Location: Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Term: Fall semester (Sept-Dec), spring semester (Feb-May)
Type of Program: Field research or internship program; intensive language study
Language of Instruction: Spanish/English
Fields of Study: Social justice issues, environmental studies, sustainable development, intensive Spanish language and culture
Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level Spanish courses
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 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 ICADS Program Center
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. Students can choose from three semester program options:
Homestay with a local family. Visit the ICADS webpage for more information about the families and the homestay process.
"Learning with Local Youth" Photo by Emily Coble 10F, Fall 2012 Program Participant
If you are not a Hampshire student but interested in ICADS' programs, please apply directly through ICADS. Hampshire College is the school of record for some ICADS programs and can issue transcripts. Please contact ICADS for more information.
Non-Hampshire students may be eligible to receive financial aid from their home institution while participating in an ICADS program. Hampshire College cannot process financial aid for non-Hampshire students; any aid you receive would be at the discretion of the home institution. Please follow these steps to see if you are eligible to receive aid:
Hampshire College will complete the host institution section of the Agreement and return it to the home institution as instructed.
Hampshire Exchange Fees and Financial Aid provides detailed information on the fee policy, withdrawal policy, and how financial aid may apply.
The Hampshire Exchange program with ICADS is open to division II or first semester division III Hampshire College students.
Hampshire students should review detailed information on eligibility requirements and policies in the Hampshire College Handbook under Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Courses. Other students should refer to ICADS.
Contact the GEO program manager:
Associate Professor of Ecology and Entomology
School of Natural Science