Bilingual Spanish Language & Research Intensive for Health Majors
The goals of this program are to help students improve their language skills and gain familiarity with Costa Rican culture, and to prepare future health care practitioners to work in programs and facilities that serve Spanish speakers. While in Costa Rica, students will take an intensive Spanish language course at the Universidad de Costa Rica and live with a host family to further practice their language skills and be immersed in Costa Rican culture. In addition, a UCR professor will provide small group or individual tutoring in Spanish terminilogy for health care professions.
Students with some Spanish proficiency can engage in exercise immunology research with Exercise Science faculty at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR). Students with no Spanish proficiency can participate in human movement analysis research with other faculty at UCR. Read more about the Pattern Recognition & Intelligent Systems Lab (PRIS) and the Center for Research in Human Movement Sciences lab (CIMOHU) at UCR here and here.
This program is designed for students who do not need to progress in the Spanish course sequence, but want to achieve strong proficiency in the Spanish language and conduct health related research. Please note that the Spanish coursework and credits earned on this program do not fulfill any part of the Liberal Arts & Sciences language requirement, the Spanish minor, or the Spanish major.
Nine hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. Students will enroll in six credit hours of Spanish language. Depending on the student’s language level, the KU Spanish credits will be SPAN 170/171, SPAN 270/271, or SPAN 370/371. In addition, all students will participate in health research for 3 credits of HSES 475 Undergraduate Research in Health, Sport, and Exercise Science. HSES 475 counts as a required elective for Exercise Science majors.
Students will live with host families. The homestay is designed to help students improve their Spanish language proficiency and immerse them in Costa Rican life. Three meals are provided daily. Most students use public transportation to travel to UCR each day.
Open to all KU students with preference given to students pursuing health-related fields of study. Minimum 2.5 GPA required. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.