First Year Immersion Program

  • A cutting-edge program, the Lang Global Immersion Program in New York and Costa Rica enables students to combine classroom learning with practical experience through research on and analysis of Central American social and environmental issues. Students in the program have the opportunity to earn between 30 and 34 credits during their first year at Lang while learning about economic development, politics, the environment, sustainability, the rights of women, education, and human rights in the Central American context. They can also choose a concentration within a Social Justice track with an internship or an Environmental Science track with hands-on fieldwork experience. 

    This program runs in partnership with ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies) in Costa Rica, and is open to first-year and transfer students, with limited spaces for continuing students. Students who participate in the Global Immersion Program are considered Lang Global Fellows.

    For more information, please contact Amal Hageb, assistant dean of Student Engagement and Global Programs, at

    Fall 2017 Semester in New York City
    First Year Seminar (4 credits) 
    Writing the Essay I (4 credits) 
    Intensive Spanish (4 credits) 
    Global Immersion Tutorial I (1 credit)
    Social Justice and Development Elective (3-4 credits) - OR - Environmental Studies Elective (3-4 credits)

    Spring 2018 Semester in Costa Rica
    Weeks 1-5
    Latin American Perspectives on Justice and Sustainable Development (4 credits)
    Spanish Language Intensive (4 credits)
    Field excursion to Nicaragua for one week

    Weeks 6-14
    Lang Global Immersion Seminar (2 credits)
    Social Justice Immersion with Internship (6 credits) - OR - Environmental Science Immersion with Fieldwork Experience (6 credits)

    Optional Summer 2018 Semester in Costa Rica 
    Extend your immersion experience by participating in a four-week, six-credit customized program in collaboration with a Lang faculty member and ICADS directors for an additional program fee. Open to all New School students, this customized program offers you the opportunity to meet like-minded New School students and faculty before returning to campus in the fall for your second year! 

    Fall 2018 Semester in New York City
    Global Immersion Tutorial II: Connecting to Diasporic Communities in NYC (1 credit) plus additional courses selected with the assistance of your advisor