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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 03/01/2019 ** 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: Joy Wanderi Program: Ambassador
Program Type: Study Abroad Program Faculty Advisor: McGlinich, Gregory
Program Description:

Contents:Costa Rican Farm


Program Description:

 Agriculture is one of the main sources of income for Costa Ricans. Costa Rica is known in Latin America for its famous coffee, strong dairy sector, pineapple and bananas. As part of this program, you will enjoy the food and local culture of Costa Rica, and participate in discussions with agribusiness professionals.  

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Academic Course Information:

 Students participating in this course will enroll in URS 2000 (Growth and Change in Urban Society).  Through research and hands-on direct learning through the study tour, students will explore issues of urbanization, technology development and public policy affect economic and population growth and change.
Students will complete a self-study exercise with assigned readings, prior to the trip, providing a background foundation on the history and current issues facing Costa Rica.  An interactive and comprehensive study tour will provide an opportunity to experience issues of development and public policy.  Students not only will be expected to be actively engaged the study tour, but they will also complete a portfolio/presentation focused on course concepts throughout the tour. 
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About the Faculty Program Advisors:

Greg McGlinch, Agriculture Program Coordinator.  Greg has traveled to Costa Rica and has led students to Panama exploring the various agriculture practices in these Central American countries.  

Greg McGlinch

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Meals and Accommodations:Bananas

 While in Costa Rica, students will be provided with the majority of their meals. Students will also have multiple opportunities to explore and try the local cuisine.  Students will be paired in rooms at hotels which have been visited and approved. 

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 This program is open to students interested in agricultural production in Central American regions. There are no prerequisites. Acceptance into the program will be based upon several factors including a 2.0 GPA, motivation, interest in the program and contacting the faculty program advisors.
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Before You Leave:

 All face to face meetings will take place at the WSU Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio.  Students will be notified prior to meeting dates.
There will be a teleconference with USDA prior to arrival via Video Teleconference (1-2 weeks prior to arrival)
Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete a mandatory pre-departure orientation online as part of their application process.

Costa Rican Scenery
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Getting There:

Students will be responsible to pay for arranged airfare to and from San Jose, Costa Rica.  Transportation within Costa Rica will be covered.  Please contact UCIE to get information on how to get a passport and to arrange airfare. 
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Program Costs:

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

The program cost is $2500 plus an application fee of $100.  This includes airfare, accommodations, transportation within Costa Rica, bi-lingual guides, tours/technical visits, meals identified on itinerary, and health and accident insurance. 

Not included: tuition, $30 exit tax at airport in Costa Rica, passport application costs, airline seat upgrades, baggage fees, leisure activities, hotel incidentals, and personal expenses.
An application fee of $100 and a deposit of $500 are due at the time of application. 
Applications are due by September 1, 2017.
$1000 is due November 1st, 2017.
$1000 is due December 1st, 2017. 

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:Costa Rican Bridge

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 Students in Costa Rica

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 a UHP Health Insurance Packet  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Joy Wanderi 
Education Abroad Director

Faculty Program Advisors:

Greg McGlinch, Agriculture Program Coordinator

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