WCE International Studies ProgramCosta Rica


Contact Information:
Dr. Susan Catapano
catapanos@uncw.edu
Education Building 377
910-962-2290 Phone

International Studies Program
Watson College of Education
University of North Carolina
Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5980

Costa Rica

Program Overview

Experience what it's like to be a second language learner, immersed in a new culture and school. Experience not only learning a language, but learning new cultural mores, learning new concepts in a new language, and experience what it's like to be an eager, but struggling learner. Live in Spanish-speaking homes and experience the Latino family life and culture. Visit and teach in local schools, participate in service learning projects, take 60 hours of Spanish in 3 1/2 weeks and experience a green, caring, peaceful country. Grad and undergrads, come to COSTA RICA!

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Academics

EDN 592/455: International Field Experience in Education
Instructor: Dr. Debbie Powell; (3-6 sem. hrs.); Register: Summer I
Course focuses on: gaining empathy for ELLs and all struggling learners; reflecting on teaching and learning strategies,understanding learning and the role of experience. The course will also aid students in better appreciating the needs of families living in poverty, Latino family life, and Latino culture. Throughout the course, students will reflect on the role of engagement in learning.

Costa Rica polaroidProgram Activity and Features

Location

Heredia and Monteverde, Costa Rica for a total of 22 days

One week in Heredia, Costa Rica, a safe and peaceful community with few tourists, and 2 1/2 weeks in Monteverde, a unique community set in a world-famous Costa Rican cloud forest. Costa Rica is the safest, most economically and politically stable country in Latin America.

Some of the Excursions we'll visit:

Tentative Program Dates:

May 15 - June 5, 2015

Application Deadline: January 9, 2015

Eligibility

To apply, you must be an education or related field major with at least a Sophomore standing at time of participation and must be admitted to the WCE for Fall 2015.  Graduate, MAT and Undergraduate students are welcome.  Must be in good judicial standing.  An interview with instructors and an additional application are required.  Must have GPA at time of application of 2.5.  Must be able to hike 3-5 miles.  Must be a learner who is not afraid to try new things!

Cost: Estimated Program Fee

$3750

Program Fees include: Airfare, meals, home stays for 3 weeks, laundry, Spanish classes, cultural classes, medical insurance, shared room in 4 and 5-star hotels for 3 weekends, welcome and farewell dinners, all excursions, expert guides, all ground transportation, exit tax, baggage and airport transfers.

Additional Costs: (not included in the program fee)

UNCW Tuition: for 3-6 credits
There is a possibility to sign up for 3 hours credit for the Immersion Experience with UNCW and pay and complete the extra requirements for 3 hours of Spanish through New Mexico State University. Inquire about this option.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Federal and state financial aid may be applied toward this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Summer Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available a www.uncw.edu/intprogs/abroad-financialaid.htm.

Space is limited to 15! Don't delay!

 

For more information, contact the program leader:
Dr. Debbie Powell
powelld@uncw.edu
910-962-3175 phone
910-962-3988 fax