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Health Care in Latin America ICDS
Health Care in Latin America ICDS


This intensive quarter program focusing on health consists of the following courses "Health Care Systems in Latin America," "Health and Vulnerable Populations, Economics of Health Care Systems," and "Spanish for Health Sciences." ICDS’ partner for its programs in the area of health is Hospital Clínica Bíblica, the largest and technologically more advanced private hospital in Costa Rica, with international accreditation by the Joint Commission International and the only one in Central America and the Caribbean to obtain the distinction of being ranked first in Patient Rights.

Advanced Spanish speakers participating also have the chance to have clinical rotations at Hospital Clínica Bíblica during the length of the program! Beginners and lower intermediate speakers will do community work at the welfare services.

Home-stays, fieldtrips, and cultural activities offered!

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based on 4 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 7.5
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 7.5
  • Safety 7.3
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Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica, Study Abroad

My experience in Costa Rica through the ICDS program was a life-changing journey. The classes were useful and relatable, and the trips we took were breath-taking. I refined my Spanish and was encouraged to speak Spanish everywhere possible. The food was AMAZING, and everyone within the program and the country was talkative and friendly. Prior to the program, I was deciding whether I should have applied to Costa Rica or a Spain program, but I decided on Costa Rica because of my interest in underrepresentation in third-world countries, as well as the nature, and both of those interests were sufficed. I would recommend studying abroad to everyone interested in traveling, but I recommend the ICDS Costa Rica program to anyone interested in an immersive, picturesque experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I would ask about the safety of some neighborhoods. We were not properly informed about the safety of some areas.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Be Wary of This Program!

To start off, I would recommend the program itself, but not this staff. The staff for the ICDS program were not very helpful and were abrasive or harsh with students at times. They are also highly unorganized. I am not the only one in my program (out of nineteen students) who has felt like this. After talking to many of my fellow students, a lot of us felt uncomfortable with the staff because they would be harsh or critical of questions we would ask them. The "counselor" would become heated at times which I find as unprofessional. The staff would be critical if a student makes ANY sort of mistake. We are human. We are prone to error. There was not one moment where I felt completely comfortable with the staff. When having trouble with my host family situation a few days after the program ended, the staff offered no help whatsoever and wanted to have "clean hands" away from the situation. This is very stressful for a student abroad since we are alone. The staff wants to maintain a good face but is deteriorating from the inside. Although the program itself was fun, you cannot depend on the ICDS staff. Please be wary.

What would you improve about this program?
The professional aspect of the staff. There was nothing professional about them when problems arose.
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Yes, I recommend this program


I studied abroad through ICDS for 3 months in Costa Rica and it was one, if not, the best experience abroad I have had. The people and vibes are always very laid back and supportive. I got to experience first-hand how Costa Ricans employ solidarity in their country which was eye-opening especially for someone who lives in the US. The land is amazing and very attractive and easily accessible! The staff and admin from ICDS were very resourceful in helping us prepare and schedule traveling, as well as, getting accustomed to the culture. Additionally, ICDS worked hard to help us explore different locations such as Nicaragua!! I also got to make new friends and connections because of the many diverse students that ICDS recruits. Being in Costa Rica reminded me that, after school, there is a whole world waiting for me to explore it. I definitely plan on going back to Costa

What would you improve about this program?
Allow participants to have more class interactions with Costa Ricans.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Time to Truly Blossom!

Prior to this program, I had traveled extensively, however, it was always with family. This was the first time I traveled alone for a large portion of time. I noticed that going abroad on my own allowed me to personally grow. When I returned home, I became so much more independent, responsible, RELAXED (which is a huge success given how stressed I was before), and appreciative of everything, especially family and friends.
Just that experience of personal development made the trip worth it for me. However, the sights I saw, adventures I experienced, and the information I learned about Costa Rica made it that much more incredible. I mean, come on, I saw sloths, ziplined across a huge cloud reserve, and Gallo pinto everyday (some people get tired of rice and beans but not me!). And the homestay was another way to fully integrate into the culture and get to know some nice locals.
I have to be honest, I was itching to get as the time to finish got closer. But it was an absolute wonderful experience, and I recommend that everyone study abroad somewhere at least once!
Thanks ICDS for the great experience!

What would you improve about this program?
A bit more organization on the part of the stuff.


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About 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...