Study Abroad in San Joaquin de Flores for Medical Professionals
Program Details


  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Fairfield University)
  • Great option for pre-med/nursing students


  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to students with four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are encouraged to contact API prior to applying for more specific information about entry requirements.

Add on a Volunteer Program!

  • API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
  • Volunteer Add-On Options

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
May 14, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018


SUMMER 1 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Apr 15, 2018

Academic Program


90 hours per session

6 semester credits

Students in this study abroad program will complete two courses and earn a total of six semester credits. The core course, entitled “Communication for Medical Professions,” is designed to help students to communicate more effectively with Spanish speakers requiring medical attention and to learn how cultural norms can influence interactions between medical professionals and their patients. Students will extensively study the Costa Rican healthcare system. In addition to the core course, students will complete a standard advanced Spanish grammar course. Students who have already completed advanced grammar courses at their home university are welcome to select a culture course from the Intensive Language and Culture Program. Students are advised, however, that the “Communication for Medical Professions” course is very time-intensive and culture course options may be limited due to scheduling conflicts.


API students will receive a transcript from U.S. accredited Fairfield University upon completion of the program.

What’s Included

  • Advising
  • @api Online System
  • Orientation Materials and Resources
  • Access to International Phone Plans
  • Peer Mentors
  • Social Networking
  • Scholarships
  • Airport Reception
  • Resident Directors
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing (including meals and laundry)
  • Tuition
  • Tutoring
  • Language & Culture Tools
  • Medical & Life Insurance
  • Excursions (overnight, day)
  • Social & Cultural Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Re-Entry Materials & Support
  • Post-Program Evaluation
  • Transcript
  • Alumni Network & Professional Development Opportunities

Program Coordinator

2014-02-11 at 18-10-46Hannah Stack is the San Joaquín de Flores Program Program Coordinator and will work with you through your departure to Costa Rica.

Resident Director

Esteban López is the San Joaquín de Flores Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Costa Rica.