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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.
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.
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
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 of public and private health care 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 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 in Costa Rica is an intensive experience ideal for the medical or pre-health student looking to set their professional or graduate school application apart through experiential learning and professionally-supervised practice abroad.
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!
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.
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.
Language of Instruction: English
This course is designed to provide students and professionals in the field of health sciences withthe necessary tools to acquire the linguistic capabilities that would allow them to interact withSpanish speaking patients and their families.Spanish for Health Sciences is an intensive language course. Students are required tohave completed four semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent to enroll in this course. Students with no Spanish training should plan on enrolling in "Healthcare in Latin America," taught in English.
The general objective of this course is to train students to speak fluently in Spanish, preparingthem to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, and readtexts of medical relevance effectively. The course uses a theoretical-practical approachwith a communicative focus.
Language of Instruction: Spanish
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.