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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Culture, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Studio Art Eligibility: TRiO Program Participant, Undergraduate
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Housing Type: Family home-stay
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits Offered: 6
Program Type: Budget Friendly Payable Amount: $350
Program Description:
Global Foundations  
San Jose, Costa Rica
July 7 - August 11, 2018
Program Description: Discover San Jose, Costa Rica this summer, and cool off from the Memphis heat! Live in a city surrounded by mountains, offering temperatures of 78 to 83 degrees on average in July. Bond with other TRiO, HAAMI, and Student Success Program (SSP) students as you participate in service learning activities and learn about the political history of Latin America. Costa Rica offers many activities for students on their free time as well, such as zip lining and traveling to beaches. With more than 800 miles of coastline and acres of beautiful rain-forests, exploration and adventure awaits you all while furthering your education. Planned excursions and cultural activities will help further your engagement into the community around you. 
Program Cost
(subject to change)
Program Cost Includes
Program Cost Does Not Include
  • $350 Application Fee
  • Tuition for 6 credit hours
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Off
  • Excursions and Cultural Activities
  • Shared Accommodation
  • 2 Meals per Day
  • International Health Insurance
  • Airfare 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunches
  • Cell Phone (Required)
Withdrawal Policy: Applicants must notify the University of Memphis Study Abroad Office of their withdrawal from the program no later than April 12, 2018. Otherwise, as of April 12, students are 100% financially committed. No refunds are available after April 12, 2018. Students who withdraw after the program Withdrawal Date are still 100% responsible for final payment, regardless of participation. Any student that leaves the program early after arriving onsite will not be granted a refund.

Course Options: All students will take the following courses, taught in English. Each course is 3 US credit hours.
Choose Courses From the Following Areas (subject to availability)
Art History
Computer Sciences
Cultural Studies
Environmental Sciences
Film Studies
Health Sciences
Political Science
Religious Studies
Studio Arts
Please Note: Photography and classes that are four credit hours are not available for the program.
Excursions & Cultural Activities: The program includes a day-trip to see how coffee is made on the Doka Coffee Tour. Students will also visit La Paz Waterfall Garden. A group lunch is provided on this day. Throughout the program, CEA will provide a variety of social and cultural activities to help students learn more about the host culture.

Optional Overnight Trip: For an additional $300, participants may add an optional overnight trip to Monteverde. The trip to includes a roundtrip coach bus transportation; hotel shared accommodations for students; breakfast; visits to the Santa Elena Wildlife Refuge and the Hanging Bridges; a chocolate tour; and a group dinner. The deadline to sign up is May 1. 

Accommodations: Students will immerse themselves into the culture by staying with host families. Students will share a bedroom with another student. The host families will provide daily breakfasts and dinners. All host families live within a 15-30 minutes walking distance from the CEA facilities. 

Study Abroad Access Initiative (SAAI): SAAI offers active members of the TRiO program an opportunity to apply for a scholarship to supplement the upfront cost of a passport and round-trip international flight associated with a UofM study abroad program.

Scholarship Opportunities: Students may qualify to apply to various scholarships to help pay their program cost. Students should consult with a study abroad advisor to learn what they are eligible to apply for and to see which financial aid they currently receive that might be able to be used towards the program cost.

See pictures of a the CEA Center, where your classes will beheld, and of a typical host family home on our Facebook Page.
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