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CSUF: HESC Spring Break in Heredia, Costa Rica
Heredia, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Break
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 12/07/2018 12/14/2018 03/30/2019 04/07/2019
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CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Host Family
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Areas of Study:
Health Science
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College of Health & Human Development
Prerequisite: Instructor Permission
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CSUF Faculty:
Koleilat, M.
Program Description:
Program Description:

CSUF: HESC Spring Break in Heredia, Costa Rica, 2019


Travel to Costa Rica with CSUF and learn first-hand about various aspects of public health in this central American country. The one-week program will expose students to health care issues facing communities and health organizations, and includes field trips, lectures, workshops and home stays. 
Program Dates - March 30 - April 7, 2019 (Spring Break)
Accepted students must also attend two mandatory pre-departure orientation sessions.

  • Session # 1: Friday 2/08/2019 from 10 am -12 pm at KHS-221
  • Session # 2: Friday 3/8/2019 from 10 am – 12 pm at KHS-221 

*Students who do not attend both pre-departure sessions will not be able to participate in the program. 

Program Eligibility
Participation is open to Health Science majors who will be concurrently enrolled in HESC 220 or have successfully completed HESC 220.
Program Highlights
  • Field trips, lectures, and workshops centered around public health while seeing and experiencing Costa Rica and its natural beauty.
  • Cultural activities, such as a traditional Costa Rican cooking class, a Latin Dance class, and a tour of a wildlife rescue center. 
  • End the program on a high note by traveling to the majestic Arenal volcano where you can visit hot springs, hike to Costa Rica's premier waterfall, and zip-line through the rainforest.
Information Sessions
For more information about this program please attend our information session, Wednesday 10/10/2018 from 10 am- 12 pm at KHS 221. 
Please RSVP to Dr. Maria Koleilat at

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Courses and Faculty

Participants must be enrolled in 1-unit of HESC 494 in Spring 2019. HESC 494 is a core course for Health Science majors that exposes students to health science planning, implementation, and evaluation of special community-based projects under faculty supervision. Students are required to submit a final written project upon completion of the program.    


Dr. Maria Koleilat
Dr. Maria Koleilat
Health Science

Housing & Location

This program includes a homestay with a local host family. You will have all of your meals with your family and they will provide a sack lunch on weekend excursions. Living and sharing your experience abroad with a host family is one of the important highlights of studying overseas. In fact, this can be the most enriching and lasting aspect of studying in a foreign country. Many students often maintain relationships with their host families well beyond the conclusion of the program. The host families are carefully selected and interviewed, and have extensive prior experience.
Heredia is located in the cool highlands of Costa Rica on the western edge of the Central Valley. Known as the “City of Flowers”, Heredia is located only 20 minutes from the capital city of San José, yet retains the atmosphere of a smaller Costa Rican town. It is one of the oldest colonial settlements in the country — its main church was built in 1797. The central plaza is an inviting place to stroll and experience life in the city. Adding to the charm of Heredia, the surrounding countryside is home to many coffee plantations and small farms. The city rests on the lower slopes of impressive Poás Volcano, whose active past has provided the area with extremely fertile soil. Heredia provides a wonderful mix of old and new and you are sure to enjoy learning about public health in this setting.

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Costs & Financial Aid


2019 Program Fee - $1975 per student (does not include airfare) 
The program fee will cover lodging, most meals, field trips, cultural activities and excursions. 

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.

Payment deadline for the non-refundable $300 fee is November 16, 2018, and the payment deadline for the remaining balance is January 11, 2019. Instructions for payment will be made available to students after they are accepted.

Additional Costs Not included in the Program Fee

Financial Aid
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.

Passport, Visa, and Airport Tax Info

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. While no special entry visa is required for Costa Rica, there is a $29 USD airport tax that you must pay when you depart Costa Rica for the US (paid at the airport). 

If you possess a non-US passport, please make sure that you contact Dr. Maria Koleilat for further details. Normally, the only requirement for a short-term program to Costa Rica is that you possess a valid US Green Card. 


The application deadline for this program is November 2, 2018.
Accepted students will be notified by November 9, 2018
Payment deadline for the non-refundable $300 fee is November 16, 2018, and the payment deadline for the remaining balance is January 11, 2019. Instructions for payment will be made available to students after they are accepted.


For program or course-related questions, please contact Dr. Maria Koleilat at

For application-related questions and online forms, please contact the Study Abroad Office at


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