If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Costa Rican Culture, Families, and Health

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location San Jose, Monteverde, La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Course # SA 10217
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/15/23 to 05/30/23

Program Leader

Name Zoe Taylor
Email zetaylor@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

Join us for a Maymester study abroad experience to Costa Rica! (tentative dates are May 15-30th, 2023)

**Please note this program is still under construction and costs and dates should be available towards the end of Fall semester. Please email me if you would like to be kept up to date on information about this program: zetaylor@purdue.edu

This 3-credit course in partnership with the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica focuses on children, youth, and families in a Latin-American cultural setting. It exposes students to the culture, life, and environmental conditions of Costa Rican children and families as well as to institutions that support them through cultural immersion, volunteer experiences, and engagement with the Costa Rican people. We will experience Costa Rican life and families through visiting institutions that assist children and their families, learning about Costa Rican family values, the Costa Rican education and health care system, interacting with locals, homestays, visiting family-run farms, taking cooking, dance, and Spanish classes, and participating in service learning experiences. In addition, participants will have opportunities to experience the natural beauty and ecotourism activities for which Costa Rica is famous.

'Pura Vida" is the motto of Costa Rica, and translated means 'simple life' or 'nothing but life.' It is an emotion, an attitude, and a way of life. It represents Costa Ricans’ relaxed attitude towards life, no matter the circumstance. In this spirit, our program is designed to increase your curiosity and cultural competence about another culture, increase your self awareness and openness to engaging with new experiences, and to push you to ask deeper questions and seek out answers about other other cultures and experiences.

I hope you will join us on this exciting and unforgettable experience.

¡Pura Vida!

Dr. Zoe Taylor       

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies

HDFS Costa Rica Study Abroad 2023 Brochure





Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.