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Global 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, read the FAQ below and contact Amal Hageb, Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Global Programs, at hageba@newschool.edu.

    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 

  • FAQ

    How much does the program cost? 

    You will be billed New School tuition for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters as you normally would and can take with you any federal and institutional aid you have been awarded. In the spring 2018 semester, your New School tuition will also cover your housing expenses in Costa Rica as well as two meals a day at no additional cost to you.

    Where will I live in Costa Rica? 

    You will travel to ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies) in Costa Rica and live with a Costa Rican family.

    Whom will I take courses with?

    You will take courses and interact with students from Lang and other schools across the United States. 

    If I choose to do an internship, how will I be placed? 

    ICADS offers more than 65 structured internships and research opportunities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with a focus on the environment, education, health, development, wildlife conservation, and women’s studies. Students are placed in an individualized internship to gain experience in urban or rural areas. Only one student is placed at each internship site. Internship placements are made on the basis of a number of factors, including student interests, previous experience, formal education, and level of Spanish language competency. 

    How is the fieldwork option structured?

    In the first four weeks of fieldwork, students carry out brief social and ecological research projects while living and traveling together primarily in rural communities. Students visit three to four areas within Costa Rica, where they learn about a range of ecological zones and systems of regional development. Topics and field sites vary from semester to semester in response to new study opportunities and environmental conditions. In the following five weeks, students return to one of the previously visited field sites to independently conduct in-depth research on a topic of their choice, which may emphasize either the social or the natural sciences. Students are encouraged to develop projects that have practical value for their host communities or organizations.

    What is the one-credit course I must take when I return to Lang in 2018?

    The required course, Global Immersion Tutorial II, includes guided re-entry reflection, the presentation of your research and field experience, and the organization of a globally focused event in conjunction with Lang Global Ambassadors.

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