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CSUF: CAS International Internship in Heredia, Costa Rica Spring 2019
Heredia, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Break
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Spring Break 2019 11/19/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/30/2019 04/07/2019

** 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.
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CSUF Department/Faculty-Led Housing Options: Host Family, Hotels
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Child and Adolescent Studies Language Prerequisite: None
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CSUF: CAS International Internship Option in Heredia, Costa Rica, Spring Break 2019


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 and at a non-profit organization that serves teen mothers and their children where interns will lead age-appropriate activities. 

Program Dates
  • March 30, 2019 - April 7, 2019 (Spring Break)

Program Eligibility
Participation is open to Child and Adolescent Development majors and minors who have successfully completed CAS 101 and CAS 201, which are the prerequisites for any of CAS practicum courses.  

Program Highlights
  • 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.

Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), San José, Costa Rica.

Courses and Faculty


394/L (Introductory Practicum) 

474/L (Advanced Practicum in Elementary School Settings)

or 494/L (Advanced Practicum in Community Based Settings)

Costa Rica participants must be enrolled in one of these CAS practicum courses in Spring 2019. Seminar participation includes attendance at weekly class sessions, submission of course assignments, participation in preparation activities aligned with the international experience, and the completion of 30 hours of fieldwork at a CICE approved local site. If the international practicum is not completed then the student must complete the 60 practicum hours in a CICE approved site. Check with your CAS academic advisor to make sure the international short-study abroad program fits within your study plan. 

Note: Participating, qualified students may complete CAS 474/474L or CAS 494/494L in lieu of the advanced practicum course identified within the ECD (CAS 464/464L) Major Option.

Learning Goals associated with this experience include the following: 

  • Consider age appropriate, individually appropriate, and culturally appropriate practice in school and community settings;
  • Demonstrate understanding of how learning and development are influenced by language, culture, family and community values;
  • Demonstrate understanding of Costa Rican history and culture with particular attention to developmental and familial contexts;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and professional skills that show sensitivity to cultural norms and differences;
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and legal issues relevant to participation in field-based experiences; and
  • Engage in reflective practice.
Class meetings: Fridays, 12:00-1:50 PM


Dr. Claudia G. Pineda
Dr. Claudia G. Pineda
Child and Adolescent Studies


Students will stay in home stays during the program with a one night stay in a hotel for an excursion. 

Costs & Financial Aid


Program fees are estimated at $1,200 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

  • Airfare 
  • CSUF Tuition and Fees (6 units)
  • Books
  • Passport and Visa Fees
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Immunizations
  • Health insurance
  • Additional meals not included in itinerary
  • Additional fieldtrips not included in the program 
  • Personal expenses (e.g., entertainment, shopping)

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 and Visa 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.

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 November 2, 2018.
Submit initial non-refundable deposit of $500 by November 30, 2018.
Submit remaining balance (amount $TBD) by January 22, 2019.

Information Sessions
Friday, October 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am in EC 527
Monday, October 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm in EC 527


For program or course-related questions, please contact Dr. Claudia G. Pineda at

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





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