To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.3. You must maintain full-time 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.
COURSES/ COURSE EQUIVALENCIES:
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 320 Spanish for the Health Professions I (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)
Note: students may not receive credit for both SPAN 320 and SPAN 420.
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. Please email Degree Review at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.)
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 early June to late July. Exact program dates are determined the semester prior to departure.