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Study Abroad

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June 15 – 29, 2014

“Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy”

Sponsored by the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions and

Immersion Abroad Costa Rica

Application deadline:  February 28, 2014

The Program – Why Study Abroad in Costa Rica?

The Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Health Policy is a great opportunity to widen your knowledge of other countries’ healthcare systems in contrast to that of the United States.  Studying in Costa Rica gives you a unique appreciation of the cultural influences on health issues both in Costa Rica and the United States.

Red-Eyed Tree FrogTopics to be addresses include:

  • the Costa Rican universal health care system and medical tourism;
  • environmental policy and ecotourism in Costa Rica and Latin America and
  • the role of health governmental organizations (NGOs).

Activities will include presentations by national and international experts, tours of health programs and facilities, roundtable discussions on health and health policy issues, student-led presentations and service learning projects.

Read a past student’s experience 


Week one (June 9 – June 13) – Atlanta

  • lectures providing the participants with a general overview of Costa Rican history,
  • basic conversational Spanish, intercultural communication skills and
  • pre-departure orientation.

Week two and three (June 15-29) – Atenas, Costa Rica and surrounding cities, including San Jose (see tentative itinerary for Costa Rican schedule)

Week four through six (July 1-21) – Atlanta

  • final projects
  • wrap-up the course.

Participants will stay with a host family identified by Immersion Abroad Costa Rica. All families are within walking distance of classes.

$2,360 PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees, and round trip airfare to and from Costa Rica. Non-resident/out-of-state students pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to program cost.

Price includes

  • Ground transportation, state excursions and entrance fees
  • Accommodations
  • Two meals per day (breakfast and lunch)
  • Wireless Internet service at the Spanish Immersion Costa Rica Cultural Center and at Internet cafes in the town of Atenas
  • Final celebration activity and certificates
  • Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Price does not include

  • Georgia State tuition and fees
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Public transportation in Atenas or San Jose
  • Passport
  • Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
  • Optional excursions outside of the itinerary and additional meals
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Exit fee ($29)

$500 deposit due immediately upon acceptance.

$930 first payment due February 21, 2014

$930 final payment due April 21, 2014

(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt.)

Pay your deposit by finding the program listing at and following the payment instructions. Refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

Georgia State students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit or call the Office of International Initiatives, Study Abroad Programs at 404-413-2529 for more information.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 404-413-2400 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.

Students have the option of purchasing an “International Student ID Card” from STA Travel, for travel discounts in participating countries. For more information, visit

  • Find this program’s listing at and begin an online application.
    (Program size is limited, so apply early). Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.
  • Transient students: see transient student page at
  • International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

The program is open to all undergraduate, graduate and transient students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State and The Lewis School. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program director.
Accepted participants will register for Selected Topics in The Lewis School – SNHP 3000, SNHP 3050 (undergraduate course) or SNHP 8050 (graduate course). Students from other institutions should follow their school regulations concerning transfer credits.
Highlights of the program are provided below. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

June 15
Arrival and transport to Immersion Abroad Costa Rica Center in Atenas. Meet and stay with host families.

June 16
Scavenger hunt in Atenas with local INA students. Spanish survival class. Costa Rica overview and faculty-led group meeting.

June 17
Visit health clinic in Atenas- Cen Cinai, a government funded early childhood health program (like WIC) and the Red Cross public ambulance service. Visit local pain clinic. University healthcare lecture with health care provider.

June 18
Community service in capital city of San Jose and work with kids ages 4 to 10 years old on dental hygiene.

June 19
Tour San Vicente de Paul in Heredia-Public Hospital. Presentation from a physician at CIMA hospital in San Jose.

June 20
Work with INA Language Exchange students. Round table discussion with a local community public healthcare representative.

June 21
Drive to CHILAMATE Sarapiqui- North Caribe of Costa Rica. Tubing down the Amarillo River. Eco-toursim discussion on Green Washing effect in Latin America.

June 22
Hike to the southern part of Braulio Carillo National Park. Primary forest guided by the organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica,

Presentation from professional nutritionist on Costa Rican eating habits, diabetes and obesity. Discussion on health and environmental issues and Costa Rica’s economy and public health. Latin dance workshop.

June 24
Meet and participate in Georgia State student-led activities with Central American nursing students. Midwife presentation on alternative pregnancy and delivery medical care.

June 25
Visit the San Jose Metropolitan Cathedral and National Museum of Culture. Shop at traditional artisans market.

June 26
Meet at the plaza Fresh Market. Leave to National Park Volcano Poas. Hike to Botos Lagoon and observe hummingbirds and flora that have adapted to acid rain exposure.

June 27
Present final projects with INA students.

June 28
Leave for Pacific Beach; optional zipline canopy tour ($40 extra); go to Herradura Beach. View native crocodiles on the Tarcoles River Bridge. Final celebration, certificates and closing discussion.

June 29
Leave from San Jose airport.