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Ag Science and Sustainability Internships in Costa Rica

UC Davis Summer Abroad Internships are academic programs that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating academic coursework with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. This program carries a total of 8.00 quarter units in six weeks. 

Students on Summer Abroad Internship programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

Auditing is not an option. 

*Note: Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in additional unit(s).


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Medicine and Epidemiology (VME) 198. Ag and Vet Science Internship Reflection (2 Units)

This 2-unit course is intended as a forum to connect the work students do at their internship to its broader social and cultural context. Through online discussions students will have a community with whom to share their reflections and observations about their internship placements and to explore the significance of interning in an international context. This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.

Education Abroad (EAP) 192. Internship (6 units, P/NP)

Students will intern 30-32 hours per week at their program site and will be able to receive transcript notation through the UC Davis Internship and Career Center.  


Note that beginning/intermediate Spanish skills are required. Many supervisors speak English but you may also be working with people who do not speak English. Study Abroad will be enforcing the completion of Spanish (SPA) 3 or equivalent before departure. Prerequisites can only be waived by individualized consent of program coordinator—please contact the program coordinator if you wish to discuss this option. Failure to complete unwaived prerequisites can result in administrative withdrawal and fees owed accordingly. 

SPA 003—Elementary Spanish (5)
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SPA 002 or SPA 002S or SPA 002V or SPA 002Y. Completion of grammar sequence and continuing practice of all language skills using cultural texts. Not open for credit for students who have completed equivalent course SPA 003S, SPA 003V or SPA 003Y. GE credit: AH, WC.