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Our International Programs reflect our institutional pillars:

• Commitment to high standards of academic excellence and quality

• A focus on comprehensive education including ethics, hard skills, soft skills, and global vision

• A positive and dynamic environment

• Programs of interest for employers

• Active learning and internationally referenced infrastructure

• Development of leaders and drivers of change so they contribute to improving society at the national and international levels
More than 39 years of experience

Universidad Hispanoamericana has more than 39 years leading the academic commitment in Costa Rica.

11 Certified Majors

The National Accreditation System of Higher Education (SINAES) has accredited 11 of our majors. This accreditation guarantees the quality of the institution, programs, and a continuous improvement. Accredited majors and programs have greater opportunities to participate in international cooperation activities and foster academic exchanges.

5 locations throughout Costa Rica

Our campuses are perfectly equipped with all the infrastructure and cutting-edge technology for education. Each of the 5 locations are located in strategic points for easy access.

Each one has its own beauty; you can enjoy the best atmosphere in the heart of the capital or admire the view of the sea from a classroom.


Teaching Simulation

Our students benefit from laboratories and simulation centers for the development of skills and competences through simulated real-life scenarios.

International Programs Office

This department guides and supports your journey through the country and through Universidad Hispanoamericana.

Specialized Faculty

Our faculty has great work and academic experience and are trained in different LMS (Learning Management Systems) for various education modalities.

Biodiversity

Costa Rica represents just 0.03% of the global territory but contains 6% of the world’s biodiversity.


Peace

Costa Rica is a peace-promoting country that remains without an army since its abolishment in 1948. Since this historical landmark, Costa Rica has redirected funds to finance sectors such as education and health. 

Population

Costa Rica is known as an exemplary nation of friendly people committed to protecting the environment. It is a country on a mission to ensure the well-being of the majority with a literacy rate of 96.1%. We have ranked as #1 destination in Latin America for Study Abroad students from the U.S. 


Protected Territories

Currently, 25.6% of the country's land and marine territory is protected by the State. We aim to promote social and economic progress in harmony with nature. 


Renewable Sources

The country generates 99% of its electricity from renewable energy sources: hydropower, wind power, geothermal, biomass and solar energy. 

Happiest place on Earth

In the Happy Planet Index survey, the New Economics Foundation named the country as the “happiest country in the world” not once, but twice in recent years.


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Pura Vida

 “Pura vida” is a phrase used in Costa Rica for different expressions. It symbolizes the simplicity of good living, humility, abundance, exuberance, well-being, joy, satisfaction, happiness and optimism, associated with the art of appreciating beauty in the simple and natural, the “art of good living”.


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Currency

The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colon, and the dollar is usually taken as the currency of reference.

In most of the tourist establishments you will not have any problem in making payments in dollars.



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Security

With a balanced social and economic structure, the country has enjoyed an uninterrupted democratic system based on universal suffrage. Since 1949, elections were held regularly every four years, making the country one of the most stable in the region.

According to the Global Peace Index, 2020 we were ranked most peaceful country in Latin America.

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Climate

Costa Rica is made up of many different climatic zones, which create a lot of microclimates within it.

There is no winter; it is classified as a tropical country due to its closeness to the Equator. It has two seasons: a dry season and a rainy season. There are always twelve hours of sunlight per day throughout the year. 


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Volcanological and Seismological Activity

You must know that Costa Rica is a country located in an area of significant seismic and volcanic activity.

Both the authorities and the local population are used to these activities and perfectly know the safety measures to take in case of an emergency.



Programs

Universidad Hispanoamericana provides unique academic and cultural experiences for international students in Costa Rica. Our programs provide the student with active learning based on the interests and needs of students and faculty for the development of skills and competences through simulated and real-life scenarios. Every program includes all logistical support and unique cultural experiences for international students to immerse in the Costa Rican way of life!

COSTA RICA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND ITS APPROACH
EXPERIENTIAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM IN COSTA RICA
PRACTICAL COMMUNITY NURSING PROGRAM
PEDIATRIC COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM
ELDERLY COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM
ADULT COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM
MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM

COSTA RICA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND ITS APPROACH

DURATION: 12 hours (1 week)
MODALITY: Online or In-country

The concept and definition of Primary Health Care arises at a World Health Organization (WHO) Summit in 1978 and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Alma Ata (former USSR), in which Costa Rica was part. For that year, Costa Rica had implemented successful strategies in health care, prevention of disease, an early risk approach in rural and urban communities. Therefore, the model was subject of study for multiple researchers for the following 25 years. 

People’s health care in communities, led by a renewed Primary Health Care strategy, is re launched by the WHO and begins to prevail near the year 2000. 

Nevertheless, the inequalities and disparities accompany the reports of numerous countries which do not achieve the strategy’s objectives. However, Costa Rica has prevailed among the different members of the WHO as a reference in terms of health policies focused on a universal coverage, with a solidary health model, equitable and a complex operation system that articulates different institutions and services to favor the population’s quality of life.

EXPERIENTIAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM IN COSTA RICA

DURATION: 2/4 weeks
MODALITY: In-country

Costa Rica has become a model for the environment and sustainability, recognizing the efforts and initiatives that have made it possible is the fundamental pillar of this program. Sustainability has turned Costa Rica into an ecological paradise, a fact that obliges us, not only as Costa Ricans but as global citizens, to continue the hard work that was carried out and continues to be carried out in every corner of the country. 

This program includes five essential units of study: Natural Resources, Sustainability, Sustainable Tourism, Tourist Geography, Costa Rican culture and folklore. Each of these has been designed so that the participant can build their learning through understanding their environment, raising awareness, and developing skills that impact the environment sustainably. The country is presented from a macroeconomic perspective that allows the student to interpret and develop critical thinking, find solutions and be creative in their proposals. 

PRACTICAL COMMUNITY NURSING PROGRAM

DURATION: 48-50 hours (2 weeks)
MODALITY: In-country

This program offers students the possibility to research selected health problems and their impact on the health of individuals and communities in Costa Rica. Students will have the opportunity to analyze specific health issues such as social determinants of health, health disparities, disease burden, measurement, and trends.

By delivering basic nursing care in collaboration with healthcare providers, including community healthcare workers, students will be able to have a hands-on experience working directly with selected populations in the community and/or clinical setting, working on an interdisciplinary and interinstitutional level. 

Costa Rica has a world renowned solidary and universal health care system, which is also among the best in primary health care coverage, therefore this program gives the opportunity to compare and contrast Costa Rica and other countries health care systems, organization and function in addressing health challenges, all focused on building healthier communities.


PEDIATRIC COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM

DURATION: 48-50 hours (2 weeks)
MODALITY: In-country

Globalization and the high paced way of life of developing countries has made an impact on the health of children. Costa Rica takes great pride of having one of the best health systems of the world, life expectancy at birth is over 70 years both for men and women and the child mortality rate is 7,8 for every, one thousand. Despite having such good health indicators, the country’s affected by child malnutrition in some sectors, obesity, and the development of some preventable diseases. 

The Pediatric Nursing Program as an academic experience gives students the opportunity to be in direct contact with the child population, developing primary health care strategies. Students will work promoting health amongst healthy populations and in prevention with children at risk. These strategies include education programs for vulnerable groups, their families, and caretakers, in the case they are in children centers they would also work with the academic staff y personnel at the institution. 

Activities take place in different public and private scenarios such as Centros de Cuido Infantil (CECUDI), nurseries, NGO’s, schools, long term shelters, among others.


ELDERLY COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM

DURATION: 48-50 hours (2 weeks)
MODALITY: In-country

Costa Rica’s life expectancy at birth exceeds 75 years. This is the result of the success the country has had in terms of health and social security. However, the increase of the ageing population is also a challenge for the health system and therefore for the professionals in charge of caring for the elderly. 

This program provides the student with practical experiences focused on developing skills to care for the elderly. The different scenarios comprise interactions with diverse populations that are addressed from the model of health promotion and comprehensive care when ageing. Additionally, it raises awareness among participants to understand that the elderly makes valuable contributions within the family, the community and to society in general. To enhance the opportunities for them to contribute to their context; to promote, maintain and improve their health is indispensable. 

The learning experiences focus on fostering a comprehensive state of physical and mental wellbeing that will allow the elderly to go through this part of life preserving their abilities, preventing, and delaying their impairment as well as the advance of chronic diseases or their complications.

ADULT COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM

DURATION: 48-50 hours (2 weeks)
MODALITY: In-country

This program provides the student with the tools that raise their awareness of adulthood as a broad-ranging life cycle in which human beings express all their physical, mental, and social capacities to the full, without overlooking the expression of human potential that is undeniably linked to their health status.

The health of young adults is beset mainly by lesions and traumas, problems relating to sexuality or reproduction, the abuse of psychoactive substances, and mental disorders, among others. When the person approaches adulthood, health problems tend towards the emergence of or complications relating to chronic illnesses.

The learning experiences envisioned in the course, that take place within workplace scenarios and social environments, allow the student to identify the care needs of different populations that must be addressed from the Primary Health Care paradigm. The student exercises the clinical skill for the identification of risky behaviors, the prevention of complications, and to favor the reestablishment or maintaining integral health, while at the same time putting into practice critical thinking in the design of strategies to address detected needs.

MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY NURSING PRACTICAL PROGRAM

DURATION: 48-50 hours (2 weeks)
MODALITY: In-country

Mental health has become a priority for the World Health Organization and therefore for Costa Rica’s government. In 2012 the Mental Health National Policy was published in Costa Rica to articulate all the inter institutional and inter disciplinary work that had been undergoing in the country. 

The Mental Health Community Nursing Program highlights the work of nursing in the promotion of mental health, prevention of mental diseases and disorders, the development of adaptive behaviors for life in different population groups.

The pedagogical experiences allow the students to interact with their academic pairs to develop primary health care strategies. Under the guidance of a mental health specialist nurse, students will develop face to face activities in senior homes, nurseries, associations of people with disabilities, local governments, businesses, among others. 

This program allows the students to learn skills such as assertive communication, therapeutic communication, implementation of mental assessments, identification of signs and symptoms associated with mental health alterations, among others.

"Going beyond my expectations"

The Universidad Hispanoamericana gave all of us a broader understanding regarding the differences and similarities in patient care. They hold their students at a high standard and were able to share an abundance of knowledge with us.

We are grateful for this opportunity.

Love you

Tampa Students

Ashley Ayers’ Study Abroad Experience at UH

Ashley Ayers’ Study Abroad Experience at UH

Community Health Nursing Program at UH

Community Health Nursing Program at UH

Health Customized Study Abroad Experience at UH

Health Customized Study Abroad Experience at UH

Jennifer Harrington - Instructor, Nursing & CNA Program Coordinator

Instructor, Nursing & CNA Program Coordinator

We are grateful for this opportunity.

The Universidad Hispanoamericana gave all of us a broader understanding regarding the differences and similarities in patient care. They hold their students at a high standard and were able to share an abundance of knowledge with us.

We are grateful for this opportunity.

Love you

Tampa Students

Partners

UH has over 30 international agreements with prestigious universities around the world that open the door to mobility, training, research and other opportunities for faculty, students, and staff. More than 400 foreign students visit Universidad Hispanoamericana every year. Through global and intercultural education students live unique experiences, encouraging their development as leaders and drivers of change to contribute to improving society at the national and international levels.

Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola

Convenio

Perú

Beykent University

Convenio

Estambul, Turquía

Dixie State University

Convenio

Saint George, Utah

Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas

Convenios

Colombia

George Washington University

Convenio

Washington D.C., USA

UNINPAHU

Convenios

Colombia

Universidad Autónoma de Occidente

Convenio

Cali, Colombia

Universidad Continental

Convenio

Toluca, Estado de México

Universidad de Cartagena

Convenio

Colombia

Universidad de Málaga

Convenios

España

Universidad de Salamanca

Convenio

Castilla y León España

Universidad de San Martin de Porres

Convenios

Perú

UNIVERSIDAD LA SALLE – NOROESTE

Convenios

México

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Convenios

Perú

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Convenio

Madrid, España

Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Mexicali

Convenio

Baja California, México

Universidad Cuauhtemoc

Convenio

San Luis Potosí, México

Universidad Regiomontana

Convenio

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico

Universidad del Valle de Orizaba

Convenio

Veracruz, México

Instituto Tecnológico de los Mochis

Convenio

Sinaloa, México

Centro Interamericano de Estudios de Seguridad Social

Convenio

México

Universidad Mayor

Convenio

Santiago de Chile

Universidad San Sebastián Concepción

Convenio

Chile

Universidad Tecnológica de Chile INACAP

Convenio

Santiago Chile

Universidad Latina de Panamá

Convenio

Panamá

Universidad de Iberoamérica

Convenio

Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira

Convenio

Colombia

Instituto Universitaria Politécnico Grancolombiano

Convenio

Bogotá D.C., Colombia

Universidad Francisco Gavidia

Convenio

El Salvador

Universidad de Granada

Convenio

España

Universidad de Vigo

Convenio

Galicia, España

Universidad de Alicante

Convenio

Alicante, España

Sapienza Universidad de Roma

Convenio

Roma, Italia

IPAG Business School

Convenio

Paris, Francia

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