Located in Costa Rica, the International Center for Development Studies (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, 2019
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
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: E-mail a colored photocopy of your passport to your Global Experience Advisor.
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
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: You can request an official transcript via myNortheastern.
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These documents 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
  • Language: 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

Credits

  • Students need to take 12-16 Northeastern credits per semester to be full-time.
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (ICDS: Northeastern).
  • Students typically take 5 courses per semester at ICDS.
  • Course credits are typically 3 credits at ICDS.
  • If a student takes 15 ICDS credits abroad, they will receive 15 Northeastern credits.
  • Each university abroad has its own credit system. Students should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Course Description

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 participating in the program, Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program, 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.

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:
  • 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.

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, 2019
  • Deadline: October 15, 2019
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: E-mail a colored photocopy of your passport to your Global Experience Advisor.
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
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: You can request an official transcript via myNortheastern.
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These documents 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
  • Language: 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

Credits

  • Students need to take 12-16 Northeastern credits per semester to be full-time.
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (ICDS: Northeastern).
  • Students typically take 5 courses per semester at ICDS.
  • Course credits are typically 3 credits at ICDS.
  • If a student takes 15 ICDS credits abroad, they will receive 15 Northeastern credits.
  • Each university abroad has its own credit system. Students should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Course Description

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 participating in the program, Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program, 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.

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:
  • 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.

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, 2019
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Extension: March 15, 2019
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: E-mail a colored photocopy of your passport to your Global Experience Advisor.
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
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: You can request an official transcript via myNortheastern.
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These documents 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
  • Language: 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

Credits

  • Students need to take 6-8 Northeastern credits per semester to be full-time.
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (ICDS: Northeastern).
  • Students typically take 2 courses per semester at ICDS.
  • Course credits are typically 3 credits at ICDS.
  • If a student takes 6 ICDS credits abroad, they will receive 6 Northeastern credits.
  • Each university abroad has its own credit system. Students should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Course Description

ICDS offers a six-week service-learning program, Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica, with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.

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:
  • Students will be charged 25% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to .1 to 5.9 Northeastern credits. Students will be charged 50% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to 6.0 to 8.9 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 range, then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services 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, 2019
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Extension: March 15, 2019
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: E-mail a colored photocopy of your passport to your Global Experience Advisor.
  • Study Abroad Course Selections: After submitting the GEO application, students need to submit all courses, including back-up courses, to their Academic Advisor for approval. Please refer to the GEO Courses section of the website to review the Study Abroad Course Selections process.
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: You can request an official transcript via myNortheastern.
  • 2 Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Health Forms: These documents 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
  • Language: 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

Credits

  • Students need to take 6-8 Northeastern credits per semester to be full-time.
  • The credit conversion ratio is 1:1 (ICDS: Northeastern).
  • Students typically take 2 courses per semester at ICDS.
  • Course credits are typically 3 credits at ICDS.
  • If a student takes 6 ICDS credits abroad, they will receive 6 Northeastern credits.
  • Each university abroad has its own credit system. Students should plan on taking what is considered a full-time credit load at the host institution.

Course Description

ICDS, in partnership with Hospital Clínica Bíblica, offers the program, Spanish and Health in Latin America, 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.

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:
  • Students will be charged 25% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to .1 to 5.9 Northeastern credits. Students will be charged 50% of Northeastern semester tuition for those who enroll in courses that are equivalent to 6.0 to 8.9 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 range, then the student will incur an overload fee as defined by Northeastern University’s Student Financial Services 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.

The U.S. State Department lists travel advisories, local laws, alerts from the embassy, and other important information about Costa Rica here. Please review this information before applying.

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

Advisors