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Engaged Learning in Costa Rican Libraries iSchool of Illinois Study Abroad program

Study Abroad in Costa Rica! 

Engaged Learning in Costa Rican Libraries
iSchool of Illinois Study Abroad program
Spring Break 2018
March 16th - 26th

About the program:

Engaged Learning in Costa Rican Libraries is the experiential and situated learning component of the iSchool Costa Rica Study Abroad Course for Spring 2018. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Costa Rican libraries, peoples, cultures, and their information needs through observation (visits), engagement, practice and reflection.  Participants will engage in four weeks of weekly online seminars prior to travel to Costa Rica, where they will interact with Costa Rican librarians, library users and educators, and document their experience through reflection and blogging.  The engaged learning experiences will take place in San Jose and nearby localities, and in an indigenous community, and include visiting local libraries and working with them and/or their communities to contribute to enhancing their provision of library and information services.

  • 4 credit hours for graduate students

  • 3 credit hours for undergraduate students

  • Open to librarians and educators (non-degree credit option available)

English will be the main language of communication; Spanish is desired.

Cost: $2,500 (tentative):

Includes airfare (Chicago-San Jose return), housing (homestay, cabin and hotel), most meals, ground travel, cultural activities, lectures.
Tentative Schedule:Friday, March 16 - Leave at midnight; arrive in San José next day
Saturday, March 17 - Arrival in San José at noon; Orientation at the Instituto of San Joaquín de Flores; Group dinner with homestay hosts.
Sunday, March 18 - Local activities (Cartágo, El rodeo, volcan, trapiche)
Monday, March 19 - Library Camp, Day 1: Designated library tours, begin group work
Tuesday, March 20 - Library Camp, Day 2:  Second library visit, group work, and presentation prep
Wednesday, March 21 - Library Camp, Day 3: Group presentations; travel from San José to indigenous community
Thursday, March 22 & Friday, March 23 - LIS Activities in indigenous community
Saturday, March 24 - Uvita Beach and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, return to San José
Sunday, March 25 - Local activity
Monday, March 26 - Return home


Please plan to budget an additional $300-$800 for ground transportation, some meals, thank you gifts for your homestay family and host teachers, tourist activities, other incidentals including international student insurance ($75 billed to your student account).

The course is a collaboration among the iSchool of Illinois, Center for Global Studies, College of Education, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, International & Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the schools of library and information science at the University of Costa Rica and the National University of Costa Rica, and the Instituto of San Joaquin de Flores with support from the US Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center program.

Note: For school library media students and practitioners, a concurrent trip focused on engagement with Costa Rican schools is also available. For more information, visit

Opportunities for Current Students