish speakers, although please note that limited places are available for students with no Spanish language, and shadowing placements for those with no Spanish will also be limited. Students will choose one of two courses offered: Healthcare in Latin America (taught in English) or Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (taught in Spanish at the 300-level). Through coursework, intensive shadowing, visits to local organizations and homestays, students will be immersed in Costa Rican culture and learn firsthand about one of Latin America's most unique healthcare systems.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Excursions 

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing (including meals and laundry with host families)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry Requirements: valid passport

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API San José programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Volcán Irazú National Park and Valle de Orosí

    At over 11,000 feet, Volcán Irazú is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Its awe-inspiring height allows visitors standing at its peak to see both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The volcano’s name was taken from the name of an indigenous village that was built on the flanks of the volcano, Iztaru, which means “shaking thunder of the hill.” The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

What You’ll Study

Students will choose between Healthcare in Latin America (taught in English) and Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (taught in Spanish at the 300 level). Each class includes 45 hours of instruction in addition to 36 hours of clinical shadowing in the following fields:

- General medicine/primary care
- Nursing
- Physical Therapy and Rehab
- Sports Medicine
- Occupational health
- Pharmacy
- Clinical Lab
- Nutrition
- Dentistry
- Optometry and Ophthalmology

This three-week program is an intensive experience ideal for the pre-health student looking to set their professional or graduate school application apart through experiential learning and professionally-supervised practice abroad.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Francy Orozco

    Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.

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    Gabi Perches

    Gabi Perches will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - gabriela.perches@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

TOTAL CREDITS: 4 semester credits

Students on this program will choose between two courses, one taught in English and the other taught in Spanish at the 300-level. Both classes include 45 hours of instruction in addition to 36 hours of clinical shadowing over the three-week program.

Health Care in Latin America - Maymester

This program is intended to create a unique interdisciplinary professional experience for students interested in Latin American and Caribbean Health issues. Within the field of public and private health, its particular focus is on public health assessment strategies. Through this program, students will be exposed to current challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean and reach an understanding of the way global public health issues unfold in the region.

The course will provide students with definitions and updated material that would open them to opportunities such as examining issues related to the people, places and politics to assess the delivery and quality of health care in Latin America. Classes will involve formal and interactive sections where students will work independently or in groups to develop investigative, writing and presentation skills, as well as participate in open class discussions.

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Spanish for Healthcare Professionals - Maymester

This course is designed to provide students and professionals in the field of health sciences with
the necessary tools to acquire the linguistic capabilities that would allow them to interact with
Spanish speaking patients and their families.
Spanish for Health Sciences is an intensive 60-hour language course. Students are required to
have completed two semesters of college Spanish to participate in this program.

The general objective of this course is to train students to speak fluently in Spanish, preparing
them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, and read
texts of medical relevance effectively. The course uses a theoretical-practical approach
with a communicative focus.

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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.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Maymester May 9, 2020 - May 30, 2020 $4,180 Feb 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2020