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ACM Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
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Program Sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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 Provider:
ACM - Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Program Term(s):
Semester only
Minimum Class Standing:
Minimum GPA:
Previous Language Study Req?:
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Language courses offered:
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Areas of Study:
Biochemistry, Bioethics, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies/Sustainability, Latin American, Latina/o, and Caribbean Studies, Molecular Biology, Pre-Health, Pre-Med, Pre-Veterinary, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Language & Literature, Urban Studies
Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based
Additional Program Options:
Community Engagement, Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:
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Experience living and working as an independent field researcher in the beautiful, diverse nation of Costa Rica on the ACM Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities program.

For more than 50 years, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest has built dynamic connections throughout Costa Rica to offer students this distinctive, research-based, off-campus study program.

Costa Rica spring photoYou’ll split your time between the capital city of San Jose and a site in Costa Rica specifically selected for your field research topic. Spanish language instruction is tailored to your needs as a field researcher in the Costa Rican cultural context.

You'll have flexibility in setting your own schedule and research goals and will work with prominent research specialists and scholars who are matched with you based on your specific research interests. These advisors will assist you in all aspects of the research process, from proposal preparation to field work to writing and presenting your paper. Many students have presented their research projects at conferences and published their papers in academic journals.

  • Spanish Language and Culture: Designed to support you in your field research, this course covers Costa Rican cultural norms, research strategies, Spanish grammar, specialized vocabulary, and pronunciation.
  • Field Research Design: Research opportunities are available in your area of interest in the environmental and natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.
  • Field Research: You'll be immersed in the implementation of a research study project, collecting, recording, and analyzing data in consultation with a local advisor.
  • Research Paper and Seminar Course: During the final weeks of the program, you will return to San Jose to complete your research paper in consultation with your advisor and present the results to the group.
In addition to the spring semester schedule, ACM offers this Field Research program on a spring quarter/trimester schedule.

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