• Costa Rica
    • San José
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Anthropology Biology Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Earth Sciences Ecology Environmental Studies Gender Studies Geography Geology Global Studies Hispanic Studies Human Rights Indigenous Cultures International Relations Latin American Studies Life Sciences Natural Sciences Peace Studies Political Science Public Health Public Policy Service Learning Social Sciences Social Work Sociology Sustainable Development Tourism Wildlife Sciences Women's Studies +20

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Host Family


What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Some Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Feb 16, 2023
Dec 04, 2019
8 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Jointly with Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, ICDS offers you the opportunity to build your own semester. Students can select their own elective courses in areas of sustainability, environment, and human rights, in addition to required Spanish language and service-learning core courses. The service-learning course includes weekly sessions of community work and provides participants a chance to learn more about local non-profits, practice their Spanish, and give back during their time in Costa Rica. All courses, with the exception of Spanish, are taught in English by ICDS' bilingual faculty.

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Program Highlights

  • Complete Spanish immersion through the local homestay program
  • Service-learning with ICDS' network of non-profit groups
  • Build you own semester from a selection of multidisciplinary elective courses
  • Organized group excursions and cultural activities
  • On-site counselling and 24/7 emergency assistance

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Yes, I recommend this program

Unique/Well-Designed Program

ICDS truly made my study abroad experience the best it could have been. A big part of why I chose this program was its focus on sustainability and community engagement, and also the component of staying with a host family. In all of these areas ICDS exceeded my expectations. They did a great job in choosing families that fit well for each student. Throughout the program, ICDS made sure we were all comfortable at our home-stays and were willing to help in any situation. By the end of the program, my host family became like a second family to me. In addition, the focus of the classes were all connected and all had a sustainable, social justice component included. The community engagement work was also something very unique to this program and something that I learned a lot from. Overall, ICDS runs a very well-thought out, organized, educational, and fun program. The people who work for ICDS are also some of the best people I’ve met and are always willing to help or just chat!

36 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Study in Costa Rica!

The opportunities that came from the ICDS program study abroad led to my most amazing experiences in Costa Rica. The different cultural activities that we got to do and the classes and service learning component of the program helped me to immerse myself into this beautiful new country. ICDS also did a really good job of picking host families for myself and the other students. I had zero complaints throughout my time in Costa Rica. The ICDS program and staff members were always available for any questions and ready to help with anything. I left Costa Rica not only with new memories and knowledge but also new friends and important people in my life. I know I can turn to ICDS members even now that my program is over. My whole experience was smooth and unforgettable in the best way thanks to ICDS.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Pack for every type of whether because you will experience a little bit of all of it in Costa Rica.
39 people found this review helpful.

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