Frequently Asked Questions: Costa Rica Study Abroad
- I saw that the application is due in April, but does the program ever fill up before then? Is there a date you recommend applying by to make sure there's room?
The application process is on-going, but those received before March 14th will be given priority. After March 14th, the application committee will meet to review applications suitability for the course, with decisions being made by early April. It is possible that we will receive more applications than we have space for, so I encourage you to submit your application by March 14th.
- Do you know what the 2013 prices will be or when that information will be available?
I try to keep it as close to last year's price as possible, but it mostly depends on airfare and hotel prices. It will be posted as soon as I can confirm the cost of the major expenses.
- Do you know of any teacher grants that can help with the fees?
Teachers in the past have used staff development funds from their school and some PTA groups have partially, or fully funded, teachers. You may also research options through donorschoose.org
- What is the difference between the number of credits? Does it affect the workload for the course?
The number of credits will determine the workload of the course. Two credits will be completed during the course. If you opt to register for three credits, an additional assignment will be completed upon your return.
- Is the payment beyond the $1000 deposit refundable in case of illness, etc.?
In the past, I have been able to make a small refund when a documented emergency has prevented a student from attending. The deposit and balance in full cover non-refundable reservations for travel, hotel accommodations, and other expenses. I do purchase travel insurance for the airfare and it is possible to purchase travel insurance for full the cost of the trip, for about $100.
- Are there generally people from outside of Bank Street that participate, or only Bank Street students?
It is usually a combination of Bank Street Students, alumni, and educators not affiliated with Bank Street. Each year the balance of students is different.