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“One indivisible, with pura vida and justice for all”

Spring Break 2020 (April 10-18, 2020) 

Updated Price: $1875

​During  spring break 2020 embrace the ‘pura vida’ for yourself and travel to Costa Rica with professors Delphine Broccard and Brandon Reilly. As part of our commitment to Global Citizenship, this program will highlight the different facets of justice.

You will learn about environmental justice by visiting the community of Nacientes Palmichal, which protects an important watershed area that supplies drinking water to a large portion of San Jose. Your time on the Quitirissi Indigenous Reserve will teach you about humanitarian justice through the lens of displacement and cultural shifts. Moreover, you will set foot in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and discuss cases that promote criminal justice.  Finally, you will visit the grounds of Rainforest Spices, a sustainable farm that produces cacao, vanilla and other spices. You’ll have a chance to sample some of these tasty goodies and learn about sustainable justice along the way!​

Of course, a visit to Costa Rica would not be complete without a trip to Manuel Antonio National Park - one of Costa Rica’s most visited sites - home to many species of birds, insects, and mammals. Its white-sand beaches are sure to appease you!

Program excursions in Costa Rica

Course Description

Global Studies 35 – Field Studies Abroad – Costa Rica – 1 unit

The itinerary for the trip allows students to discover the beautiful country of Costa Rica through the lens of justice and its various facets: environmental, humanitarian,  criminal and educational. Students will learn about the traditions orally passed down by the Quittirissi indigenous people, visit the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and explore the magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park with many species of birds, insects, and mammals.

Faculty Biographies

Program Details

Program provides double accomodations at

The trip also includes all breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners and excursions listed on the itinerary.​​

​Students provide airfare,expenses during free days​​, and meals not included in program

Costa Rica Trip Itinerary​​

Program Costs

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Program Fee

Accommodations, ground transportation, cultural excursions, all breakfasts in the country, 6 lunches and 4 dinners in the country and mandatory iNext medical insurance


*Airfare not included. Students will purchase their airfare separately.

Program fee: First deposit due by Nov 22: $650

Total final deposit due by 

Jan 17: $1225  (Students will be notified of Global Scholarship awards by January 8 and the scholarship amount will be credited to the final deposit)

Tuition for 1-Unit Course

$46 resident tuition

$370 non-resident tuition

International Education Center will register you for class before program departure. You must pay tuition before departure.


Included in program price:

All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners

Budget approx. $ 70 for other meals not included

Total Estimated Costs$1991 plus airfareOnce the minimum number of deposits are received, students will be advised about airfare. Note: Students will purchase their airfare separately.

Additional Costs

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Personal spending money



Course Materials



Passport (new – if you do not have a current passport)

$145 (U.S. Passport fee)

Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of a new passport


SMC Global Citizenship Scholarships available!

FAFSA used to determine eligibility.

Payment Options for the Costa Rica program

Personal Checks, Cashiers Checks, or Money Order (No cash or credit card payments)

Get Your Passport

Dates to Remember

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Informational Sessions

Tues Oct 1st  HSS 254  !1:15 am

Wed Oct 2nd  HSS 104​  8:45 am

Wed Oct 9th   HSS 151  2:15 pm

Tue  Oct 15th  HSS 254  11:15 am

Wed Oct 16th  HSS 104  8:45 am

Wed Oct 23rd  HSS 105  2:15 pm

Wed Oct 30th  HSS 104  8:45 am

Complete the Online Study Abroad application 

Application Deadlines and Payments

Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.​

Final Payment due Friday

Jan. 17, 2019

Complete your application and pay your full deposit to reserve your space

SMC Global Citizenship Scholarship

Last day to meet with Financial Aid Manager Stacy Neal Friday, Jan. 8, 2020

Notification of scholarship amount by Jan. 10, 2020

The scholarship may not be used toward the initial deposit

Mandatory Forms

Overseas Release Form and Medical Release Form due at time of first deposit.

Passport due at time of first deposit

Online Study Abroad application

PDF FileOverseas Release Form

PDF FileMedical Release Form

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current SMC student and take the offered course. If you are not currently an SMC student, apply online.

  • All participants must be 18 years old by November 22, 2019.

  • Have a valid passport by November 22, 2019 . U.S. Citizens do not need a visa to travel to Costa Rica. If you are a permanent resident or SMC F-1 visa student, please contact the Costa Rica consulate in Los Angeles.

  • Pay all program fees and tuition by the deadline. If you are a financial aid recipient, check with the Financial Aid office about using financial aid to your tuition and fees.

  For additional questions, please email: studyabroad@smc.edu