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|Restrictions:||CSUF applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Break||2018||01/19/2018 **||Rolling Admission||03/24/2018||04/01/2018|
|NOTE: Applications will be open until program capacity is filled.|
** 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.
|Program Type:||CSUF Department/Faculty-Led||Housing Options:||Host Family, Hotels|
|Areas of Study:||Child and Adolescent Studies||Language Prerequisite:||None|
|Language of Instruction:||English||College:||College of Health & Human Development|
|Prerequisite:||Instructor Permission||Internship Opportunity:||Yes|
CSUF: CAS International Internship Option in Heredia, Costa Rica, Spring Break 2018
The Department of Child and Adolescent Studies (CAS) initiated opportunities for undergraduate-level students to complete CHAD major practicum requirements through international fieldwork experiences in 2005. Several cohorts have since travelled to China, Mexico, Thailand, Germany, and Costa Rica to learn about local cultures and to facilitate enrichment activities for children and/or families in school and community-based programs.
Highlights include staying with host families at a small city called Heredia; an excursion to the Arenal volcano; participation in cultural activities, such as cooking and dance classes; visits to the Wildlife Rescue Center, a local fair market, and a tour of the city. Service learning activities will take place at an elementary school where interns will lead age-appropriate activities.
- March 24, 2018 - April 1, 2018 (Spring Break)
Interact with children and/or families in community-based settings and engage in a variety of professional development experiences.
Participate in cultural activities designed to get them a deeper knowledge of the international setting. In some cases, students stay with host families to enhance their cultural experience.
Gain internship/practicum experience.
Acquire and demonstrate enhanced understanding of how learning and development are influenced by language, culture, family and community values as well as interpersonal and professional skills that show sensitivity to cultural norms and differences in the international internship setting.
Develop extensive personal and professional networks through the international internship experience.
Students will stay in home stays during the program with a one night stay in a hotel for an excursion.
Program Fee - $1,300 (tentative) Program fees are estimated at $1300 and will include lodging, most meals, selected tours, and community-based experiences. The program fee is based on a minimum student enrollment. If the student enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students. Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee
Program Fee - $1,300 (tentative)
Program fees are estimated at $1300 and will include lodging, most meals, selected tours, and community-based experiences.
The program fee is based on a minimum student enrollment. If the student enrollment falls below the minimum, CSUF reserves the right to adjust the program fee to accommodate a smaller number of students.
Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee
- CSUF Tuition and Fees (6 units)
Additional meals not included in itinerary
Additional fieldtrips not included in the program
Personal expenses (e.g., entertainment, shopping)
There are many opportunities for CSUF students to study abroad and continue to receive financial aid. Click here to learn more about financial aid for study abroad.
You must have a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the date of international departure. U.S. passport applications can be obtained at any major post office. See here for more information. This process usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so plan early to apply for a new or renewed passport.
U.S. passport holders do not require a tourist visa to enter the country of Costa Rica for this program. Find visa and entry information here.
Non-US passport holders should inquire with the Costa Rican Embassy about visa requirements for their country of origin. Please click here for embassy contact information for specific information about visa requirements for non-US passport holders.
The early decision application deadline for this program will be October 13, 2017.
Submit initial non-refundable deposit of $500 by November 24, 2017.
Submit remaining balance (amount $TBD) by December 15, 2017.
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