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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Academic Programs International 
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 01/22/2021 02/05/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Affiliate Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Areas of Study: Economics, Health Sciences, Spanish
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Caitlynne Goodlett - Rinker Center for Study Away & International Education Type of Course Credit: Transfer credit
Housing: Host Family/ Home Stay
Program Description:
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Furman Information

 

How to Apply

Submit a study away application to Furman University by Furman’s application deadline. Applicants will meet with a representative from the Study Away office for an interview. If accepted by Furman, students will be pre-approved and will apply directly to the affiliate program. Students must successfully complete the affiliate program's application and be accepted by the affiliate program to participate.

Once accepted by the affiliate program, students must submit a Transfer Credit Authorization Form to the Registrar at Furman in order to be pre-approved to receive credit for classes taken abroad. Please contact the Registrar at Furman if you have questions related to the form.

 

Transfer Course Grades and Academic Credits:

  • Taught by instructors from a host institution
  • Grades are not factored into the Furman GPA
  • A grade of at least a C- (or the equivalent) must be achieved in order for the academic credits to transfer into Furman University
  • Students who earn a grade (or equivalency) below a C- will not earn Furman academic credit for a course taken at another institution
  • Course credits that are transferred into Furman will count toward the overall 128 credits needed for graduation
  • Pass/No pass and auditing are not permitted during study away programs
  • Withdrawing from a course requires permission from Furman University and the host institution since the student visa is contingent upon enrollment in the hosting institution.
  • It is important to put in effort for transfer courses because students who apply for graduate school or professional schools are required to produce transcripts from all institutions of higher education which they have attended. A graduate school might recalculate the grades earned abroad into a student’s cumulative undergraduate GPA. Furman does not transfer in grades because students are adapting to a new educational styles, systems, and grading methods.
 

Furman Costs & Scholarships


Program Fee
Students will pay Furman semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Students must complete a Consortium Agreement in order to have their Federal, State and Furman financial aid applied toward the semester cost of the study abroad program. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.

Deposit
To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance.
This deposit is put toward the total cost of the program.  The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program. 

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Applicants must have a current FAFSA form on file at Furman University to be eligible. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars will have their one-time study away stipend applied to their first study away program.

If you wish to apply for additional aid through API, you will be able to do so through the API website and application.


Program Fee Exclusions
Review your semester Budget Sheet for the breakdown of included costs and additional fees for your program.

Flights: You are responsible for all costs associated with flights to and from the program.

 
Visas: You are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining a visa. This may include initial cost, travel, or if you decide to expedite your visa. Furman does not guarantee that a visa will be granted or processed on time. The visa process can only be completed 90 days before the departure date. If you are participating in multiple programs, make sure you have time to return to the United States to complete the visa requirements for each country. Check with your host country consulate if it is possible to travel before or after the start or end of your program.

Non U.S./Canadian citizens: You may need a VISA in order to enter the country. Please check with your home country consulate and the Consulate General’s Office about special documentation requirements before departure. This process can be quite lengthy requiring 2 to 3 months to complete.

HEALTH & SAFETY

The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs.

According to U.S. Department of State Travel Advisery for  Costa Rica, students should exercise normal precautions in though the following areas may have increased risk where students should exercise increased caution due to crime: Central neighborhood in Limon, Liberia city, Desamparados neighborhood in San Rafael, and Pavas and Hospital neighborhoods San Jose. It is encouraged for students to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency, follow the Department of State on Facebook and TwitterReview the Crime and Safety Report for Costa Rica, and review the Traveler’s ChecklistStudents should review the Center for Disease Control Information for Costa Rica to review the recommended vaccines and medicine for Costa Rica.