Why Participate in a Seminar Program?  Taking your studies abroad can enhance your global learning and understanding, along with helping career growth and advantages. Studies have shown that studying abroad can help students get into graduate school, gives workplace adaptability, and offers unique perspective on cultural awareness. Take your studies to the United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, or Costa Rica this spring and do something unique with your break.

8 nights

Inclusions

  • Ground Transportation
  • 8 Nights Accommodation (homestay or hotel, depending on program)
  • Guide and Staff Support
  • Site Visits and Guest Lectures
  • Admission Fees and Cultural Visits
  • Embedded Medical Insurance
  • Country Guidebooks
  • 24/7 Emergency Support

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Seminar Program Information

Spring Break 2020 Study Abroad Programs: Making Spring Break Count

  • Open Access: These programs are open to any U.S. college or university student with a 2.0 GPA or above in good academic and social standing at their home college or university campus. For many students, a semester, year, or even a summer study abroad program may not fit their schedule for academic, financial, or other personal reasons. Many campuses do not have programs providing students with the opportunity to study abroad during spring break. These programs have been developed to be open to any student at any U.S. college or university who have that spring break week available for study abroad.
  • Thematic Focus: By creating an academic theme to support each of these programs, it will be clearer to students, faculty, and staff (and parents) how these learning opportunities will be relevant for student academic, professional, and personal learning and growth. Whether the subject area is part of a student’s major, minor or general education interest, the learning abroad is designed to enhance the knowledge of each participant in that country, region, and subject area.
  • Program Sponsor: WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs has been operating programs in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom for many years. We have a permanent office in each location to ensure effective support of these spring break programs.
  • Expertise of On-Site Faculty: Many of the faculty who will be providing lectures for these programs come from local universities, with expertise in the subject-matter area that is the focus of each of these programs.
  • No Pre-Requisite Courses are Required: Readings will be provided to students prior to their departure to provide a relevant background to enhance the learning abroad. However, the learning abroad will be focused on the international context of the area of focus, which is intended to provide insights and knowledge about the academic area of focus of the program.
  • Credit for these Programs: Integrating Learning to Existing Home Campus Coursework: To reduce costs to students and enable students from a broad range of colleges and universities to participate, we have designed these programs so that they would be relevant for a student to integrate into the learning they are doing at any U.S. college or university. For instance, if a student enrolls in the program in Costa Rica with a focus on Environmental Studies, they can find ways to integrate the learning into an environmental studies course, other science course, or global studies course on their campus by meeting with their faculty to confirm how it could be counted as regular credit or extra credit in support of the coursework required by that instructor. Whether students are new to that academic area or are an upper division student with that area of focus, important learning will be available based on the local context of the curricular area of focus. Although upper division students may have a stronger general background in the subject area, they will be learning about the subject from the perspective of the region and country of the program they will be participating in.
  • Home Campus Pre-Departure Advisement: From the Study Abroad Office to the Academic Departments: We will be providing a pre-departure home campus advisement form that students can use to confirm how the study abroad program learning can be integrated into their home campus spring semester 2020 courses.
  • Home Campus Financial Aid: We suggest that students meet with staff in their home campus study abroad office and financial aid office to confirm whether they will have access to home campus financial aid to support participation in one of these programs. Once students are able to receive confirmation that the study abroad program will count towards one or more courses they are taking during spring 2020, they can meet with staff in the financial aid office on their campus to confirm whether additional grants, scholarships, or loans may be made available to support the costs of program participation.

Host Universities and Content

WorldStrides Global Academic Team

Marketing and Business in London
These dedicated curriculum consultants create customized academic engagements and will arrange company visits for this program. Each member of our Global Academic Team collaborates with companies, NGOs, schools, governments, and WorldStrides’ extensive network of professional contacts.

Universidad Veritas and Universidad Latina

Environmental Studies in Costa Rica
Universidad Veritas was founded in 1975 as the Collegium Veritias, a college of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, the first private university in Costa Rica. Veritas University is now an independent private university, fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and authorized by the National Council of Private Higher Education (Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Privada, or CONESUP). The University is renowned in Costa Rica for its design, art, architecture and photography programs. In addition, the University welcomes international students to study Spanish through its International Programs Department (DPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,850 Costa Rican students and about 320 international students during any given semester or summer. Universidad Latina - Heredia is a highly regarded private university and part of the Laureate International Universities network. The campus is made up of a number of buildings interspersed with sun-lit courtyards, green spaces and quiet tropical gardens. Founded in 1985 as the Universidad Internacional de Costa Rica, the school's undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Today, the school offers undergraduate courses in a wide area of practical sciences, education, and business-related fields. The university also has a metropolitan campus in the capital city of San José, located 15-30 minutes by bus or car away from the central campus in Heredia.

Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra

Communications and Journalism in Dominican Republic
Ranked the 2nd best university in the Dominican Republic by the annual QS World University Rankings, the Pontifical Catholic University "Madre y Maestra" (PUCMM) is one of the country's most respected universities. Founded in 1962 in Santiago by the Dominican Order of the Roman Catholic Church, the University began its teaching endeavors in the fields of Law, Education, and Philosophy with sixty students and fifteen professors. The University has grown considerably over the past four decades and now enrolls nearly 13,000 students at three different campuses pursuing coursework in disciplines ranging from the Natural and Social Sciences and Humanities to Business, Engineering, and Health Sciences. The University is fully accredited by the State Department of Higher Education, Science, and Technology (Secretaría de Estado de Educación Superior, Ciencia y Tecnología). Around 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students study at the main campus in Santiago. The University is, in its own words, an "institution committed to academic excellence and that has among its goals the objective search for truth, the transmission and increase of knowledge, and the integral development of the human person."

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

WorldStrides is committed to making international travel accessible for students. To find out how to apply for $500 in need-based assistance or our merit-based $3,000 Higher Education Traveler Scholarship, click here.

For Parents

Thank you for considering this global opportunity for your students, and for trusting us with the important responsibility of educating them. In addition to building their resume and their network, we believe a program like this builds essential perspective that will set them on a path to becoming more global citizens!

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