Technology & Service in Costa Rica
**The application deadline for this program is February 1st, 2019**
**To be accepted into this program, students must submit the following by February 1st, 2019:
- $300 Non-Refundable Deposit
- Completed Medical Clearance Form*
- Meet G.P.A. Requirement or submit an appeal*
*See below for details
Following application, the primary mode of communication from the KSU Education Abroad Office and all other KSU offices pertaining to your education abroad program will be to your @students.kennesaw.edu email account. As a KSU student, you are required to check this regularly.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country and is considered to possess the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide. It is also rapidly progressing in the field of technology, especially in healthcare, biotechnology and environmental science. Costa Rica is also highly committed to ecotourism, safeguarding and conserving the nation's natural beauty. Furthermore, Costa Rica has countless opportunities for volunteers, in areas from literacy to medical services to an overwhelming number of conservation and eco-minded organizations.
The study abroad course for Technology and Service in Costa Rica will provide participants an opportunity to appreciate the technological advancements being made in Costa Rica in the field of biotechnology and healthcare, witness the biodiversity of Costa Rica and experience the life, food, cultures and customs of Costa Rica. Students will visit state of the art technology laboratories, experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica by visits to national parks and forest reserves and immerse themselves in the local community by participating in a service project learning first-hand the lives, customs, traditions and food of Costa Rica.
Program Dates (subject to change)
May 22 – 28, 2019
Itinerary: Technology & Service in Costa Rica Itinerary
Program Cost (subject to change)
$3,300.00 includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Costa Rica, local in-country transportation, housing accommodations, emergency health insurance, and some meals.
***Tuition is not included in the program cost. Tuition is paid separately. ***
***All KSU students if eligible, will receive the Global Learning Scholarship. For more information, please visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/gls***
A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application. This deposit will be subtracted from your total fee. Payments are broken down into two installments:
March 1st, 2019 - 1st installment of $1,500.00
March 15th, 2019 - 2nd installment of $1,500.00
If eligible, the Global Learning Scholarship, award amount will be applied to your second installment.
For information about scholarships available for this program please visit our website.
Medical Clearance Form Information
A completed medical clearance form is required by February 1st, 2019 for acceptance into this program. In order to complete the medical clearance form please follow these steps:
1. Print out the Medical Clearance form provided to you once you begin an education abroad program application.
2. Print out the Physical assessment form. You can find the form below in the Safety & Security Section of this brochure page.
3. Print out the program description located above in this brochure page.
4. Take the medical clearance form, physical assessment, and program description with you to a licensed medical provider.
5. Once the entire medical clearance form is completely filled, please send it to the Education Abroad Office via mail, fax, or in-person.
Global Learning Scholarship
***All KSU students are eligible to apply for the KSU Global Learning Scholarship.***
In order to receive scholarship, students MUST submit the Financial Aid Acknowledgment Form to the Office of Financial Aid (located in Kennesaw Hall; firstname.lastname@example.org) AND complete the Global Learning Scholarship online application by the deadline.
- Summer 2019 Programs (including Maymester): January 15 - March 15
- The award for this program is $1,000.00. (Award subject to change, if eligible)
- The Global Learning Scholarship may be deducted from the 2nd payment installment.
**Please note that this program does include built-in community service and students applying to this program will not be required to complete community service prior to receiving this award, if eligible.**
As of 1/19/18, students exempt from paying the Global Learning Fee are eligible for the scholarship, however the award amount for exempt students is $100 less than the amount awarded to students who pay the fee. This includes 100% e-learners, students 62 of age and over, and off-campus sites, such as Paulding or Cobb Galleria.
***Please see http://dga.kennesaw.edu/educationabroad/financialaid.php for more details.***
Emerson Scholarship for the Advancement of International Education
The Emerson Scholarship provides financial assistance to support students who desire to participate in a Kennesaw State summer education abroad program outside of Western Europe, that includes a formal community engagement component. Recipients are awarded up to $2000 that will be applied directly towards the fees associated with their education abroad program.Minimum 3.0 GPA required
***Please see http://dga.kennesaw.edu/educationabroad/financialaid.php for more details.***
- Must be a full-time undergraduate student
- Must be able to demonstrate financial need
- Application deadline: October 15, 2018.
Students will reside in hotels in the San Jose area and will stay in volunteer lodging through the host community while participating in this program's service project.
Safety & Security
During pre-departure preparations and meetings, students will receive information on health considerations, travel safety and other important details to know before traveling abroad in this program.
For up-to-date information on Costa Rica from the State Department, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/CostaRica.html
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also provides useful information for travelers going to Costa Rica and provides a list of vaccinations and/or health concerns to be aware of: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/costa-rica?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler.
Faculty advice for traveling on this program:
Costa Rica Health and Safety Handout
Physical Assessment Form - Necessary for Medical Clearance Form!
Students will take CHEM 3200 and receive three credit hours for the course.
CHEM 3200 - Culture and Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)
Pre-requisites: With permission of instructor OR a grade of "C" or better in CHEM 3361
***NOTE: All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this program. If taking this course for graduate credit, students must have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible. ***
February 1st, 2019
A $300 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application.
- You will NOT be considered for this program until you have paid the deposit and turned in your medical clearance form. Failure to do so by the deadline will result in not being accepted onto the program.
- All undergraduate students must have and maintain at least a 2.5 G.P.A. to be eligible for this program. Students with a 2.0 or higher can appeal their G.P.A. to the Education Abroad G.P.A. Appeal Committee. You can appeal here: https://kennesawstateuniversity-vbzux.formstack.com/forms/education_abroad_appeal
Dr. Rajnish Singh
Dr. Wei Zhou
Dr. Rajnish Singh is originally from India and has traveled extensively to India and other countries in Europe and Asia. She has also led a group of students in a previous study abroad program to Puerto Rico in Spring 2016.
Dr. Wei Zhou is a faculty member from China and she too has traveled extensively to her hometown and other parts of Asia and Latin America. Both faculty members are experienced world travelers and knowledgeable about different cultures and traditions globally.
**To make an appointment to speak with the Education Abroad Program Coordinator for this program, please email Thu-Hang Tran at email@example.com**
EDUCATION ABROAD REFUND POLICY & PROCEDURES
All application deposits are non-refundable, except in the case of:
*Program cancellation by Kennesaw State University
*A wait-listed student who is not added into the program
*A student who has applied to one education abroad program and clearly notifies the Education Abroad Office--in writing and prior to the application deadline--of his/her desire change the application to an alternate KSU program
Refunds for application fees will be issued in the same form of payment originally used for purchase. Please be sure to retain all account information used for purchase and notify the Education Abroad Office (EAO) in advance if there is a problem with your account. The EAO will not be responsible for refunds sent to closed accounts.
Upon registration for the KSU faculty-led education abroad academic course(s), the designated program fee, which is separate from tuition, is charged to the student's account. The student has up to one month to pay the program fee in full, following a specific payment schedule. Failure to pay the program fee in full by the stated deadline may result in deletion from the program.
All program fees are non-refundable. In all cases, the student will only receive recoverable fees, subject to the rules/policies of external service providers. Any such refund will not include the initial application fee and will not be issued until after the education abroad program is completed.
Payment and refund of tuition will follow the normal processes establish by the Offices of the Registrar and Bursar. Students wishing to withdraw from any study abroad program or course must submit their request in writing through the Education Abroad Office.