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STFL Costa Rica CapProgram Overview

This capstone provides an opportunity to learn about Costa Rica and immerse yourself in the culture. The course includes an 18 day service-learning experience in the city of Turrialba, Costa Rica. In Turrialba, you will learn through service in a community-based setting such as a school, organic farm or social service agency. Late afternoons will be spent studying Spanish and critically reflecting on social, political, economic and environmental issues in Costa Rica. Educational field trips to other parts of Costa Rica will be scheduled during the weekends.

Students will be at their service-learning sites for about 6 hours each weekday morning during our time in Costa Rica. Service site groups are formed in advance of the trip and generally consist of 2-4 students per site with a strong Spanish speaker in each group. The nature of the service varies from site to site. For example, some students engage in organic farming activities, some students teach English in public school settings, and some students care for children (play/tutoring activities) at a public orphanage. Sites may change slightly from year to year.  Through their interaction with Costa Rican nationals, activities at their service sites, homestays, language lessons, and guest speakers students will be able to:
  • Describe key aspects of Costa Rican culture and history (communication, critical thinking)
  • Explain the historic relationship between the US and Costa Rica (critical thinking, social and ethical responsibility)
  • Discuss and analyze current political, economic, social and environmental trends in Costa Rica (critical thinking, communication)
  • Describe the broad spectrum of human diversity in Costa Rica (diversity, communication)
  • Discuss the ethical dimensions of tourism and service in a cross-cultural setting (social and ethical responsibility)

Fact Sheet

Education Abroad Advisor Rachel Landers  
Get Started Attend an Ed Abroad 101 Session
Faculty Leader Celine Fitzmaurice
Travel Dates August 17 - September 3, 2018
Areas of Study
  • Anthropology
  • Capstone
  • Chicano Studies
  • Child & Family Studies
  • Community Development
  • Community Health Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Women's Studies
  • World Languages & Literatures 
Required Pre-Departure Meetings Yes
Credits 6 undergraduate Capstone credits
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
Minimum GPA Requirements No minimum, but preference may be given to students with a GPA of 2.75 and higher.
Language Requirement Preference may be given to students who have completed the equivalent of SPAN 203 and higher.
Interview An interview is required.


Information Sessions

Interested in learning more? Join us at one of the following information sessions:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17th, 12pm-1pm, KMC 605
  • Thursday, Feb. 1st, 12pm-1pm, KMC 610-C

Course Information

Participants will meet for 3 pre-trip sessions during Spring Term. Pre-trip sessions include introductions, course overview, and reflection about Costa Rica and cross-cultural experiences. Pre-trip session dates, times, and locations (on campus) TBD.

  • UNST 421: Costa Rica Capstone - 6 Credits

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees Additional Estimated Costs Total Estimated Costs
$4,275 $1,129 $5,404


Scholarships 

PSU Education Abroad Scholarship Application 

Tuition & Fees Includes:

  • 6 Credits of UNST 421
  • Accommodation
  • Excursions
  • Most meals
  • Local transportation
  • International Insurance

Additional Estimated Costs Include:

  • International round trip airfare
  • Additional meals/snacks
  • 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. All applications include a $50 non-refundable application fee.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/17/2018 09/03/2018

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.