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  • Locations: Alajuelita, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Biomedical Sciences (BMS)
Minimum Required GPA: 2.0 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Homestay Language Courses Offered: No
Internship or Service Learning: Service Learning College Designation: CHHS
Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Spring
Program Description:
Fimric Costa Rica


As a volunteer in Costa Rica, you will have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the community of Alajuelita! FIMRC's centrally located clinic serves as home base for all volunteers where you will work alongside our clinic team during daily operations and assist with innovative public health and psychological initiatives.

Over the course of your program you'll receive an unfiltered experience in health care field work abroad, and learn about the tremendous impact that even one person can have. We will tailor your experience based on current needs, your interests, training, and amount of time that you spend with FIMRC on-site in Alajuelita. All volunteers will find a wealth of opportunities to make a difference!

Program Fee: $2,374

  • $1,140 will be billed to MSU
  • $1,234 must be paid directly to FIMRC for housing & administrative fees

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations (Paid Directly to FIMRC)
  • In Country Transportation
  • 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:
  • BMS 400 (2)
  • IDS 297 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Colette Witkowski
Department Head, Biomedical Sciences


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
Sept 11, Sept 18, Oct 30 Informational Meetings (Only attend one)
January 15 First Formal Meeting
January 29 Spanish Speaking Meeting
February 26 Final Pre-Program Meeting
Program Itinerary   
March 10 Depart for Costa Rica
March 11 TBD
March 12 Observe doctor; Create health education materials
March 13 Work in pharmacy; Assist with dance therapy
March 14 Patient intake; Assist with kids' health education
March 15 Observe doctor; Assist at special needs home
March 16 Observe psychological consults; Health education with mothers
March 17 TBD
March 18 Return from Costa Rica
Post-Program Meetings Topic
March 17 Turn in Reflection Journal & Time Sheet
March 19 Focus Group
April 26 Presentation Meeting

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.