Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Learning, Costa Rica

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This course will provide the context for an authentic cross-cultural experience. Students will embark on a two week field adventure in the breath-taking, beautiful Central American nation of Costa Rica. The course instructor and students will expl... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
Based on 22 Reviews
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September 10, 2017 Breathtaking!
I was able to gain the confidence to travel to bigger countries by myself with the teachings I learned during my travels. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
September 04, 2016 Pura Vida!!!
It was the most adventurous thing I have ever done, and it has encouraged me to travel the world. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
August 26, 2016 Informational
I learned a lot about the culture. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
Yes - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
September 02, 2015 Best Two Weeks Of My Life!
I learned that every country has a different culture and Costa Rica is a laid back type of place. Everyone likes to live it up and is friendly. It was definitely worth while. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Learning, Costa Rica
September 29, 2014 Pura Vida
I learned that I have to try new things, not be afraid, and experience life in the best way that I can by taking risks and putting all fear aside. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Learning, Costa Rica
I learned so many things by studying abroad. Before traveling, my views of the world were narrowed and influence by the American culture. I had no idea that things could be so different. This try taught me to learn to relax, be accepting of others who may be different than I am, and to be open to new ideas. It was definitely wor... - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
September 18, 2014 I Can't Wait To Go Back!
It was completely worth it a hundred times over. I learned so much about how I am capable of adapting to new places, learning quickly and enjoying every minute of every experience. It was all about living in the moment, and that was something I was able to bring home with me; "Pura Vida!" - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Learning, Costa Rica
I gained a stronger sense of cultural identity and developed a very open mind to new things and different people. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
September 02, 2014 Amazing Costa Rica!
I learned about different culture. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Learning, Costa Rica
This was definitely a worthwhile experience. Dr. Armstrong is beyond amazing. He has changed my life and how I will view the world. I learned that the world is much larger than I ever thought as an American. The views of others are different and valid and that we must do more to learn about the mosaic of cultures entering our sc... - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Experience, Costa Rica
I learned what it was like to be the "cultural other." I also learned how to be a world traveler by having to budget all of my expenses. The discussions that we had during class opened my eyes and caused me to really think hard about a variety of things. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
YES! I learned how to be emerged in a different culture. I will be able to understand a little bit of how future ESL students might feel in my classroom. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
November 27, 2016 Costa Rica
I got to see a new country and see just how different things are outside the United States. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Learning, Costa Rica
August 26, 2016 ¡Pura Vida!
I learned how it feels to be a minority. It is not easy living in a country that speaks Spanish. I am not fluent in Spanish, however, I did adjust and learn phrases that helped me speak with the locals. You come into the country with preconceived ideas, but you leave the country with a totally different perspective. I gained a b... - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
I gained a better understanding of what life is like outside of America and I feel that the experience will help me in furthering empathy. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
September 13, 2015 Life Changing
I learned about myself and it was definitely worth it - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
This trip was very worthwhile and learned a lot about myself and how other people live. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
It was most definitely worthwhile! I had never been out of the country before, and this trip opened my mind to a new way of thought. I'd experienced different cultures within the United States, but nothing can shell shock you, and teach you, more than submerging yourself into a foreign country. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
I learned about a new culture, new language, customs, etc. Yes, it was worthwhile. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
September 11, 2014 Pura Vida!
To live life more relaxed and happy, you are not promised tomorrow - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
I have traveled before, but I really enjoyed being with all of those in the class that were new to travel. I learned so much from those who were experiencing it for the first time than I could from traveling by myself or with seasoned travelers. It helps me remember just how much travel can broaden one's mind, and why I love to ... - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
August 29, 2014 Pura Vida!!!
Loved it, learned a ton, bringing the Tico life back to Texas! - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
Since the class was all about culture I believe that this was one of the best programs to go on and learn about culture. The culture is so diverse in Costa Rica that while you were traveling you didn't know how the culture would be in that region, and that was a fun surprise. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Cross-Cultural Experience, Costa Rica
Past Review Pura Vida!
I learned that there are so many different ways to live. And that you shouldn't judge people just because they live differently than you. It was very worthwhile and such an eye opening experience. - Stephen F. Austin State University View Entire Review

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This course will provide the context for an authentic cross-cultural experience. Students will embark on a two week field adventure in the breath-taking, beautiful Central American nation of Costa Rica. The course instructor and students will explore multiple cultural, social, and natural environments to include cities, towns, villages, schools, rainforests, mountain regions, coastal areas, and agricultural zones. An appreciation for indigenous flora, fauna, language, and geography will be cultivated and integrated into the culture-learning process, as well as an enhanced understanding of globalization realities.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Latin American Studies
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