Costa Rica Semester Abroad - Credit and Courses
Courses - 15 total units
Spanish - 6 credits
Spanish classes at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels offered through a highly respected Costa Rican language school. Additional Spanish language and literature classes are available for students who are already proficient in Spanish.
Introduction to Holistic Mission in Costa Rica - 3 units
A survey and introduction of the biblical and theoretical basis for Holistic Christian mission with a special focus on the church’s ministry to the poor. In particular, this course will explore ministry responses to social, cultural, political and spiritual issues within a variety of ministry contexts. Where possible students will reflect on their own ministry experiences and consider the gospel’s impact on both individuals and society.
Peoples and Cultures of Costa Rica - 3 credits
“Pura vida” (pure life or full life) is a common phrase used in many contexts in Costa Rica. In this class students will explore the pura vida of Costa Rican culture with special attention given to the history, politics and religion of this Central American nation along with issues of race, immigration, class and family relationships that are unique to the country. Course sessions will be led by Costa Ricans with expertise in each of these areas and students will make visits to various sites of cultural significance.
International Internship in Costa Rica - 3 credits
An intensive semester long experience in which the student is fully immersed in Costa Rican culture, involved in hands-on ministry and guided by a mentor. Goal setting and journaling activities will help students engage in self-reflection and mentor evaluations will provide them with constructive feedback about their ministry skills. Internships will be supervised by qualified North American instructor. Internships can be tailored to fit the needs in a variety of majors, including social work, psychology, intercultural studies, contemporary Christian ministries, sociology, liberal studies, business and others.
“This semester has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I feel that my view of the world around me has changed, allowing me to have a greater sense of compassion for people different than myself. I have learned the beauty of letting go of control and to fully rely on God and have been blessed to experience His love through the people I have met here in Costa Rica.”
- Jennifer Little, 2014
“During my semester in Costa Rica my definition of service changed. I learned that service can mean just being present, being a heart that cares, a smile… I saw that love and service go hand-in-hand. Jesus’ gospel is service and we are called to that.”
- Katy Pacino, communications major and intercultural studies minor, 2013