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Global UofSC in Costa Rica

Area: Global UofSC
Location: San Jose
Country: Costa Rica
Term: Summer

This program provides students a unique opportunity to gain UofSC course credits while learning about health and culture in San José. Courses are instructed by UofSC faculty. Students have the chance to explore San José and immerse themselves in Costa Rican culture while living in a homestay. In addition to taking courses, students participate in educational and service-oriented cultural excursions, including local health facilities, a coffee plantation, a national park & more!

Eligibility: UofSC undergraduate students with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to participate in this program. All majors are welcome. There is no foreign language requirement, except for those interested in the SPAN 360 course.

Cost: To be determined. The 2020 program fee was $3,700 but this program fee is subject to change. 

Dates: May 7-28 (tentative)

*This program will move forward as planned, pending any changes due to COVID-19 and the global pandemic. There is a possibility for an amended virtual Maymester program in lieu of an in-person program if the COVID-19 situation does not allow us to travel to Costa Rica safely and securely.*

The program fee includes:

- Homestay accommodation

- Two meals per day, provided by host family

- Excursions

- Visits to local clinics and hospitals

- Welcome and farewell dinners

- Round-trip airport transfers in Costa Rica

- Housekeeping service once per week

- 24/7 support from UofSC faculty in country

The program fee does not include:

- UofSC tuition (paid directly to UofSC on at a rate of $1,536 per 3 credits)

- Study abroad application fee of $150

- Exit visa fee

- Round trip airfare

- Local transportation (if needed)

- Overseas emergency medical insurance

- Meals not listed on itinerary

- Personal expenses and optional activities

Students have the choice of 3–9 credits of UofSC course offerings. Anticipated course offerings include:

EPID 410: Principles of Epidemiology (Myriam Torres) Introduction to descriptive and analytical epidemiology. Topics will include the distribution and determinants of disease, surveillance, outbreak investigations, measures of association, screening tests, bias, and causal reasoning.

EPID 700: Introduction to Epidemiology (Myriam Torres) Graduate level course designed to introduce students to the discipline of epidemiology and its application to public health issues and practice. Students will apply the concepts of epidemiology while working with a database for the Hogar Geriátrico Carlos María Ulloa, a nursing home in San José. Undergraduate students may participate with instructor permission..

HPEB 470: Principles of Global Health (Edena Guimaraes) Designed to examine major global health topics and approaches used in governmental, non-governmental and donor agencies and international institutions to improve health in low and middle income countries. Students will analyze and generate intervention strategies to combat health issues in various country settings.

PUBH 302: Introduction to Public Health (Edena Guimaraes) A survey course designed to introduce students to relevant public health topics. The course will provide an overview of public health with an emphasis on the population perspective and the cross-cutting and ecological nature of public health. The course will provide students with a historical perspective of public health, an understanding of basic epidemiological concepts, and an introduction to disease control and health promotion tools.

SPAN 360: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (Ana Cueto) An advanced course, taught in Spanish, for those interested in health professions. Students will be taught functional and lexical language, cultural information and etiquette and protocol necessary to interact with Spanish speakers. To enroll, students must have completed SPAN 122 or equivalent.

Various funding opportunities exist for this provider. Please note the terms eligible listed for each:

  • Beyond Boundaries: The Beyond Boundaries Award is a financial award of $1500 or more to be used to help fund a credit-bearing Maymester/summer study abroad experience. The goal of this award is to help students with high financial need make an overseas experience possible.
  • Carolina Global Study Award: All USC students participating in semester, academic year, or summer programs are eligible to compete for this award. The number of awards available varies from year to year. The goal of this award is to help provide a study abroad experience for students with financial need. 
  • Passport Travel Grant: The Passport Travel Grant is a financial award of up to $2000 to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience for Capstone, Honors, and Top Scholar students. 

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

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