Mapping the Journey

Technology Brings Study-Abroad Option in Costa Rica to Life

Springfield, Ohio - Wittenberg recently partnered with Veritas University and Beyond Sports, an international education and service-learning organization that uses sports as a vehicle to create meaningful, relationship-based global engagement opportunities, to offer a semester-long program in Costa Rica, Jan. 1 - May 1, 2017.

Seven students signed up for this unique immersion experience, which the following ESRI story map recreates in vivid color and detail. Click below to experience Costa Rica all over again through the students who participated and the program's inaugural director, John Ritter, professor of geology.

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The program will be offered each spring, with Professor of Biology Margaret Goodman serving as director in 2018 and teaching a course on health care in Costa Rica that will contrast nutrition, fitness and medicine in the United States and Costa Rica and explore medicinal plants in the rainforest. In the spring of 2019, Associate Professor of Communication Stefne Broz will direct the program and teach a course on Central American cultures and communication. For the spring of 2020, Women’s Head Volleyball Coach Paco Labrador will direct and teach Sports Psychology, which will explore concepts of skill acquisition including learning theory, growth mindset and deliberate practice; students will have the opportunity to create individual research projects with professional and semi-professional coaches and athletes.

The program is open to students from all majors. Interested students should contact the Office of International Education for more information and application procedures. Director of International Education JoAnn Bennett can be reached at or (937) 327-6185.

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Wittenberg's curriculum has centered on the liberal arts as an education that develops the individual's capacity to think, read, and communicate with precision, understanding, and imagination. We are dedicated to active, engaged learning in the core disciplines of the arts and sciences and in pre-professional education grounded in the liberal arts. Known for the quality of our faculty and their teaching, Wittenberg has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any four-year institution in the state. The university has also been recognized nationally for excellence in community service, sustainability, and intercollegiate athletics. Located among the beautiful rolling hills and hollows of Springfield, Ohio, Wittenberg offers more than 100 majors, minors and special programs, enviable student-faculty research opportunities, a unique student success center, service and study options close to home and abroad, a stellar athletics tradition, and successful career preparation.

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