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costa rica nursing academics

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good standing (academic, financial and conduct) and have a cumulative GPA of 2.3.  You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure.  You may apply as a freshman but you must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins.  No prior Spanish language study is required.

The academic program consists of two courses:

1) Introduction to the Costa Rican Medical System (UWEC's IDIS 155, GE V, FC, 3 credits) is taught in English.

2) One five-credit Spanish language course (at the appropriate Spanish level for you, beginning to advanced), the credits of which will be divided as follows:

SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I (4 cr) and SPAN elective lower division (1 cr)
SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II (4 cr) and SPAN elective lower division (1 cr)
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr) and SPAN elective lower division (1 cr)
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr) and SPAN elective lower division (1 cr)
SPAN 301 Advanced Composition (3 cr) and SPAN elective upper division (2 cr)
SPAN 420 Spanish for the Health Professions II (3 cr) and SPAN elective upper division (2 cr)*

*Span 301 is the pre-requisite for Span 420. Students planning to take Span 420 in Costa Rica must complete Span 301 prior to the start of the program. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-2016, in addition to the three credits of Foreign Culture attached to the IDIS 155 class, six credits of Foreign Culture requirement can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

For students in catalog years 2016 and later, this program can fulfill an integrated learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments.  Email  for details.

All Spanish and Latin American Studies majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country where the language is spoken.  This program meets the language immersion requirement.

During the program students will observe in the local clinic, as well as participate in health education programming for elementary school students. This can be counted towards the UW-Eau Claire Service Learning Requirement. 

The program runs for 8 weeks, from June 3 to August 2, 2016.

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