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  • Locations: Heredia, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 12/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/21/2019 06/09/2019

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
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Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Early Childhood & Ele Edu (EEM)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Options: Homestay, Hotel Language Courses Offered: Yes
Internship or Service Learning: Service Learning College Designation: COE
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:
Costa Rica

Overview

Learn to walk in the shoes of your English Language Learners and struggling students while in beautiful Costa Rica! We will visit schools and work with Costa Rican students.  We will stay with host families while learning Spanish.  Learn to cook and dance like a Costa Rican! We’ll see beaches, volcanoes, and wild life you can’t see in the United States. We will hike, canopy zip line, swim, and ride horses!  Learn to be a global citizen so you can become a better teacher.

Program Fee: $4,060

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In Country Transportation
  • Some Meals
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • EEM 596 (1)
  • EEM 597 (4)
  • EEM 606 (1)
  • EEM 607 (4)
Maximum Credit Hours: 5

Contact:
Michelle Satterfield 
Childhood Education and Family Studies Department
MSatterfield@MissouriState.edu

Itinerary

Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
March 7 Intro to course instructor, each other, and course itinerary/syllabus; air travel itinerary; packing list/suitcase; school supplies/equipment to donate/for your school work; cell phone/internet access; currency/spending money; traveler’s consult at Taylor Health; CR treasure hunt; Q & A.
April 4 Skype conference with Language School administrator in Costa Rica; home stays, food, climate, environment/plants/animals, currency/cash---souvenirs, snacks/lunches; detailed itinerary---weekend excursions/weekday classes; cross-cultural basics; code of conduct; BB, course documents, research project topics; Q & A. 
May 2 GeoBlue health insurance/medical facilities, first aid/medications, safety; photo blog assignment reflection expectations; create blog file; first blog entry/due date (Friday, May 10th); research project organization/group work; airport parking/arrangements, breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks en route; Q & A. 
 
Program Itinerary   
May 21 Missouri State group arrives to SJO,  transportation from airport to San Joaquin for lunch (included); walk to CPI for language groupings & MSU orientation; host families pick up students at CPI; dinner with host family
May 22 Breakfast with host family.
Arrive to meeting point to walk as a group to CPI
MSU class at CPI, “Conditions for Language Learning” 
 Latin cooking class at CPI; lunch (included)
 Spanish classes
3:00 - 3:20 p.m. Break
Talk on Costa Rican education
CPI assigned group assistant briefs for following day;
transportation from CPI to meeting point; dinner with host family
May 23 Breakfast with host family
Arrive to CPI
MSU class at CPI: Planning lesson in pairs & “Planning engaging lesson, Halliday’s 7 Functions of Language”
Free time for self pay lunch  
Spanish classes
Dinner with host family
May 24 Breakfast with host family
Transportation from meeting point to primary school
Primary school orientation, observation and teaching
Return transportation to CPI
Free time for self pay lunch
Spanish classes
Debrief on school visit   
Dinner with host family
May 25 Breakfast with host family
Transportation to social service activity
Social service activity with the Humanitarian Foundation; lunch (included)
Arrive to CPI for MSU class; Reflection/writing “Resiliency amidst Poverty” and preparation for Monteverde 
Transportation to Heredia for walk about: visit Mercado Central and Plaza
Return to meeting point; dinner with host family and time to pack
May 26 Breakfast with host family
Depart from meeting point for Manuel Antonio (your host family will assist with your luggage; be dressed for beach and bring fruit for snack)
Arrival to Manuel Antonio National Park; spend day in park
Leave park; hotel check-in and dinner (included)
May 27 Breakfast (included) at the hotel
Transportation to Monteverde
arrival to Monteverde; lunch (included) at CPI
Spanish classes
New host families receive students; dinner with family
May 28 Breakfast with host family
Arrive to meeting point for walk about of Santa Elena; continue onto CPI Monteverde for brief orientation 
MSU class at CPI: AR – data sources/instruments; review blog progress, reflective journal writings, first three prompts addressed
Free time for self pay lunch
Spanish classes
Return transportation to Santa Elena; dinner with host family
May 29 Breakfast with host family
Transportation from meeting point to primary school
Primary school observation and teaching
MSU class at CPI: “School debriefing, what worked/what didn’t” at CPI; regroup for Thursday lessons
Latin cooking class; lunch (included)
Spanish classes
Return transportation to Santa Elena; dinner with host family
May 30 Breakfast with host family
Transportation departs for Trapiche typical farm tour
Tour and lunch (included)
MSU class: Reflection time 
Spanish classes
Latin dance classes at CPI
Return transportation to Santa Elena; dinner with host family
May 31 Breakfast with host family
Transportation from meeting point to primary school
Primary school observation and teaching
MSU class at CPI: “School Debriefing; Student Engagement”
Free time for self pay lunch
Spanish classes
MSU class at CPI: Reflection/writing
Return transportation to meeting point; dinner with host family
June 1 Breakfast with host family
Depart from meeting point 
Arrive to La Fortuna; free time in town
Lunch (included)
Hike along the lush trails of the Sendero Silencio 
Hotel check-in
Hot water springs
Buffet dinner 
June 2  Breakfast at the hotel; enjoy pool
Hotel check-out and lunch (included) in La Fortuna  
Return transportation to Monteverde
Estimated time of arrival; dinner with host family
June 3 Breakfast with host family
MSU class at CPI: “AR Data Analysis”
Free time for self pay lunch
Spanish classes
Return transportation to Santa Elena; dinner with host family
June 4 Breakfast with host family
Transportation from meeting point to Cloud Forest school
Tour of school and presentation on methodology
MSU class: “School debriefing; comparison of all 3 schools; Learning Theory applies to ALL learners; Is Learning Fun?” 
Free time for self pay lunch
Spanish classes
Return transportation to Santa Elena; dinner with host family
June 5 Breakfast with host family
Transportation to social service project, Life Monteverde
Social service project on sustainable farm and lunch (included)
MSU class at CPI: Reflection/writing  
Spanish classes
Return transportation to meeting point; dinner with host family
June 6 Breakfast with host family
Transportation from meeting point to canopy zip line tour
Canopy tour
Return transportation & working lunch (included)
Spanish classes
Return transportation to Santa Elena; dinner with host family
June 7 Breakfast with host family; morning free; packing and shopping for host family
Self pay working lunch on own, “Summing up Our Experiences”
Spanish classes
Return transportation to Santa Elena; dinner with host family
June 8 Breakfast with host family
Transportation departs for Sta. Elena Reserve
Guided hike with local, bilingual guide
Transportation to San Jose (the host family will assist with your luggage); lunch (included) en route
Arrival to San Jose; hotel check-in
Farewell dinner (included)
June 9 Breakfast (included) at hotel
Hotel check out and bags to bus
Group transportation to airport for return flight
 
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD No post travel sessions.  MSU classes to be held on CPI campus.  

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

Scholarships:
The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.

Policies

Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf.
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.