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Costa Rica

Dates

May 30 – June 27, 2018

Cost

$3,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Education, Leadership, Latin American Studies, Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2017: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2018: 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. Most courses taught in English. Optional, lower-intermediate Spanish and upper-level Spanish Topics course.

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

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 14 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Willie Costley

Courses

Education and Latin American Studies are taught in English. Lower-intermediate Spanish and Spanish Topics courses are taught in Spanish. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

EDU 400 Topics: Community-Based Learning - Costa Rica

Dr. Sherry Early

Graduate Credit Available

In this experiential service-learning based practicum, students will engage in Servant Leadership. Students will learn about becoming a servant leader, but also have an opportunity to self reflect, conduct service-learning activities, and make positive, purposeful change in Costa Rica.

EDU 400 Topics: Socially Responsible Leadership

Dr. Sherry Early   

Graduate Credit Available

This course will explore the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Students will not only learn about the Model, but also have an opportunity to live the model by engaging in self reflection, teambuilding activities, and make positive, purposeful change.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

Dr. Pablo Salinas

Conversational Spanish in the Costa Rican cultural context. Practice in basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on the development of communicative proficiency. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 200 Latin American Society: Past and Present

Dr. Pablo Salinas

This is a foundation course for the study of the culture and societies for students in Latin American Studies. Students registering for this interdisciplinary course may select either LAS 200, GEOG 200, HIST 200, or PS 200.

SPAN 455 Topics: Independent Explorations in Education, Health and the Environment

Dr. Willie Costley

KIIS Costa Rica offers independent studies in ESL, Education, and Public Health. Through this form of experiential learning, students integrate knowledge and theory with practical application in a professional setting abroad. This course requires proficiency 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

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) 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: $770- $870

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (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.

Student Voices

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Description

Dates

May 30 – June 27, 2018

Cost

$3,575 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Education, Leadership, Latin American Studies, Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2017: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2018: 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. Most courses taught in English. Optional, lower-intermediate Spanish and upper-level Spanish Topics course.

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

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 14 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Willie Costley

Courses

Education and Latin American Studies are taught in English. Lower-intermediate Spanish and Spanish Topics courses are taught in Spanish. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

EDU 400 Topics: Community-Based Learning - Costa Rica

Dr. Sherry Early

Graduate Credit Available

In this experiential service-learning based practicum, students will engage in Servant Leadership. Students will learn about becoming a servant leader, but also have an opportunity to self reflect, conduct service-learning activities, and make positive, purposeful change in Costa Rica.

EDU 400 Topics: Socially Responsible Leadership

Dr. Sherry Early   

Graduate Credit Available

This course will explore the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Students will not only learn about the Model, but also have an opportunity to live the model by engaging in self reflection, teambuilding activities, and make positive, purposeful change.

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

Dr. Pablo Salinas

Conversational Spanish in the Costa Rican cultural context. Practice in basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Emphasis is placed on the development of communicative proficiency. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 200 Latin American Society: Past and Present

Dr. Pablo Salinas

This is a foundation course for the study of the culture and societies for students in Latin American Studies. Students registering for this interdisciplinary course may select either LAS 200, GEOG 200, HIST 200, or PS 200.

SPAN 455 Topics: Independent Explorations in Education, Health and the Environment

Dr. Willie Costley

KIIS Costa Rica offers independent studies in ESL, Education, and Public Health. Through this form of experiential learning, students integrate knowledge and theory with practical application in a professional setting abroad. This course requires proficiency 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

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) 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: $770- $870

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (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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