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  • Locations: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/20/2019 10/04/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Costa Rica - Winter 2019

Join Dr. Janet Josephson on an abroad experience to Costa Rica for HeartSong Day Camp 2019, a service learning camp program for Costa Rican children focusing on English immersion, environmental education, art, music, and fun! Participants will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of other world cultures, develop an appreciation of educational perspectives of a foreign country, and engage in educational environments beyond the traditional classroom. 

  • Heredia City Tour
  • Costa Rica Cooking Class
  • Toucan Rescue Ranch
  • Latin Dance Class
  • Excursions
    • Rainforest Zip Line Canopy Tour
    • White Water Rafting, Pacuare River


Program Dates: January 5-12, 2019
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018  EXTENDED May 30th, 2018


The program charge is $2550.

For a detailed cost breakdown, please review the MU Guided: Costa Rica - Cost Worksheet - Winter 2019.

This cost includes:
  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • In-country activities/excursions
  • Most meals
This cost does not include:
  • Study abroad administration fee
  • International health/travel insurance
  • Transportation to/from US airport
  • Passport * (How to Apply for a Passport)
  • Costa Rica exit tax
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs and other daily expenses)
  • Some meals
 *If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one IMMEDIATELY. Keep in mind that it takes 4 - 6 weeks to receive a passport.

Payment Schedule

Amount Deadline
$550(Non-refundable fee applied toward cost) May 1, 2018
$1000 September 15, 2018
$1000 November 15, 2018

Review the Global Education Portal for payment instructions.


Participants will be placed in homestays vetted by Sol Education Abroad (SOL), the program provider. Families go through an extensive process in order to be contracted by SOL. All homes are in a residential neighborhood in close proximity to the local airport and camp site for the service learning portion of the trip.


Study Abroad Eligibility Criteria
To review the full Millersville University study abroad policy, please view the Governance Manual webpage
  •  Students must have completed a minimum of 24 college credits (individual programs may have higher requirements) prior to departure. Credit requirements for faculty/staff-led programs (Guided Programs) can be reduced. Students may submit their application for the upcoming study abroad term during the semester in which they complete the minimum credit requirements. 
  • Students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA at time of application (individual programs may have higher requirements), and maintain their GPA prior to departure.
  • Students must be in good judicial standing. The opportunity to study abroad may be denied based on a student’s judicial standing with the University as defined in the Student Code of Conduct. Judicial standing will be evaluated at the time of the student’s initial application and monitored before his/her departure until the student returns from their experience abroad. A student is required to abide by MU’s Code of Conduct while abroad. Any incidents while abroad that violate MU’s Code of Conduct will be processed by Millersville’s Judicial Affairs Office. If a student is required to withdraw from a study abroad program for academic or conduct reasons, either before or after the program officially begins, no money will be refunded. Note: A suspension from MU encompasses all university activities, which includes study abroad.
  • Students must demonstrate the personal maturity, responsibility, cross-cultural understanding, and the stress management skills necessary for a successful study abroad experience.
  • Students must pay all applicable fees. This includes but is not limited to application fees, participation fees, and the fee for international health and travel insurance through MU’s insurance provider.
  • Students must successfully complete the pre-departure process after approval is granted by Global Education. For students who do not complete the pre-departure process, Global Education reserves the right to revoke their program approval.
Program Eligibility

Participants will need to have the following clearances, not to expire during the duration of the program. Specific information regarding obtaining or confirming these clearance will be made available on the Global Education Portal. 

  • Act 34 Criminal Background Check
  • Act 151 Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History
  • Negative TB Test Results

To Apply

Complete an application using the Global Education Portal by clicking "Apply Now" at the top or bottom of this page.

The deadline for completing all application materials is May 1, 2018.  

For specific questions about the group, contact Dr. Janet Josephson for additional information at (717) 871-4049 or email

For specific questions about studying abroad, contact Global Education at (717)-871-7506 or e-mail