Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Winter Round 1, Winter Round 2
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: FLP (Faculty-Led Program) Class Eligibility: Graduate
Language of Instruction: English Language Requirement: None
Eligible Majors & Concentrations: Education
Program Description:

Program Description

This program features a partnership with the U.N-Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), located in San Jose, Costa Rica. UPEACE was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. UPeace's Mission is: “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.” 

Counselor Educators face both challenges and opportunities in their professional practice. It is critical that professionals are well-prepared to advance learning and development, informed by a strong commitment and paradigmatic orientation to Social Justice. In this program, students will learn about and reflect on issues of community and cultural development, international and cross-cultural issues, sustainability (environmental, social, political, and economic), community development and human service, and human rights and citizenship education. The course will utilize inquiry-based and seminar-style learning experiences. In addition to the program leaders, students will have opportunities to learn from distinguished international and local guest speakers and facilitators in classroom settings at the UPEACE campus and on guided tours and site visits.

The program will be based in the San Jose (CR) area as well as in Manuel Antonio. Students will have some free time for exploring, shopping, and enjoying the sites. Themes of sustainability, peace, leadership, and internationalization will inform the program's pedagogy.


EDCO 244 Cultural Perspectives in Counseling (3 units)

This 3-unit course focuses on advanced study of concepts and procedures of counseling and consulting with an emphasis on understanding human behavior dynamics in the context of specific ethnic and cultural experiences.

EDCO 215, 218, 232, 248 or instructor consent

EDCO 289 Seminar in Professional Counseling (3 units)

This 3-unit course is a culminating seminar which emphasizes a critical review and critique of theory and research in application of human development specialties. It can be repeated for credit when an alternate focus is shown in the Schedule of Classes.

EDCO 215, 218, 232, 248 or instructor consent

Students choose one of these courses.

* This program is open to graduate students in the Counselor Education Department. Permission given on a case-by-case basis for graduate students from other disciplines. Please contact the Program Leaders to discuss.


faculty-costa-rica-lakerProgram Leader: Jason Laker  


faculty-costa-rica-menaProgram Leader: Dolores Mena

Dolores Mena is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education. She is fluent in Spanish and has co-led four Faculty-Led Programs (FLPs) to Costa Rica with Professor Jason Laker. She looks forward to co-leading another FLP to Costa Rica and engaging more students in this transformative "pura vida" experience.




It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers. 

$750      SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200      Administrative Fee 
$2,945   Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$3,895   Total Program Cost

* Airfare is not included.  Students will need approximately $300 for meals and spending money.

This program is currently not accepting applications.