San José

Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS)

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, tutorials, language study and research.. Courses are taught primarily in Spanish. Internships arranged. On-site orientation and fieldtrips are included.

  • Reviewed by: Faculty: Cindy Forster Staff: Neva Barker
  • Fields of study: Internships, public health, women's issues, sociology, development studies
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; two years college-level Spanish (through Spanish 44); 3-5 courses in major.
  • Number of program participants: 25

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes. Meals are taken with the host family and Scripps provides a stipend for lunches.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to early December
  • Spring: Late January to early May


  • Visa Information: After acceptance, ICADS will provide you with specifics about the visa requirements.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between San Jose and Los Angeles.
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