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Costa Rica, Nursing & Health Care Professions
Bagaces, Costa Rica
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.30 Language of Instruction: Spanish
Year in School: May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Coordinator: Cheryl Lochner-Wright
Experiential Education: Volunteer/Service Learning
Program Description:

Miramar, Costa Rican Nursing Program

Spend a summer in Costa Rica while learning about health care and the Spanish language! Today, one of the keys to effective health care is providing personalized care for each individual.  Given the demographics in our region and nationwide, you will provide care to a patient pool that grows more multicultural each year. 

The growing number of Spanish speakers in the United States has increased the need for health care professionals who can speak Spanish and who have an understanding of Latin American culture. Therefore, cross-cultural experience is a must for today's health care students. This program will help you gain the necessary language and cultural skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients.

In this program you will be living in Bagaces, (population 10,000), where you will see firsthand how primary health care is delivered in a rural setting. You will also spend four to five days in San José (population of 1 million), the capital city, giving you the opportunity to learn about health care at various types and sizes of health facilities.

Bagaces is centrally located in Guanacaste province, less than an hour from active volcanoes and Pacific ocean beaches.

You will take a course in Medical Spanish at the appropriate level as well as a course on the Costa Rican medical system. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Costa Rica Nursing

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During the program you will be living with a host family, which offers an excellent opportunity for you to learn about family life in Costa Rica , meet locals, and practice your Spanish on a daily basis! 

Accommodations are arranged with carefully selected host families. In general only one student is placed per family; in all cases, you will have your own room.  Your host family will provide you three meals a day.

Past participants report that the informal learning with their family was as important as their classwork to their academic experience. In the words of a past student, "I was so glad to live with a host family rather than in a hotel or dorm. It was a great cultural experience."

  • Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
  • Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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  • View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.




Below you will find more information on program costs: Costa Rica for Nursing and Healthcare Professions Summer 2015

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"I made friends in Miramar that I feel I will keep in contact with for the rest of my life. This program enriched my understanding of other countries, their health care system, and overall made me realize that there is so much more in the world than what we experience in our every day lives.-" Laura

Academic field trips to introduce you to a few of the many faces of Costa Rica. The trips will include day visits to a variety of medical facilities, both urban and rural.

This study abroad experience was invaluable to me, personally, academically, and professionally. The ability to improve my communication and languages skills, learn about a different culture first-hand by living with a host family, and become more cognizant of the cultural needs of other groups of people as they pertain to healthcare was what I got from this program – and more! – Jordyn, Summer 2012

I have learned more in two months than I did during the past eight years I have taken Spanish.  Beyond studies, I have learned how to be a more open and culturally sensitive person and can use these skills to not only better my life, but to better the lives of those I will be working with in the future. --Stephanie, Summer 2013

This program is extremely valuable to any future health care workers because culture influences health care immensely and you don’t see that until you step outside your own culture. – Angela, Summer 2012

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