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Costa Rica

CofC in Costa Rica 2018: Global Health and Medical Anthropology

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Mar 01, 2018
Program Starts: Jul 09, 2018
Program Ends: Aug 03, 2018
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $2,720
Program Locations: San Joaquin de Flores
Contact Phone: 843-953-0441
Contact Name: Center For International Education
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Lodging
- Meals (many at host family homes and some group dinners)
- Excursions
- Ground transportation
- Overseas medical insurance
- $50 non-refundable application fee (will only be reimbursed if a student is not accepted into the program)

* Program fee subject to change
What is not Included: - Tuition and associated fees
- Round-trip international airfare to/from Costa Rica
- Passport fees
- Personal expenses
Estimated Costs: In addition to the program fee, students will be charged tuition for their courses and be responsible for booking their flights.

The out of state tuition for classes associated with travel are discounted from the Fall and Spring rates.

Scholarships up to $1,500 are available to support CofC degree seeking students. Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, academic merit, 2 faculty recommendations and a personal statement. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Study Abroad > Scholarships.
Program Description


July 9-August 3, 2018 (in Costa Rica from July 15-25)


HEAL 230: Global Health (3 credits)
ANTH 340: Medical Anthropology (3 credits)


This will be a multi-tiered, collaborative, double-course program in Public Health and Anthropology that will focus on healthcare, health culture, and health institutions in Costa Rica.

The classes associated with this program will be structured as hybrid courses with components online, in the field in Costa Rica, and in-class on the College of Charleston campus. The full program dates will be July 9-August 3, roughly coinciding with Summer II scheduling, though students will begin their introduction to the courses earlier. Toward the end of spring semester there will several pre-departure meetings with students enrolled in the program. These meetings will review course format, materials, and go over expectations. Students will also complete several pre-departure activities as part of the grading criteria. These meetings will allow students to meet each other (and the program directors), and are intended to help establish a sense of rapport among program participants. During the first week of the program (7/9-7/13) students will receive course content online to provide contextual knowledge about some of the activities they will engage in while in Costa Rica. This content will include lectures, video clips, and discussion board-based activities which will further allow students to get to know and interact with faculty and each other.

The field component will be from 7/15-7/25. Students will fly into San José and will stay with host families in San Joaquín de Flores. While students will be in the classroom most mornings, the extent of their classroom time will be dependent on whether they are enrolled in one or both courses being offered in the program. In addition to classroom time, there will be multiple academic and cultural activities out of the classroom, such as guest lectures from professionals that work in the public health/medical field, tours of local medical and/or public health related facilities, and visiting/engaging with local community resources. Examples of cultural activities include: a visit to a sustainable farm, a visit to a national park, and dance lessons.

Students will have one free weekend while abroad: Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.

Students will depart from Costa Rica on 7/25 and return to Charleston. Once in Charleston, the class will continue on-campus until 8/3. At CofC, students will attend class and content will be delivered in a face-to-face format. This final week will include end-of-program student presentations, but will also provide an opportunity to debrief students about their experiences abroad.


Dr. Christy Kollath-Cattano
Department of Health and Human Performance

Dr. Kollath-Cattano is an Assistant Professor in Public Health. Dr. Kollath-Cattano has a PhD in Anthropology, which has provided her with extensive knowledge about health in a cross-cultural context. She also has experience working in Global Health efforts related to tobacco control in Latin America. More specifically she has worked with researchers in Mexico and Argentina in order to better understand risk factors for youth smoking initiation and to create prevention policies. She is proficient in Spanish.

Dr. Allison Foley
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Foley is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology with a PhD in Biological Anthropology and experience teaching Medical Anthropology at the College of Charleston. Dr. Foley's research and teaching interests lie in understanding the intersections between social identity, culture, and health. She has studied and worked abroad, helping to lead undergraduate students in archaeological and cultural field work in Scotland and Belize.

Note: For questions regarding on-site program details and course content, please contact the program directors. Any inquiries regarding application processing, billing, or scholarship opportunities can be directed to the Center for International Education (contact information listed above).

*A minimum number of participants is required for all study abroad programs to run

Quick Facts

Population: 4636348
Capital: San Jose
Per-capita GDP: $ 12100
Size: 51100 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 06:00 hours) Central Time (US & Canada)

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Travel Warning: NO

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