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Study Abroad Office

  • San Jose, Costa Rica

Global UofSC in Costa Rica: Global Health

This program provides students a unique opportunity to gain UofSC course credits while learning about health and culture in San José. 

Program Description

Students participating in the Global UofSC in Costa Rica: Global Health program are accompanied by a UofSC Study Abroad Office staff member, and courses are instructed by UofSC faculty. Students have the chance to explore San José and immerse themselves in Costa Rican culture while living in a homestay. In addition to taking courses, students participate in educational and cultural excursions, including local health facilities, a coffee plantation, a national park and a volcano. An optional, for-credit week-long service learning program is available for students to add at the end of the UofSC in Costa Rica program.


San José, Costa Rica


May 8-29, 2020



*Cost breakdown below

Eligibility Requirements

UofSC students with a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to participate in this program. All majors are welcome. There is no foreign language requirement, except for those students interested in SPAN 360.

Courses & Credits

Students have the choice of 3–9 credits of UofSC course offerings. Anticipated course offerings include:

EPID 410: Principles of Epidemiology (Myriam Torres) Introduction to descriptive and analytical epidemiology. Topics will include the distribution and determinants of disease, surveillance, outbreak investigations, measures of association, screening tests, bias, and causal reasoning.

EPID 700: Introduction to Epidemiology (Myriam Torres) Graduate level course designed to introduce students to the discipline of epidemiology and its application to public health issues and practice. Students will apply the concepts of epidemiology while working with a database for the Hogar Geriátrico Carlos María Ulloa, a nursing home in San José. Undergraduate students may participate with instructor permission..

HPEB 470: Principles of Global Health (Edena Guimaraes) Designed to examine major global health topics and approaches used in governmental, non-governmental and donor agencies and international institutions to improve health in low and middle income countries. Students will analyze and generate intervention strategies to combat health issues in various country settings.

PUBH 302: Introduction to Public Health (Edena Guimaraes) A survey course designed to introduce students to relevant public health topics.  The course will provide an overview of public health with an emphasis on the population perspective and the cross-cutting and ecological nature of public health. The course will provide students with a historical perspective of public health, an understanding of basic epidemiological concepts, and an introduction to disease control and health promotion tools.

SPAN 360: Spanish for Healthcare Professionals (Ana Cueto) An advanced course, taught in Spanish, for those interested in health professions. Students will be taught functional and lexical language, cultural information and etiquette and protocol necessary to interact with Spanish speakers. To enroll, students must have completed SPAN 122 or equivalent.

Cost Breakdown

The program fee of $3,700 includes:

  • Homestay accommodation
  • Two meals per day, provided by host family
  • Excursions
  • Visits to local clinics and hospitals
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Round-trip airport transfers in Costa Rica
  • Overseas emergency medical insurance
  • Housekeeping service once per week
  • 24/7 support from UofSC faculty and staff in-country

The program fee does not include:

  • UofSC tuition (paid directly to UofSC on at a rate of $1,536 per 3 credits)
  • Study abroad application fee of $150
  • Exit visa fee
  • Round trip airfare
  • Local transportation (if needed)
  • Meals not listed on itinerary
  • Personal expenses and optional activities

Application Information

To apply for the Global UofSC in Costa Rica program, please follow the instructions found on the Apply to Study Abroad page, under the Steps to Study Abroad tab of the Study Abroad Office website, Click on the link for Global UofSC programs and follow the instructions for the Global UofSC in Costa Rica program. Complete applications are due to the Education Abroad Office by March 1st. Students will be notified of their acceptance by email shortly after the deadline.

For More Information

Contact Taylor Armstrong

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