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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: J-Term
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Program Description:
Costa Rica photoThe following information is subject to change.

The Costa Rica cross-cultural course is a pure general education offering that seeks to expose the student to the people, culture and ways of life of this amazingly diverse country.  The base of operations is a former Bible institute in the capitol city of San Jose.  Three excursions are included:  one to the Caribbean coast; one to a cloud forest; and one to the Pacific coast.  Students will also enjoy a five-night homestay.  While Spanish is not required it is very helpful.  Many of the guest speakers are involved in service or ministry.  See the INFO sheet for more information. 
Estimated Course Fee: $2,700


Faculty Biographies:

Dr. Bob Kilmer, leads the course and has a different faculty colleague each year.  He led the Costa Rican cross-cultural in 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2018.   Dr. Kilmer serves the college in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.  He has taught artificial intelligence, business, computer science, information systems, mathematics and statistics courses at Messiah College for 20 years.

Dr. Scott Weaver serves the college in the Department of Computer and Information Science teaching mainly web-related and database courses. Dr. Weaver grew up overseas in the Philippines and has extensive travel abroad experience to Spain, Rome, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, Peru, and others. He has participated in cross cultural trips to Costa Rica and Burkina Faso.

Other Information:

2019 Costa Rica CC Info Sheet.docx
2019 Costa Rica CC Itinerary.doc


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2019 06/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.