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The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in partnership with Costa Rica’s largest private hospital, the Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers a six-week program for students who want to increase their knowledge of medical Spanish and the health field in Latin America. The program is designed to increase students’ language proficiency while giving them a broader understanding of the Costa Rican healthcare system. Students will complete two courses: “Healthcare Systems in Latin America” and “Spanish for Health Sciences.” The “Healthcare Systems” course is taught at the Hospital Clínica Biblíca, which has been serving patients for over seventy years.

What's Included?

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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

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

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 of 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Open to intermediate and advanced-level Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents

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 Arenal

    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.

  • Atenas-Sarchi

    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.

  • Pacuare-Tortuguero

    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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits

The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in partnership with Costa Rica’s largest private hospital, the Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers a six-week program for students who want to increase their knowledge of medical Spanish and the health field in Latin America. The program is designed to increase students’ language proficiency while giving them a broader understanding of the Costa Rican healthcare system. Students will complete two courses: “Healthcare Systems in Latin America” and “Spanish for Health Sciences.” The “Healthcare Systems” course is taught at the Hospital Clínica Biblíca, which has been serving patients for over seventy years.

To complement coursework, students will participate in two weekend field trips. Students also have the option of doing volunteer work in the local community if desired.

CLINICAL VISITS

Through the Clínica Bíblica, ICDS is able to offer students the option to observe rotations with local doctors. There will be limited spaces available, and students will observe the doctor’s rotations on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (so as to avoid time conflicts with coursework). The option has no credit attached to it. Interested students will be required to demonstrate an advanced level of Spanish proficiency. For more information on this option, contact the API San José Program Manager.

TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are issued jointly by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS). Universidad Latina is accredited by the National Council of Higher Education, National Accreditation System for Higher Education (SINAES) and Red Iberoamericana para la Acreditación de la Calidad de la Educación Superior (RIACES). Universidad Latina also is a Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for project management education programs.

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

The first course is taught in English and discusses the most relevant aspects of the healthcare system in Costa Rica. The class will consist of lectures, individual and group exercises, site visits to clinics, hospitals, and other related sites, a workshop on the topic of the week, and a field study trip. The Spanish language course seeks to increase students’ fluency in Spanish and prepare them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, and read texts of medical relevance effectively.CREDIT INFORMATIONThe 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.

Healthcare in Latin America

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 healthcare in Latin America. Students prepare for each class by first reading and reviewing chapters from the text. The instructor will give highlights in the class of major concepts for each week ́s material. With classes involving 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   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Spanish for Health Sciences

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. Students are required to have completed two semesters of college Spanish to participate in this program. This course offers two levels of Spanish language instruction, intermediate and advanced, and students are divided into one of the two levels through an oral placement exam taken upon arrival. 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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Highlights
  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Designed for students concentrating in the health fields
  • Visits to local healthcare facilities
  • Volunteer opportunities with the local community
  • Opportunities for clinical observation on medical rotations

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 two meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.

Students participating in a semester program with the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) have the option to live either with a host family or in a new student residence as part of the standard program fee. Within the residence, all students have their own bedroom and bathroom within a larger suite of rooms that includes a kitchen (shared among a total of 3-4 residents). These suite-style accommodations may be shared with students outside of API. Students who prefer an efficiency-style suite (i.e., not shared) may do so for an additional fee. Unlike the host family placements, students selecting the student residence are not provided with meals as part of the program fee. API can recommend local restaurants with modestly priced breakfast and dinner options for students who do not wish to prepare all of their meals.

The student residence is not available to ICDS students who select the summer Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica program, as time spent in San José will be too short to accommodate a stay at the residence. Summer participants in the Spanish and Health in Latin America program may select the student residence but will be assessed an additional fee to do so. Contact the API Program Coordinator for more information.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jun, 2020 - Aug, 2020 $7,480 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 15, 2020
Summer 2 Jun 27, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 $7,480 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 15, 2019