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  • Locations: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Minnesota State Mankato applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Faculty Director(s) / Program Contact: Elizabeth Finsness MSU Sponsoring Academic Dept(s): Office of Field Experience (Education)
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Language of Instruction: English
Intent of Program: Field experience (direct hands-on learning), Language study, Service Learning Program Length: Short Semester: 7-14 weeks
Program sponsorship indicator: Mankato Program
Program Description:

Student Teaching in Costa Rica

San José
Manuel Antonio

Spring 2019: March 15, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Students interested in this program must first receive permission to participate from the College of Education's
Office of Field and International Experience. Please e-mail Elizabeth Finsness at with your interest in this program.

Minnesota State University, Mankato, COSI, and Costa Rica's Ministry of Education have developed a student teaching program which gives students the opportunity to live with a Costa Rican family, engage in Spanish Language lessons, participate in a service learning project, and teach in an English immersion school. Mankato students will have the opportunity to travel to the country of Costa Rica for 6 weeks of their 16-week student teaching experience. Additionally, students will have a Minnesota student teaching placement for 10 weeks during that semester.

This is an exciting opportunity for a unique educational experience; however, it may not be right for everyone. The student teaching semester is the most rigorous semester of a student's college career. Living in a foreign country may add a level of stress to student teaching and could prove to be difficult for some students. This opportunity is expensive, although financial aid may be available. There will be a limit to the number of student teaching placements available for MSU students, therefore, the following guidelines will be used in the selection process:
  1. Successful academic record
  2. Statement of intent with financial verification
  3. Successful completion of prior field experiences
  4. Letter of support from content and pedagogy adviser
  5. Personal interview

Updated 10/11/18 L.Z.