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  • Locations: Atenas, Costa Rica; Nicoya Penninsula, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall Travel Study
  • Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Travel Study 2024 09/06/2024 ** Rolling Admission 01/02/2025 01/12/2025

** 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.
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Program Description:

Faculty-Led Costa Rica - Health and Aging

Nicoya view
The Program
This course will explore various aspects of health and aging, using Costa Rica as a case study. Costa Rica is home to one of the world’s ?ve “Blue Zones”- regions of the world where people live much longer than average. Students in this travel study will have the opportunity to visit this Blue Zone (Nicoya Peninsula) and interact with elders and health leaders in the community. They will also have the unique opportunity to study a healthcare system that is considered one of the strongest in Latin America and consists of two complementary systems: the government-run universal healthcare system, known as the “Caja,” and the private system. Students will study both systems and engage in site visits. We will also learn about traditional medicine, visiting an Indigenous community and an herb farm to learn from different types of traditional healers. This course is also an international community-based learning course (and thus, can earn Honors Credit!) and students will engage with elders in a variety of activities, both in the Blue Zone, as well as in a senior center in San José, Costa Rica. During the fall semester, the course meets 2-3 Wednesdays/month from 1:00-2:30.
 Blue Zone resident
Location Costa Rica: San Jose, Atenas, Nicoya Peninsula
Duration January 7-18, 2025
Eligibility 2.5 GPA, Spanish 321 and 322, or Spanish 325 and 326, others will be considered by consent of the instructor
Language English and Spanish
Course Selection 3 credits - 491: SPANISH, PUBHLTH, SOCWORK and 691: SOCWORK (graduate students)
Application Deadline May 31, 2024
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Estimated Program Fee $5320
Program Fee Includes Airfare, housing, excursions, indicated group meals, CISI insurance, airport transfers
Program Fee Does Not Include Transportation to O'Hare, non group meals, passports, recommended/required immunizations and incidentals
Tentative Itinerary Costa Rica Info Sheet 2024.pdf
Blue Zone Lady
Faculty Contacts:
Dr. Parys:
Dr. Rowe:

Office of Global Experiences Contacts:                        
 204 McCutchan Hall 262 472 5759                                            
Global Experience Coordinator:
Han Ngo 262 472 5757