This program provides a cadre of MSU teacher candidates and classroom teachers with a deeper level of knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with effective instruction of ELs, through first hand-experience in an unfamiliar culture including home stay, observation and teaching in elementary schools, and service learning projects in-country, as well as sight-seeing and interaction with a wide variety of Costa Ricans. The travel component is designed to prepare participants to more effectively work with the increasing number of school children (about 8.7% in the US) for whom English is not their first language (ELs).
Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
EEM 596 (1)
EEM 597 (4)
EEM 606 (1)
EEM 607 (4)
Maximum Credit Hours: 5
Childhood Education and Family Studies Department
Pre-Departure Meeting Dates
Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
Introduction to course and instructor
Skype conference with Language School administrator from Costa Rica; Q&A
Depart Springfield for San Jose, Costa Rica
Guided tour of La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Class with Dr. Aram, Tour Poaz Volcano
Arrive at Language School in Heredia, Class with Dr. Aram, Meet host families
Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class, guest speaker
San Francisco primary school orientation, Latin cooking class, Spanish class
Lesson planning, Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class
Finish lesson planning, Class with Dr. Aram, Primary school teaching, Spanish Class
Service activity, Spanish class
Travel to Manuel Antonio National Park and hike, Hotel check in, Free time at the beach
Hotel check out, Travel to Monteverde, Meet new host family
Language School orientation, Work on projects, Latin cooking class, Spanish class
San Luis primary school observation, Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class
Trapiche farm tour, Spanish class
San Luis primary school teaching, Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class, Latin dance class
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve guided hike, Free time, Spanish class
Travel to La Fortuna, Free time in town, Tour Sendero Silencio Arenal and Hot Springs
Return to Monteverde and host family
Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class
Cloud Forest school tour and presentation, Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class
Guest lecture/discussion, Spanish class
Cloud Forest canopy tour, Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class
Free time/shopping, Class with Dr. Aram, Spanish class
Transportation to central valley (San Jose), tour of San Jose, National Museum and Theatre, Farewell dinner
Depart San Jose, Costa Rica for Springfield
Photo Journal / Reflective Blog due
Research Project due
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.
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.
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.