Dates: May mini semester (last two weeks of May between Spring commencement and the beginning of summer session 1).
Where: Costa Rica - Osa Peninsula region (including Drake Bay and Rincon) and San Jose
Cost: trip fee is $1,600 (plus tuition for the course)
Deadline to Apply: March
EDP5393 - Cultural Issues with Children and Families
This is a graduate level study abroad opportunity. Experiences include: visits to local public/private schools (urban and rural) and other social agencies, research opportunities (coordinated with professors at Univ. of CR and UNA), and cultural exchanges with Costa Rican children, families and college students at UCR and UNA. The first week is spent in the rainforest region of the far south (Osa Peninsula) allowing for an in-depth exposure to the culture and life in this region. The second week is spent in San Jose allowing for a comparison of regional differences. We also enjoy the CR culture via locally guided hikes in the rainforest, zip-lining, joining in a local environmental education project, lectures on biodiversity by a field biologist in Osa, a visit to a local indigenous reservation, beach excursions and a variety of other experiences that offer a unique and rare view of the culture.
EDP5393 is a graduate course designed for graduate students in various social science fields of study. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture and interact within the Costa Rican education and social system. The range of academic/professional and personal growing experiences makes this study abroad opportunity attractive to many graduate majors in the social sciences. Graduate students representing these various disciplines/majors have been represented in past trips: Educational Psychology, Social Work, Curriculum & Instruction, and Health, Human Performance. While fluency in Spanish is always welcomed, it is not a requirement for this course. On the weekends, students are given the opportunity to select a variety of excursion choices.