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Studying in Costa Rica

This Program was last held in January of 2019.

COM3041: Special Topics: Leadership & Facilitation
COM2041: Special Topics: Team-Based Communication


  • COM2041: EDU1011/1001, WRT1011, 1000-level Communications course (or permission of instructor)
  • COM3041: EDU1011/1001, WRT1011, 1000-level Communications course PLUS three 2000-level courses at C or above (or permission of instructor)

See “Forms, Fees, and Deadlines” for additional information about program costs and financial aid/scholarships, and to apply for this program.

Primary goal: to examine the design, management, and leadership of a variety of types of teams while exploring the culture, traditions, and natural environment of Costa Rica.

  • Explore 3 distinct regions of the country:
    • Urban (San Jose)
    • Cloud Forest (Monteverde)
    • Pacific Coast Beach (Playa Samara/Nicoya Peninsula)
  • Use case studies to learn the characteristics of effective teams
  • Participate in service learning projects and engage in a wide variety of educational and nature-based activities

Special considerations:

  • Other than the homestay (which may or may not have an English speaker in the family), there should be no real language barriers.
  • Program requires the ability to walk +/- 2 miles on hilly, unpaved terrain.
  • Part of the program is housed at a university campus that is alcohol-free.

2019 Program Handbook

2019 Program Syllabi:

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