International Center for Development Studies (ICDS)
83% Rating
(10 Reviews)

International Center for Development Studies (ICDS)

The International Center for Development Studies is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. ICDS has partnered up with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (ULatina) to offer a handful of technical and educational programs that simultaneously provide the highest level of circumstances for students to learn or perfect their Spanish language skills while taking courses on Central & Latin American cultural, environmental, and developmental issues.

Students stay with carefully selected host families as a guest in their homes to provide a true cultural immersion experience along with the added opportunity to further their Spanish language proficiency. Service-learning opportunities are also available in conjunction with ICDS' academic programs. Check out some of ICDS' amazing programs below to see which one is right for you!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Sasha
Female
24 years old
Boston, MA
George Washington University

Interesting Topics but Was Never Challenged By a Class

5/10

The program was not very challenging, as each week-long class consisted of creating power point presentations and then presenting them.
Professors were very intelligent and knowledgeable but did not do much more than lecture.

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Janine
Female
24 years old
Boston, MA
Northeastern University

Great Experience

9/10

Overall, ICDS is a great academic abroad program. The housing is through host families within the community and my host family was fantastic. My host mom has been extremely patient and helpful with my Spanish and her food is delicious. You get a taste of the real culture living with a Costa Rican family.
The academic portion is average, I enjoyed my classes although they seemed to overlap a bit. ICDS does an excellent job of planning staff led field trips for the weekends. The site visits through ICDS were wonderful.
One of my critiques is the cost and vague presentation of the required student visa. I had to budget an addition $500 that was not included in the program fee.
Overall, I have had a great experience with ICDS and four months in Costa Rica is amazing in itself!

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camoglitter
Female
24 years old
Moorhead, Minnesota
Concordia College- Moorhead

La Pura Vida has different meanings

9/10

I live in a home stay close to the University. My family here is wonderful and always help me with my Spanish and always make me feel welcome in the every day conversations.
Not having class on Fridays has been a real benefit to living in a foreign country. This gives me a chance to explore this unknown country. With this day off, I am able to go places other than just outside my neighborhood and experience other ways of life and the various culture around the country.
The only real difficulties I encounter are minimal. When I first arrived, I could not accurately portray what I was feeling due to the language barrier. But through time and through Spanish classes and the help of my host parents, I am more confident in my language skills. The other difficulty I have encountered are the never ending cat-calls from the local men. In all honesty, I know I need to just get used to it, but it can be difficult at times.
The main thing to remember is, continue speaking no matter how difficult it may be. Take advantage of this beautiful country and all it has to offer. Get to know the people and don't be afraid to try new things. Especially the food!

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