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Health & Safety

The ACM prioritizes your well-being during your time overseas. While it is your responsibility to communicate your health and safety concerns to the program faculty and staff, you will be equipped with the proper resources to ensure that you have a safe off-campus semester, allowing you to thrive in your studies and beyond.

The following information provides an overview of some of the ACM policies and procedures for student health and safety. You will receive comprehensive information about health and safety procedures after being admitted to the program.


Health insurance

The ACM provides your health insurance coverage during your entire time abroad. The insurance provider, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), offers an extensive array of trusted health coverage services for students abroad. The cost of this coverage is included in your program fee, and the ACM manages your registration for the insurance.

The ACM-provided CISI policy offers comprehensive health coverage for students, including no deductible, hospitalization coverage, and prescription drug coverage. The care providers and facilities affiliated with CISI have been preapproved and are experienced in treating a broad range of medical conditions.

Medications and other medical preparation

If you take one or more prescription drugs regularly, you’ll need to speak with your physician prior to going abroad. You should not plan to have medication sent to you while abroad because of international customs restrictions, so plan your prescription needs accordingly.

Special diets

After your program acceptance, you will be prompted to notify the ACM if you have any dietary restrictions. The ACM will work to make appropriate accommodations with your host family placement.


The ACM is dedicated to ensuring your safety during your time off-campus while also encouraging your immersion in Costa Rican society. Resident faculty members of the Costa Rica program are well acquainted with the city and will advise you on navigating San Jose and Costa Rica safely. In addition, host families provide a trustworthy support network for you as you adjust to life in Costa Rica.

The program’s comprehensive orientation provides practical information and advice for personal safety while living in Costa Rica. In addition, the language courses instruct you in Spanish language while informing you about common social customs to provide you with cultural context.

Being in Costa Rica provides you with exciting travel opportunities during your weekends. To ensure your safety during these trips, the ACM requires that all students complete an independent travel form anytime they travel away from San Jose without program staff. This travel form allows the ACM to contact you in case of an emergency and provide you with appropriate resources.