Located in Costa Rica, ICDS is an applied research center which is dedicated to promoting sustainable human development. Equally important to class time, ICDS provides varied experiential and service-learning opportunities as a complement to its academic programs.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Official Transcript
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These will be required after acceptance.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Other : Completion of basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Fall 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students need to take 12-16 credits be considered full-time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (International Center for Development Studies:Northeastern)Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program
ICDS’s Fall and Spring semester programs give students a variety of course offerings to customize their study abroad experience in accordance with their interests, preferences, or academic requirements.Students will take a Spanish language course and ¨Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service- Learning Course,¨ the latter consisting of community work complemented with reflection spaces in the classroom. This program allows students to choose three elective courses, allowing them to focus on human rights/social justice, environment/sustainability, or a combination of the two.

The Human Rights/Social Justice elective courses allow students to acquire in-depth knowledge on the evolution of justice and human rights in Latin America. The program takes a multi-level approach by looking at the historical, political, and legal evolution of human rights thought and practice in Latin America, and the existing institutional protection framework. Students are encouraged to engage in policy discussion aimed at seeking creative means to strengthen the human rights system and to ensure its ability to respond to the needs of Latin American societies. The methodology of the program is based on case studies and first-hand experiences of human rights scholars and practitioners. The Inter-American Human Rights Commission, the Inter-American Human Rights Court, and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights are all located in Costa Rica.

The Environment/Sustainability courses explore the challenges that Latin American countries face to secure the sustainability of their development. The concept of sustainability adopted for these courses is multidimensional, and the relationships of the non-environmental dimensions (i.e., economic, social, political and cultural) to the environment are analyzed. The spatial aspect of development is also studied, as well as the impact of tourism on conservation and local development. The use of case studies, policy discussion and field trips enable students to assess the efforts carried out by different stakeholders in the quest for sustainability and development in Latin America.

 

Required Courses
  • HUSV1990 - Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service-Learning Course : Community Engagement and Local Development is a course based on service-learning as a pedagogic methodology that prepares college graduates to be active, informed global citizens. This is a credit bearing educational experience that provides students with the opportunity to participate in community work complemented with reflection spaces that open the possibility of making the proper connections with personal values and course contents: social justice, intercultural understanding, sustainability, global citizenship and civic responsibility. The community work takes place in the context of local human development processes, mainly in urban Costa Rica.
  • SPNS1101 - Spanish Language : During the first week of classes, students will complete a Spanish placement exam, according to which they will be placed in the appropriate level Spanish class. Brief descriptions of ICDS’ Spanish course levels are below.
Elective Courses
  • Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica
  • Current Environmental Issues in Latin America
  • Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives
  • Sustainable Tourism and Local Development
  • Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective
  • Human Rights in Latin America: A Critical Approach
  • Democracy in Central America: An Ongoing Question
  • Latin America: A Mirror of Reality Through Film
  • Literatura Centroamericana (Taught in Spanish)
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 16 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than four courses (or 16 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

    Students participating in Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica will be charged for five courses (or 20 credits) and will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2018
  • Deadline: October 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Official Transcript
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These will be required after acceptance.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Other: Completion of Basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits. Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.

Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program (Mid January – Mid April)
ICDS’s Fall and Spring semester programs give students a variety of course offerings to customize their study abroad experience in accordance with their interests, preferences, or academic requirements.Students will take a Spanish language course and ¨Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service- Learning Course,¨ the latter consisting of community work complemented with reflection spaces in the classroom. This program allows students to choose three elective courses, allowing them to focus on human rights/social justice, environment/sustainability, or a combination of the two.

The Human Rights/Social Justice elective courses allow students to acquire in-depth knowledge on the evolution of justice and human rights in Latin America. The program takes a multi-level approach by looking at the historical, political, and legal evolution of human rights thought and practice in Latin America, and the existing institutional protection framework. Students are encouraged to engage in policy discussion aimed at seeking creative means to strengthen the human rights system and to ensure its ability to respond to the needs of Latin American societies. The methodology of the program is based on case studies and first-hand experiences of human rights scholars and practitioners. The Inter-American Human Rights Commission, the Inter-American Human Rights Court, and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights are all located in Costa Rica.

The Environment/Sustainability courses explore the challenges that Latin American countries face to secure the sustainability of their development. The concept of sustainability adopted for these courses is multidimensional, and the relationships of the non-environmental dimensions (i.e., economic, social, political and cultural) to the environment are analyzed. The spatial aspect of development is also studied, as well as the impact of tourism on conservation and local development. The use of case studies, policy discussion and field trips enable students to assess the efforts carried out by different stakeholders in the quest for sustainability and development in Latin America.

Effective Spring 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students need to take 12-16 credits be considered full-time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (International Center for Development Studies:Northeastern)Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.
Required Courses
  • HUSV1990 - Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development: A Service-Learning Course : Community Engagement and Local Development is a course based on service-learning as a pedagogic methodology that prepares college graduates to be active, informed global citizens. This is a credit bearing educational experience that provides students with the opportunity to participate in community work complemented with reflection spaces that open the possibility of making the proper connections with personal values and course contents: social justice, intercultural understanding, sustainability, global citizenship and civic responsibility. The community work takes place in the context of local human development processes, mainly in urban Costa Rica.
  • SPNS1101 - Spanish Language : During the first week of classes, students will complete a Spanish placement exam, according to which they will be placed in the appropriate level Spanish class. Brief descriptions of ICDS’ Spanish course levels are below.
Elective Courses
  • Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica
  • Current Environmental Issues in Latin America
  • Rural and Urban Sustainable Development: Global and Local Perspectives
  • Sustainable Tourism and Local Development
  • Development in Latin America from a Gender Perspective
  • Human Rights in Latin America: A Critical Approach
  • Democracy in Central America: An Ongoing Question
  • Latin America: A Mirror of Reality Through Film
  • Literatura Centroamericana (Taught In Spanish)
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed this range. If a course load exceeds this then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Student Financial Service’s website.

    Students participating in Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica will be charged for five courses (or 20 credits) and will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program : Acquire in-depth knowledge on sustainable development through a variety of courses on sustainability, the environment, and human rights. The program includes a service-learning core course with two weekly sessions of community work, as well as a trip to a neighboring country for contrast purposes.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Official Transcript
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These will be required after acceptance.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Requirement in Spanish Courses: Completion of basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Summer 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students need to take 8 credits to be considered full-time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (International Center for Development Studies:Northeastern)Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Spanish and Community Engagement in Costa Rica

ICDS and Universidad Latina de Costa Rica offer a six-week service-learning program with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.  This is an intensive Spanish instruction program, complemented by community work, field trips, and cultural activities which are integrated into the language course.

 

 

Course Offerings
  • Spanish Nivel Básico II
  • Spanish Niver Intermedio I
  • Spanish Nivel Intermedio II
  • Spanish Nivel Avanzado I
  • Spanish Nivel Avanzado II, Conversación Avanzada
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 8 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than two courses (or 8 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2018
  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: a copy of ID page of government issued passport.
Submit to Host University
  • Host Application: In addition to the GEO application, all applicants must complete the host institution or program’s application.
  • Official Transcript
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These will be required after acceptance.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Semesters: Minimum of 2 completed Northeastern semesters at the time of program start date. NUin students are eligible to apply during their first semester on the Boston campus. Transfer and Global Pathways students contact GEO program coordinator for eligibility.
Other Requirements
  • Requirement 1 : Completion of basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent
  • Requirement 2: For clinical reasons: complete oral and written test to verify Spanish proficiency

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

Effective Summer 2018 Semester, Northeastern students will follow a new credit conversion scale, as outlined below:

  • Students need to take 8 credits to be considered full-time
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (International Center for Development Studies:Northeastern)Each international host university has its own credit system. You should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

1)Spanish and Health in Latin America (Late June – Early August)
ICDS, in partnership with Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers this program to provide university students in the area of health with the necessary language proficiency to enable them to work and interact with Spanish speaking patients and their families, as well as with colleagues in a Spanish-speaking environment. The program consists of two components: linguistic and topical. The topical content of the program, taught in English, discusses the most relevant aspects of the health care system in Costa Rica through workshops, conferences, exercises, site visits to clinics, hospitals, and other related sites. The linguistic component of the program facilitates students´ development of vocabulary in the health and medical field, with the general objective of training students to speak fluently in Spanish, preparing them to interview patients, complete patients’ files, elaborate medical reports, read texts of medical relevance effectively.

2)Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica ( First 3 weeks in August)

The course “Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica” is an elective course option of ICDS’ Fall semester program “Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program,” and is to be completed during three weeks in August or January, prior to the start of ICDS’ Fall and Spring  semester. This is an option for Northeastern students, but not a required part of the semester program. Students that enroll in this program will transfer back five courses to Northeastern and incur an overload fee.

This course, offered by the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in conjunction with Finca La Flor –an agro-ecological farm located in Cartago, Costa Rica– provides students in the areas of Environmental and Sustainability Studies with an opportunity for a first-hand practical experience in the field of environment, ecology, and food security in Costa Rica.  The course focuses on water management, forest ecosystems, permaculture, animal husbandry, as well as organic agriculture and food security policies and practices at Finca La Flor.

The course consists of a total of ninety contact hours to be dedicated to both, the  study of relevant concepts to better understand Finca La Flor’s sustainability practices, and actual work at the farm in accordance with the farm’s needs.

 

Course Offerings (Spanish and Health in Latin America)
  • Health Care in Latin America
  • Spanish Courses (All levels, starting with Básico II)
Course Offerings (Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica)
  • "Sustainability Practices and Food Security in Rural Costa Rica"
Evaluated Courses

All courses taken abroad must successfully be evaluated through the course equivalency process. To review the course equivalencies process and database please click here.

Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Course Approval Form
Students must confirm their study abroad courses and corresponding Northeastern equivalents with their academic advisors for approval, using the online course approval process. This is located on myNortheastern within Services & Links, under Experiential Learning/Co-op, labeled Global Experiences/Study Abroad Course Selection. Please note that only academic advisors can confirm how a Northeastern equivalent will fit into students’ degree audits, and if it will fulfill any degree requirements.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $12,140
  • Tuition covers 8 Northeastern credits. On certain programs students may be required by the host institution to enroll in a course load that could exceed 8 credits. If a student elects to transfer back more than two courses (or 8 credits), then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. 

International Security and Emergency Support Fee: $100
  • This fee covers International Security and Emergency Support.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources

Destination

Costa Rica, meaning ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, is a small mountainous country with 762 miles of coastline stretching between the Pacific and Caribbean on the narrow Central American isthmus. It is only a day’s drive from its northern border with Nicaragua to neighboring Panama in the south, and it is possible to cross ocean to ocean in only a few hours. A century of democratic stability and security testifies to the commitment of Costa Rica to peace, equity, human rights, and social solidarity. This environment presents a unique experience for students to acquire in-depth knowledge of Latin American reality while being exposed to different cultures and the ecological riches of Costa Rica. The capital city of San Jose is quite cosmopolitan, boasting several excellent museums, good restaurants, and a fine climate. It also serves as an outstanding base from which to visit the many attractions of the country.

Accommodations

Please remember that Northeastern University does not arrange accommodations for you while you are abroad – this is your responsibility. You should follow all of your host institution’s or housing provider’s procedures and deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Homestay: In order to give students the advantage of complete cultural and language immersion, the accommodation provided is homestays with carefully chosen Costa Rican families. The homestay cost includes a completely furnished private room, two meals per day, and laundry service once a week. ICDS Homestay Video

Host University or Organization

ICDS is a non-profit multidisciplinary academic organization and applied research center, based in Costa Rica, whose mission is to promote the sustainability of the development process of Latin America and the Caribbean. To that end, ICDS undertakes research, policy analysis, academic, and experiential education through service-learning opportunities as a complement to its programs. The Study Abroad program is offered jointly through ICDS and the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (ULatina). ULatina is the largest private university and a member of the Laureate International Universities group.

ICDS Institutional Video

ICDS Service-Learning Video

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