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*KIIS: Costa Rica (Summer)
Bahia Drake, Costa Rica; La Fortuna, Costa Rica; La Paz, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Marcos de Tarrazu, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
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Glossary entry for program parameter 10006Number of Credits:
Glossary entry for program parameter 10008Credit Type:
Glossary entry for program parameter 10013Field of Study:
|EDUCATION, HEALTH EDUCATION, LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, SPANISH||
Glossary entry for program parameter 10004Minimum GPA:
|Program Catagory:||WKU Partner Program||
Glossary entry for program parameter 10016Faculty/Program Leader(s):
|Costley, Willie, Early, Sherry, Luebbers, Julie|
|Colonnade Credit:||Yes||Class Eligibility:||1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior|
Experience Costa Rica
Costa Rica offers students a challenging academic travel through breathtaking scenery, stirring cultural immersion, immense biodiversity, and a variety of exhilarating events. Through classroom activities and excursions, students have the opportunity to walk in tropical rainforest canopies, visit coffee plantations and hike along the gorgeous beaches of Costa Rica.
The program begins at the Arenal Volcano and then moves San Marcos de Tarrazu where students meet their host families. KIIS Costa Rica continues with a four day visit to the beaches of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. This area is home to monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws, iguanas, turtles and dolphins. The program continues in the rural town of Colorado with a trip to an organic farm, school visits, palm plantations and a day on Zancudo Beach. Finally, the program ends in the Central Valley in the nation's capital city of San Jose.
EDU 400 Topics: Community-Based Learning - Costa Rica
EDU 400 Topics: Socially Responsible Leadership
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II*
SPAN 200 Latin American Society: Past & Present
SPAN 455 Topics: Independent Explorations in Education, Health & the Environment
NOTE: EDU 400 & SPAN 200 courses are taught in English. SPAN 102 & 455 are taught in Spanish.
*Fulfills the Colonnade language proficiency requirement of attained a novice-high proficiency level
For course descriptions, click here.
Students stay with two different host families while studying in Costa Rica (one in San Marcos in the center of the country and another in Colorado in the south). During the homestays, the family provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a place to do laundry.
Living with a host family helps you understand Costa Rican culture, practice your Spanish and make friends. Each family has gone through a selection process to ensure that they fit student needs. Many families have hosted students before. Living with a family is also a terrific way to learn about Costa Rican cuisine and family life. The group also spends some nights in hotels and hostels as the group travels from one area in Costa Rica to another.