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Fact Sheet:
Advisor:
Cristina Sosa
Who Can Apply?:
UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study:
Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC), Economics, Education, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Latin American Studies, Natural Resource Studies, Nursing, Nutrition, Political Science, Public Health, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, Spanish, Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation, Women's Studies
Host Institution:
Institute for Central American Development Studies
Language(s) of Instruction:
Spanish
Language Prerequisite:
2 College-Level Semesters
Program Provider:
ICADS
Program Type:
Experiential Learning, Internship (Full), US/Int'l Student Center
Housing:
Family Home Stay
In Classes With:
Mostly US Students
Minimum Class Standing:
1st Semester Sophomore
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Classification of Credits Available:
Full-Time, Internship Credits, Undergrad Research
Program Description:

Program Overview

This program begins with intensive language training and specialized seminars in history and culture, globalization issues, or literature.  Students then begin an eight week supervised internship in Costa Rica or Nicaragua.  Students may choose a research internship where they work with a professional researcher on a project of interest to them.  For those who prefer a less research-oriented focus, there is the option to work with highly trained international professionals on projects of a more applied nature, i.e., working with environmental experts, public health and medical professionals, community organizers, classroom teachers, etc.  The program gives students the opportunity to "try out" international career possibilities in a low risk, supportive environment.  There is only one student placed at each internship site in order to maximize community integration and continued intensive language learning.

Location

Students will be placed in either Costa Rica or Nicaragua (various locations).

Academics

ICADS offers a 14-week program each semester: Spring (February-May) and Fall (September-December). Each program includes a classroom and a field internship component. During each semester, students have the option of doing an internship in either Costa Rica or Nicaragua. In accordance with the program's emphasis on language as the key to in-depth understanding of the culture, the language courses are taught entirely in Spanish. In all other courses, Spanish is used as the language of instruction to the fullest extent possible and students may elect to write their papers in either Spanish or English.

Living Arrangements

Each student will live with either a Costa Rican or Nicaraguan family. Family placements are supervised by housing coordinators in each country. As an integral part of the program, the home stay experience facilitates language learning and active participation in the culture and society of the host country.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.
Summer 2018 05/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
NOTE: Please check the partner program website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above is the date when UMass materials, signature documents, and questionnaires need to be handed in or completed. If the program start and end dates read "TBA," consult the program's website or your IPO advisor.
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.