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Nursing and Healthcare in Costa Rica: An Inter Professional Perspective


San Jose, Costa Rica

Program Description

In this inter-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 museums. 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.


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Students will stay with a host family who will provide breakfast and dinner each day. Laundry facilities should be available for each student. Internet access will be available at each home. UNIBE provides all transportation to learning functions. The number of families willing to house students will determine if students are paired or stay by themselves at their assigned home.

Students will be allocated money for lunches during their stay. Host families will provide breakfast and dinner meals.

Additional Items to Consider

All students must provide a copy of their passport and immunization record. 

It is suggested that the student have a basic knowledge of Level 1 Spanish.

This program is best intended for any HTH, KIN, BIOL, NSG or NUTR majors or minors as well as candidates from Pre-Professional Health programs

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 3.25

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

apply now Waitlist Only

This program is only accepting applications for the waitlist. Should space become available, your application will be considered.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


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

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.