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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2019 03/02/2019
Calendar Year 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type: Internship Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Fields of Study: Art, Biology, Botany, Business, Communications, Culinary Arts, Culture, Ecology, Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Finance, Health & Nutrition, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Resources Management, International Business, Law & Judicial Sciences, Management, Marine Biology, Marketing, Political Science, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Are you ready to explore one of the most magnificent countries in the world while you advance your career goals? In Costa Rica, you can have your cake and eat it too! On our Intern in Costa Rica program, you’ll live, study, and work with Costa Ricans in the bustling capital of San José. We’ll tailor your internship placement to match your passions and interests. You’ll gain practical skills and boost your résumé with international work experience. Off the clock and out of the classroom, you can venture into Costa Rica’s famous rainforest, explore nearby volcanoes, and understand what it means to embrace “pura vida.”


Here are some things to expect while on this unique program:
  • Internship placements ranging from business or social work to marine biology or environmental conservation
  • Variety of activities and social events throughout the program
  • Cooking classes, dance classes, and sports events, where you can bond with your fellow interns
  • Each internship includes a beginner, intermediate, or advanced Spanish-language class
  • Networking opportunities with international students from around the world
Location:
San José is the bustling capital of Costa Rica and the place to learn about the country’s fascinating culture. Food, art, and people flow in from all directions. Likewise, you can use the capital as your launching point to discover the rest of this friendly country. Beautiful national parks, picturesque mountain villages, and relaxed beach towns are nearby and easily accessible. Spend your weekends exploring volcanoes, zip-lining through the jungle, or visiting a sloth sanctuary.

As a CISabroad student in San José, you'll get to know local Costa Ricans (aka Ticos), who have a friendly, laid-back demeanor. Local classmates will show you the meaning of pura vida. Being minutes from the heart of the Costa Rican capital, you can explore the city with ease. Imagine sipping some of the best coffee in the world and nibbling on a churro with friends at a local café.

Chepe, as the city is known locally, is famed for its National Theater, busy market life, and easy-to-use public transportation. There are plenty of international restaurants, ranging from Lebanese to Italian, in addition to local sodas, where you can eat large helpings of gallo pinto, the delicious national dish. Visitors and residents adore the street food in San José or grabbing a cheap and cheerful meal at Mercado Central. After class, you can head to one of the many local theaters, concert venues, cinemas, or salsa clubs. Then, spend the evening with new friends in the Plaza de la Cultura watching the pigeons and a marimba band. It doesn’t get much better than this.

 
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