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Why Choose ICADS?


"Founded 25 years ago, the Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) is a center for study, research, and analysis of Central American social and environmental issues. We focus on economic development, politics, environmental studies, sustainable development, public health, women's issues, education, human rights, and conservation.

We offer four categories of programs: Three distinct Study Abroad programs through which students can earn academic credit toward their university degree; a Summer Internship program; intensive Spanish language courses designed to immerse students in the Costa Rican and Nicaraguan contexts; and we also work with universities to create customized short-term programs.

Students learn through readings, lectures, and interaction with local people in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua via internships and voluntary service."