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  • Locations: Grecia, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Overview

STFL Costa Rica Cap

This program offers a two week course of cultural and Spanish language immersion for social workers in Costa Rica (course A) with an optional extended stay for independent study and volunteer experience (Course B). The course is designed for graduate students, but is available to Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) students with consent of instructor and the BSW Program Director. To learn more about course options, please see below:

Course A (Required):
The Cultural and Spanish Language Immersion for Social Workers class is a two-week course offered with home stays in Grecia, Costa Rica. The academic content includes daily Spanish classes in the morning and afternoon lectures about Latino culture, Central American social services, and the social work profession in Costa Rica compared and contrasted with the United States. There are several field trips to various social service organizations around the central region of Costa Rica.

Course B (optional extended stay):
The optional extended stay will be available for two additional credits that students will register for as an independent study SW 505 Readings and Conference course. During this additional week, students will participate in additional Spanish classes in the morning with visits to agencies and volunteer work within the local community in the afternoons.

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Alyse Collins  
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session 
Faculty Leader Dawn Williamson, School of Social Work & Benjamin Fennimore, MSW
Travel Dates July 15 - July 29, 2018 (**Optional extension to August 12, 2018**)
Areas of Study Social Work
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes
Credits 3-5 graduate credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Bacc
  • Graduate
*Preference given to MSW students
Minimum GPA Requirements 3.00
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Interview Required

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about this program?  Join us at one of the listed informational sessions:

  • Monday, January 29th, 12pm-1pm, KMC 605

Course & Credit Information

Participants will be required to participate in pre-departure course meetings and a pre-departure orientation (exact dates and times TBD).  Additionally, participants are required to participate in a post-trip course meeting (exact date and time TBD). Participants will earn the following 3 credits of SW 514: Cultural & Spanish Language Immersion (Course A) with the option of an additional 2 credits of 505 Independent Study & volunteer Experience for those who choose to optional extended stay (Course B).

  • Course A: SW 514: Cultural & Spanish Immersion for Social Workers in Costa Rica – 3 credits
  • Course B: SW 505 Independent Study Volunteer Experience in Costa Rica – 2 credit (optional extended stay)

Daily activities for the course include morning Spanish classes and afternoon agency visits and volunteer work. Visits with agencies may include a domestic violence program, a children's shelter, and a community outreach program. Guest lectures are from the Social Work Department at the University of Costa Rica.

Program Costs

Course Tuition and Fees Additional Estimated Costs Total Estimated Costs
Option A (3 credits) $2,530 $1,929 $4,459
Option B (2 additional credits) $2,450 $450 $2,900
Both Options A + B $4,980 $2,379 $7,359


PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Tuition and Fees Include:

  • Instruction for 3-5 credits
  • Housing
  • Most meals
  • Local Transportation
  • Entrance fees for course related excursions
  • International Health Insurance
  • Education Abroad Service Fee

Estimated Additional Costs Include:

  • International roundtrip airfare
  • Additional meals
  • Personal spending money
  • Passport/visa

Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged an additional PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees. A non-refundable $50 application fee is required of all applications.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.