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Health Perspectives in Costa Rica


San Jose, Costa Rica

Program Description

In this health care professional course students from various majors will explore the health needs and the health and human services delivery system in Costa Rica, as well as the history, culture, and beauty of this Central American Country. Students will compare and contrast issues and professional roles that impact health in the U.S. and Costa Rica. This immersion experience includes home stay with a host family and Spanish language study

Location Description

San José is the capital of Costa Rica and the nation's largest city. Located in the Central Valley, San José is a large city, the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. Located in Costa Rica's Central Valley, San Jose is close to rainforests, national parks, biological reserves, rafting rivers, colorful sandy beaches, open-air markets, shops, a wide variety of restaurants, coffee houses, art and music festivals, and museum. The population of San José Canton is 365,799, comprises a third of the country's population, and is considered to be one of the safest, purist, and less violent cities in the region. The Universidad de Iberoamerica (UNIBE) is a private Costa Rican university in San Jose, working in partnership with JMU to offer the summer study abroad course.


Linda Sobel | | Nursing
Julie Strunk | | Nursing


Accommodations will be provided for through host families, with two meals per day included in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

Students will meet several times Spring semester to review Costa Rican cultural awareness and basic Spanish phrases to prepare for home-stay and other Costa Rican experiences.

This course is targeted towards sophomore and above health related majors and minors.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • JMU Short-Term Application Form

  • A supplemental essay completing the following statement:
    "I would like to learn about health care in Costa Rica because..."

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


NSG 490: Special Topics: Health Perspectives in Costa Rica (4 credits)