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This program offers Hampshire students with Spanish language ability the opportunity to study in Costa Rica and Nicaragua for one semester. Students live with a Spanish-speaking family while they incorporate an internship or a more structured field course into their academic studies.
(The image above was taken at Finca la Flor de Para'so, an organic farm and ICADS Internship Site.) Photo by Emily Coble 10F, Fall 2012 Program Participant
The Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) was created in 1986 to fill the information gap in foreign policy between North American citizens and their governments, promoting a deeper understanding of the Central American Region. ICADS, a non-profit foundation located in San José, Costa Rica, is a center for study, research, and analysis of Central American social and environmental issues. They focus on women's issues, economic development, environmental studies, public health, education, human rights, journalism, community activism, and wildlife conservation.
The ICADS Program Center
This program is available to Hampshire students who are in good academic and behavioral standing. Other students should apply directly to ICADS. Detailed information on Hampshire eligibility requirements and policies is available under the Eligibility Requirements in the Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Course section of the Hampshire College Handbook.
Prerequisite: A minimum of two semesters of college-level Spanish courses strongly recommended prior to participation in either program.
Fall Term: September-December
Spring Term: February-May
Homestay with a local family.
Semester tuition fees paid to Hampshire College. A travel stipend may be awarded by GEO to help offset the cost of airfare.
"Learning with Local Youth" Photo by Emily Coble 10F, Fall 2012 Program Participant
Please contact the GEO program advisor for the Hampshire Exchange Program through ICADS for all questions regarding this program and how to apply to it.
Associate Professor of Ecology and Entomology
School of Natural Sciencebschultz@hampshire.edu
Elizabeth (Betsy) Hartmann
Professor of Development Studies
School of Critical Social InquiryehSS@hampshire.edu
Spring 2016 Program
Friday, October 16, 2015Fall 2016 Program
Friday, March 4, 2016