Costa Rica (LASP)
Latin American Studies Program
In conjunction with the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox students can participate in the Latin American Studies Program (LASP). Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program allows students to experience cross-cultural living, to deepen their understanding of the Lordship of Christ in an international context, and to explore the economic, political, social and cultural realities of North America's relationship with its Latin neighbors.
For the first six weeks, students attend intensive daily language classes at the Instituto de Lengua Espanola. In the weeks following, interdisciplinary seminar classes explore Latin America's history, politics, economics, religion, culture, and ecology. Four specialized concentrations are available to LASP students: International Business: Management and Marketing in the fall semester; Environmental Science and Sustainable Development in the spring semester; Advanced Language and Literature; and Latin American Studies (to meet the needs of Spanish majors). No language pre-requisite except for Spanish majors.
LASP students not participating in a concentration spend two weeks of the semester in a service opportunity or internship in Costa Rica to get hands-on experience working in a developing country. Opportunities are available in a variety of areas, such as education, development, health, agriculture, and environmental stewardship.
*The LASP application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus. APPROVED FOR SPANISH MAJORS. There is not language requriement for non-Spanish majors.
Students are housed with Christian Costa Rican families chosen by the LASP. Costa Rican homes may be relatively simple, so students may share a room with a "sister" or "brother." When appropriate, students should expect to help out around the house. Meals will likely be very simple and students will be served the same food that their family eats. Rice and beans are staples in Costa Rica and are usually eaten once or twice a day.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees (an additional fee is required to attend some programs). Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare is additional.