|Experience Type:||Research Abroad, Study Abroad||Area of Study:||Economics, Geography, Government, International Economics, International Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish Studies|
|Course Language:||English||Housing Options:||Homestay|
|Eligibility:||2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior||Minimum GPA:||3|
|Student Type:||Undergraduate students only||Advisor:||Thomas Teague|
|Program Director:||Emily Beaulieu||UK Travel Medical Insurance:||Included in the UK Sponsored program fee|
Dates TBD - Applications will be accepted for the 2015 summer program once dates have been established!
Costa Rica was the first stable democracy in Central America and is considered a regional “success story” in terms of economic development. How has it managed these successes, can they be sustained, and what political and economic issues does Costa Rica need to address today? In this 4-week, intensive study abroad program in Costa Rica, students will earn 7 credits while learning about development and democracy and the skills needed to conduct research on these important questions. Classroom instruction will supplement extensive experiential learning as we explore economic and political centers of power in the country, and the resources that allow us to engage in social scientific research.
- Gain a first-hand understanding of the impact of politics and development in the daily lives of Costa Rican citizens.
- Analyze theories of democracy, economic development, and research design in light of in-country experience.
- Fulfill a major requirement in political science or sociology.
- Experience political science concepts like democratization and development first-hand.
- UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings.
- Undergraduate students will enroll in PS 372: Introduction to Political Analysis (3 credit hours) and PS 391: Democracy and Development (3 credit hours). Participating students who have already earned credit for PS 372 will enroll in PS 395: Independent Work (3 credit hours) and arrange for assignments and course requirements with the Program Director.
- All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
- PS 372: Introduction to Political Analysis is a required course for Political Science majors and has also been approved to fulfill the research methods requirement for Sociology majors.
Housing & Meals
- Students will live in homestays with Costa Rican families.
- Breakfast and dinner will be provided by host families. Participants will be responsible for lunch on their own.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
- Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).
Passport & Visa Requirements
- Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility, in the UK Student Center, accepts U.S. Passport applications. For more information about U.S. Passport applications please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
- U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the Costa Rican Embassy.
Travel Medical Insurance
For More Information
For additional information about this program, please contact:
- EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall.
- Dr. Emily Beaulieu, email@example.com, and Ms. Theresa Schroeder, firstname.lastname@example.org, of the Political Science department at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Beaulieu will be directing the program.
- Mr. Thomas Teague, EA Advisor, email@example.com.
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