Global Immersion Program

  • The Lang Global Immersion Program in New York and Costa Rica is a cutting-edge program that enables students to combine classroom learning with practical experience through research on and analysis of Central American social and economic issues. Students in the program have the opportunity to earn between 30 and 34 credits during their first year at Lang while learning about economic development, politics, the environment, sustainability, the rights of women, education, and human rights in the Central American context. In this program, students complete an internship with a social justice focus. The courses proceed from the first semester of First Year through the first semester of Second Year. Students in the second semester of the Global Immersion program must register for the third semester.

    This program runs in partnership with ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies) in Costa Rica and is open to first-year and transfer students, with limited spaces for continuing students. Students who participate in the Global Immersion Program are considered Lang Global Fellows.

    For more information, read the FAQ below and contact Scott Korb at

    First Semester in New York City

    First Year Seminar (4 credits)
    Writing the Essay I (4 credits)
    Intensive Spanish (4 credits)
    Global Immersion Seminar I (1 credit)
    Social Justice and Development elective (3-4 credits) 

    Second Semester in Costa Rica

    Weeks 1-5

    Latin American Perspectives on Justice and Sustainable Development (4 credits)
    Spanish Language Intensive (4 credits)
    Field excursion to Nicaragua for one week

    Weeks 6-14

    Lang Global Immersion Seminar II (2 credits)
    Social Justice Immersion with Internship (6 credits)

    Optional Summer Semester in Costa Rica

    Extend your immersion experience by participating in a four-week, six-credit customized program in collaboration with a Lang faculty member and ICADS directors for an additional program fee. Open to all New School students, this customized program offers you the opportunity to meet like-minded New School students and faculty before returning to campus in the fall for your second year.

    Third Semester in New York City

    Global Immersion Seminar III: Connecting to Diasporic Communities in NYC (1 credit) plus additional courses selected with the assistance of your advisor

  • FAQ

    How much does the program cost? 

    You will be billed New School tuition for the first, second, and third semesters as you normally would and can take with you any federal and institutional aid you have been awarded. In the second semester, your New School tuition will also cover your housing expenses in Costa Rica as well as two meals a day at no additional cost to you.

    Where will I live in Costa Rica? 

    You will travel to ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies) in Costa Rica and live with a Costa Rican family.

    Whom will I take courses with?

    You will take courses and interact with students from Lang and other schools across the United States. 

    How are students placed in internships?

    ICADS offers more than 65 structured internships and research opportunities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with a focus on the environment, education, health, development, wildlife conservation, and women’s studies. Students are placed in an individualized internship to gain experience in urban or rural areas. Only one student is placed at each internship site. Internship placements are made on the basis of a number of factors, including student interests, previous experience, formal education, and level of Spanish language competency. 

    What is the one-credit course I must take when I return to Lang in the third semester?

    The required course, Global Immersion Tutorial II, includes guided re-entry reflection, the presentation of your research and field experience, and the organization of a globally focused event in conjunction with Lang Global Ambassadors.