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Costa Rica Cross-Cultural Course
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: J-Term
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: MC applicants only
Budget Sheets J-Term
Fact Sheet:
Open Doors Flag: Include
Program Description:
The 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 Costa Rica CC photodiverse 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 and 2017.   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 19 years.

Dr. Kim Yunez teaches Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and has been preparing students for study abroad for twenty five years.  She has been a key player in Messiah College’s partnerships with Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA) and International Studies Abroad (ISA) and in that capacity traveled to Ecuador several times between 1992 and 2008, to Mexico in 2006, and then to Chile in 2009, the year in which Messiah College initiated its semester long program there.  She led several Cross Cultural trips to Spain and has lived and studied in Colombia. She helped to lead the Costa Rica cross cultural trip in 2016.


Other Information:
2018 Costa Rica CC Itinerary.pdf
2018 Costa Rica CC Info Sheet.pdf


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2018 06/01/2017 ** 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.