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  • Locations: Irazu Volcano, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica; San Ramon, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/29/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/14/2019 07/28/2019

** 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:
Program Type: Tarleton Faculty-Led Academic Area: Social Work
Language Requirement: No Language of Instruction: English
Open to non-majors: Yes Minimum GPA: 2.0
Classification: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate Tarleton Faculty: Dr. Darla Beaty, Dr. Melody Loya
Program Description:

Costa Rica - International Social Work

This course and program can be applied to many majors - it is not restricted to Social Work!
Department Head:
Dr. Melody Loya

Faculty Leader:
Dr. Darla Beaty
Travel Dates:
July 14 - July 28,  2019

SOCW 4059/SOCW 5390 - International Social Work
This course focuses on social policies and cultural values, primarily centered on women and children. The core component of the course is a comparison of social policies and programs in Costa Rica, comparing their social welfare systems to those in the United States. We will explore issues of immigration and opportunity, primarily as it impacts Nicaraguans in Costa Rica, drawing parallels with issues in the United States.

The central focus of the course is experiential learning in the form of travel to Costa Rica during May and early June of 2018. Home stays, lectures by local providers, social workers, and a visit to a university will be among the highlights of our experience. We will visit an elementary school, historical sites, museums, and agencies. We will go to local markets, walk down the side of a volcano, go ziplining, and will tour a coop coffee farm.

The program is appropriate for a wide variety of majors. Please contact the faculty leaders for more information!
SOCW 4059 or SOCW 5390
2.0 GPA
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate students
Willingness to learn
Spanish not required - a translator accompanies us!
Approximate Cost:
Does not include tuition and fees
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas "If Applicable" well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the U.S. Passports & International Travel.
International Education Scholarship

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid at Tarleton

Tarleton in San Jose
Cerro Negro

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