The Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) was established 30 years ago, and is a center for analysis, research, and study of Central American environmental and social issues. They focus on conservation, human rights, education, women’s issues public health, sustainable development, environmental studies, politics, and economic development. ICADS offers four program categories: intensive Spanish language courses designed to immerse students in the Costa Rican context, a Summer Internship program, three distinct Study Abroad programs through which students can earn academic credit toward their university degree, and customized short-term programs provided through their collaboration with universities. Program participants learn through lectures, readings, and interaction with locals in both Nicaragua and Costa Rica via voluntary service and internships.
Colton Babladelis, 25
Incredible study abroad experience
I was in Costa Rica with ICADS from Jan. - May 2011, and had the most formative, influential experience of my undergraduate studies. I still frequently reference some of what we did on that trip and...
Study abroad field program with ICADS
ICADS was by far the best part of my college experience. It felt like a truly authentic slice of Costa Rica, far off the beaten path. What is travel without reflection? Just tourism. This is not...
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