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  • Locations: Escazu, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 05/31/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Megan Trickler Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Service Learning, Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: Rubin, Bobby
Supporting Department: English Language and Literature Registration Term: Fall
Language Prerequisite: No Language of Instruction: English
Credit Hours: 3.0
Program Description:

Contents:Costa Rican Waterfall


Program Description:

Spend part of your summer in paradise!
This program offers students the opportunity to explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica: its rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, villages, and friendly people.  The service learning project brings additional, meaningful interaction with Costa Ricans.
The program offers several field trips to museums, volcanoes, villages, beaches, rainforests, and other attractions.  Some of the field trips include overnight stays and are designed to complement the coursework.
Costa Rica is a beautiful, safe, democratic haven for international visitors. Rich in biodiversity, Costa Rica's rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches are natural wonders that attract tourists from all over the world. Costa Ricans are friendly, peace-loving people who boast that Costa Rica has more teachers than soldiers. Indeed, the 1949 constitution abolished the national army, and Costa Rica’s education system and high literacy rate are to be envied.

The Ambassador Program to Costa Rica is the longest-running continuously-offered study abroad program at Wright State. In 2006, the program received the President’s Award for Excellence for outstanding  collaboration among the Department of English, Department of Modern Languages, Honors Program, and University Center for International Education. Sinclair Community College joins Wright State in sending students and faculty on the program.

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Academic Course Information:

Students register for a Fall 2018 course:
UH 2010/ENG 2010/ENG 2040: Travel Literature
Online work with field experience in Costa Rica.
Focusing on Latin American travel writers, this course explores one of the most geographically, ethnically, and socially diverse regions of the world. Western perspectives on the New World encounters will be balanced with those of the indigenous peoples, mestizos, and Afro-Latinos.
Representative texts will include different types of travelers and genres of travel writing. We will discuss how these authors transformed the places they visited and were in turn transformed by what they experienced.


Service Learning Component:  Students will create multimedia “Travel in Reverse” projects to interactively engage Costa Ricans in cultural exchange and understanding. Students will visit various community groups to share their projects.
This course is taught online and in Costa Rica.   No WSU campus attendance required!
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About the Faculty Program Advisors:Faculty Advisors

Robert E. Rubin, M.A.
“Professor Bobby” is Director of English as a Second Language Programs (ESL) and Senior Lecturer in English. He teaches several Honors courses, English composition, ESL, Spanish, and linguistics. He has lived and studied in Costa Rica and has traveled to Costa Rica about 30 times during the past 30 years, leading 14 groups of students to Costa Rica since 1995. Bobby has taught at WSU since 1991.

Derek Petrey, Ph.D.
Dr. Petrey started at Sinclair Community College in Fall 2003. Before coming to Sinclair, he spent ten years teaching at The Ohio State University as a Graduate Teaching Associate and later as a Senior Lecturer. He has taught courses in Spanish and Portuguese language, literature, and cultures. He is a Professor of Spanish (and occasionally Portuguese), and Director of Sinclair’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Meals and Accommodations:

 Student stay with host families in the eclectic town of Escazú, just 5km outside of the capital city, San José.  The families provide lodging, meals, and laundry service. Other meals and accommodations are provided during field trips.
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Eligibility:WSU Students

-Open to all majors
-Open to Honors and non-Honors students
-No prerequisites
-No Spanish required
-Core class credit
-Service Learning Credit
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Before You Leave:

Airfare and Flight Arrangements:
Though the group will fly to Costa Rica together, students will purchase their airline tickets individually. The faculty advisors will choose a reasonably priced itinerary and provide to students to purchase.
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Getting There:

Students will be responsible to arrange their own travel to and from Costa Rica (see Before You Leave).

Student are free to arrive early or stay later but should be aware they are not part the program during those times and are not covered by WSU insurances.

UCIE recommends the following travel agencies that work with university students:  STA Travel and Student Universe.  They may be able to offer payment plans.
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Program Costs:

The $100 application fee for this program has been waived!

The cost of the program is $1960.  This includes lodging with a host family, most meals, health and accident insurance, all field trips, museum and park entrance fees. Not included: airfare, passport application costs, personal expenses, and activities on free days.
To officially secure you a spot, an application fee of $100 and a program deposit of $500 are due at the time of application. 
Students applying by March 1st will receive a $200 scholarship.
$730 is due April 1st
$730 is due May 1st

All payments are non-refundable

The UCIE reserves the right to adjust the program price up to 10%.
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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact the Financial Aid Representative, Gail Cyan, at to schedule an appointment and learn about your specific situation.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.  
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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with  UHP International Insurance  through University Health Plans.  

Costa Rica
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Megan Trickler
Education Abroad Coordinator

Faculty Program Advisors:

Professor Bobby Rubin
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