Program Details

Hands on programs for progressive minds! In ICADS' semester-long Field Program, students gain research experience in both the natural sciences (forest ecology, agro-ecology, soil sciences) and social sciences (sociology, anthropology, history, economics
Location:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
Field research combining both social sciences and natural sciences. A culminating individual research project, designed and carried out by each student. Intensive Spanish classes and an introductory course to Latin American perspectives on social justice and sustainable development. Exposure to pioneers in the field of sustainable development in Costa Rica. Forming real connections with real Costa Ricans. True immersion in the language and culture through wonderful host families.

Hands on programs for progressive minds! In ICADS' semester-long Field Program, students gain research experience in both the natural sciences (forest ecology, agro-ecology, soil sciences) and social sciences (sociology, anthropology, history, economics) while learning to address environmental issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students are provided with the analytic tools and research expertise to make meaningful contributions to ongoing work in the area of “sustainable development,” with the recognition that workable solutions to environmental conflicts can only come from an understanding of the intersection between community needs, ecosystem dynamics, and political-economic systems.

The ICADS fee includes airport pick-up, classes, books, room and partial board (breakfast and dinner), all room and board during Block II and III, laundry service, computer and lab fees, a weeklong group trip to Nicaragua, and all course travel (excluding visa related fees). Student financial aid often transfers for ICADS programs. Contact ICADS for further information.
Setting Description:
Students begin the semester in San Jose, where during "Block I" they take Spanish classes and an introductory course on different topics in social and natural sciences through related readings, guest speakers, and field trips, as well as fieldwork on urban issues. One week of Block I is spent in Nicaragua where students are able to see first hand the current economic and political conditions in Nicaragua, and are challenged to compare and contrast its reality with neighboring Costa Rica. After this 5 week block, the next four weeks are spent carrying out brief social and ecological research projects while living and traveling together primarily in rural communities throughout Costa Rica. In the final 5 week block of the program, students return to one of the previously visited field sites to conduct in-depth research on a topic of their choice.
Cost:
See website for program costs.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
ICADS MERIT SCHOLARSHIP: ICADS provides 2 $500 scholarships per semester for semester program participants on a merit basis. Applicants must demonstrate a high level of engagement and understanding of international issues and/or civic involvement.

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