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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The fall Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment program offers you opportunities to participate in multiple sectors of Costa Rican culture and society and gain an understanding of the country’s broad questions, challenges, and aspirations.

Program learning objectives:

  • Deepen your knowledge of Costa Rican development, public health, education, and the environment through coursework and community engagement.
  • Develop a broad understanding of similarities and differences between urban and rural communities in Costa Rica.
  • Advance your level of Spanish language proficiency in spoken and written communication and reading skills.

When you complete the program, you should be able to discuss some of the major issues of contemporary life in Costa Rica and demonstrate significant progress in understanding and expressing yourself in Spanish.