“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.
- 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
- 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.
- Ground transportation, state excursions and entrance fees
- 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
- Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
- Optional excursions outside of the itinerary and additional meals
- Tips and gratuities
- Exit fee ($29)
$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 www.gsu.edu/studyabroad and following the payment instructions. Refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
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 www.sta-travel.com
- Find this program’s listing at www.gsu.edu/studyabroad 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 www.gsu.edu/studyabroad
- 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.
Arrival and transport to Immersion Abroad Costa Rica Center in Atenas. Meet and stay with host families.
Scavenger hunt in Atenas with local INA students. Spanish survival class. Costa Rica overview and faculty-led group meeting.
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.
Community service in capital city of San Jose and work with kids ages 4 to 10 years old on dental hygiene.
Tour San Vicente de Paul in Heredia-Public Hospital. Presentation from a physician at CIMA hospital in San Jose.
Work with INA Language Exchange students. Round table discussion with a local community public healthcare representative.
Drive to CHILAMATE Sarapiqui- North Caribe of Costa Rica. Tubing down the Amarillo River. Eco-toursim discussion on Green Washing effect in Latin America.
Hike to the southern part of Braulio Carillo National Park. Primary forest guided by the organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, www.ots.ac.cr.
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.
Meet and participate in Georgia State student-led activities with Central American nursing students. Midwife presentation on alternative pregnancy and delivery medical care.
Visit the San Jose Metropolitan Cathedral and National Museum of Culture. Shop at traditional artisans market.
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.
Present final projects with INA students.
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.
Leave from San Jose airport.