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Costa Rica

Dates

May 24 – June 21, 2019

Cost

$3,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Costa Rica offers students a challenging academic experience with travel through breathtaking scenery, immense biodiversity, culturally immersive homestays, and a variety of unique excursions. The program begins at Arenal Volcano and ends in the capital of San José. In between, students live with local families in the small towns of La Paz de San Ramón and San Marcos de Tarrazú and visit Corcovado National Park along the country’s Pacific coast. Note: Several excursions are physically strenuous and require hiking in heat and humidity.

Language Requirement: None for Anthropology courses. Optional, upper-level Spanish Topics courses.

Accommodations: Homestay, 2 people per house. A few nights in hotels or cabins, 2-4 per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria, satty.echeverria@centre.edu

 

Courses

Anthropology courses are taught in English. Spanish Topics courses are taught in Spanish. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ANTH 340 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Latin America

Dr. Jamie Shenton

This class will explore Indigenous peoples in four different Latin American locales in an effort to understand the politics of cultural representation. Groups studied will include Maya (Mexico and Guatemala), Chorotega and Boruca (Costa Rica), Warí (Brazil), and Kichwa (Ecuador).

ANTH 399 Field Methods in Ethnography

Dr. Jamie Shenton

Ethnographic fieldwork is the art of observing people, and doing what they do, in order to describe them in great detail with precision and humility. Students will hone their skills as ethnographers through hands-on, practice-based exercises in the field.

SPAN 455 Topics: Costa Rican Culture & Identity

Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria

This course examines contemporary Costa Rica, its culture, its people, their way of life and the transformations that have taken place over time. Students will learn about the diverse regions of the country and thus its geography and people . Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 455 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Latin America

Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria

This class will explore Indigenous peoples in four different Latin American locales in an effort to understand the politics of cultural representation. Groups studied will include Maya (Mexico and Guatemala), Chorotega and Boruca (Costa Rica), Warí (Brazil), and Kichwa (Ecuador). Taught in Spanish.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

San Marcos Downtown Tour

This charming, mile-high small town in the central highlands has a compact downtown and an inviting park as its heart. Window shop, sample local cuisine, or play soccer with students from the local college.

Corcovado National Park

Hike through Corcovado National Park, where you might see monkeys, a lapa roja, and many other exotic animals—you may even spot a dolphin while snorkeling! All meals come with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

Monte Copey Coffee Plantation

Costa Rica’s coffee is world-renowned. We’ll tour a large industrial processing facility and a family coffee plantation that has received national awards. Bring some colones if you want to take any home!

La Danta Waterfall

A local guide leads us on a hike through his private land to a beautiful cascade tumbling out of the cloud forest into a crystal-clear pool several hundred feet below. The hike is long and strenuous, but bring your swimsuit!

Trapiche

Trapiches, or sugarcane processing plants, dot the Costa Rican countryside and are deeply integrated into the national and local economies. Learn about Costa Rican history as you see each step of the process—and taste the sweet results!

Arenal Volcano Tour

We lodge at a comfortable resort and hike to one of the country’s most active volcanoes, nestled within its own national park. Optional visit to one of the many local hot springs.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,575 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Costa Rica

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), personal expenses (approx. $500 minimum) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,000- $1,100

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (any exceptions must be approved by the program director). KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

Flights to and from Costa Rica are typically the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

May 24 – June 21, 2019

Cost

$3,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Anthropology, Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2019: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Costa Rica offers students a challenging academic experience with travel through breathtaking scenery, immense biodiversity, culturally immersive homestays, and a variety of unique excursions. The program begins at Arenal Volcano and ends in the capital of San José. In between, students live with local families in the small towns of La Paz de San Ramón and San Marcos de Tarrazú and visit Corcovado National Park along the country’s Pacific coast. Note: Several excursions are physically strenuous and require hiking in heat and humidity.

Language Requirement: None for Anthropology courses. Optional, upper-level Spanish Topics courses.

Accommodations: Homestay, 2 people per house. A few nights in hotels or cabins, 2-4 per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria, satty.echeverria@centre.edu

 

Courses

Anthropology courses are taught in English. Spanish Topics courses are taught in Spanish. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ANTH 340 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Latin America

Dr. Jamie Shenton

This class will explore Indigenous peoples in four different Latin American locales in an effort to understand the politics of cultural representation. Groups studied will include Maya (Mexico and Guatemala), Chorotega and Boruca (Costa Rica), Warí (Brazil), and Kichwa (Ecuador).

ANTH 399 Field Methods in Ethnography

Dr. Jamie Shenton

Ethnographic fieldwork is the art of observing people, and doing what they do, in order to describe them in great detail with precision and humility. Students will hone their skills as ethnographers through hands-on, practice-based exercises in the field.

SPAN 455 Topics: Costa Rican Culture & Identity

Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria

This course examines contemporary Costa Rica, its culture, its people, their way of life and the transformations that have taken place over time. Students will learn about the diverse regions of the country and thus its geography and people . Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 455 Topics: Peoples & Cultures of Latin America

Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria

This class will explore Indigenous peoples in four different Latin American locales in an effort to understand the politics of cultural representation. Groups studied will include Maya (Mexico and Guatemala), Chorotega and Boruca (Costa Rica), Warí (Brazil), and Kichwa (Ecuador). Taught in Spanish.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

San Marcos Downtown Tour

This charming, mile-high small town in the central highlands has a compact downtown and an inviting park as its heart. Window shop, sample local cuisine, or play soccer with students from the local college.

Corcovado National Park

Hike through Corcovado National Park, where you might see monkeys, a lapa roja, and many other exotic animals—you may even spot a dolphin while snorkeling! All meals come with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

Monte Copey Coffee Plantation

Costa Rica’s coffee is world-renowned. We’ll tour a large industrial processing facility and a family coffee plantation that has received national awards. Bring some colones if you want to take any home!

La Danta Waterfall

A local guide leads us on a hike through his private land to a beautiful cascade tumbling out of the cloud forest into a crystal-clear pool several hundred feet below. The hike is long and strenuous, but bring your swimsuit!

Trapiche

Trapiches, or sugarcane processing plants, dot the Costa Rican countryside and are deeply integrated into the national and local economies. Learn about Costa Rican history as you see each step of the process—and taste the sweet results!

Arenal Volcano Tour

We lodge at a comfortable resort and hike to one of the country’s most active volcanoes, nestled within its own national park. Optional visit to one of the many local hot springs.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,575 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Costa Rica

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), personal expenses (approx. $500 minimum) and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,000- $1,100

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (any exceptions must be approved by the program director). KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

Flights to and from Costa Rica are typically the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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