This program offers immersion into the language, culture, history and schools in Costa Rica. Through the Praxis Center, participants will live with Costa Rican host families and conduct observations in both urban and rural schools.
Students will enroll in ED 470/570: Diversity, Equity, and Education for 3 credits. This course allows them to learn more about a different educational system within the context of the developing world, see how language, culture and history impact classroom culture, and be able to compare both public and private schools within that system. The learning experiences will primarily be field-based and include multiple excursions to area schools in San Jose, Costa Rica. In addition, homestays will give students new perspective that will help them work with students of diverse backgrounds in their future classrooms. If you are a graduate student interested in participating in this program, please reach out to the program contacts (below) to discuss details.
Program Dates for Spring Break 2017 are March 4-15, 2017. Please note dates fall within the Valpo Spring Break period.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Spanish fluency is not required. The families have hosted numerous students from Valparaiso and have some English. That said, knowledge of Spanish is certainly a plus.
The deadline to apply for the Spring Break 2017 program will be October 15, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by the MSEED faculty leaders alongside the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above. The Program Cost is an estimate that includes airfare, all transportation in-country, housing and meals.
Airfare will be arranged by the Office of International Programs. Students are expected to travel as a group because of the shortness of the program, and the need to be together in case of any delay. Every effort is made to obtain the lowest possible airfares while working with the university travel agents. Please note that agents get fare quotes directly from the airline and group flight fares may differ significantly from individual live fares found online due to the fact that we are reserving many seats together in a group block. The lowest group fare should not be compared to an individual live fare.
Students will also be responsible for purchasing transportation to and from the airport from campus, immunizations, and passport fees not included in the program cost.
The estimate for personal spending money will vary greatly depending on individual spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities. This estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their spending habits.
Program Contact Information
Phone: (219) 464-5978
Phone: (219) 464-5580
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.