San José

Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS): Field Program

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of language classes, a seminar, research, and fieldwork. Courses are taught in English/Spanish. On-site orientation and fieldtrips are included.

  • Fields of study: Environmental studies, sustainable development, Spanish language
  • Eligibility: 9.0 cumulative GPA; two years college-level Spanish (through Spanish 44); environmental studies course recommended
  • Number of program participants: 25

Living Arrangements

Students live in private homes. Meals are taken with the host family.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early September to early December
  • Spring: Early February to early May


  • Visa Information: After acceptance, ICADS will provide you with specifics about the visa requirements.
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