Originally published in the Duke Chronicle:
From CIEMAS to Costa Rica: Duke designs study abroad program for Pratt students
By Heather Zhou | 09/26/2016
A new study-abroad program this year gives Pratt School of Engineering students the opportunity to explore volcanos and observe birds in Costa Rica while still completing graduation requirements.
The University’s new Pratt in Costa Rica program—specially designed for students majoring in biomedical engineering or electrical and computer engineering—is a six-week summer homestay based in San Jose, Costa Rica. Students are required to take a Spanish language course and can choose to take either a bioengineering or a math course.
“Pratt students typically have a rough time doing study-abroad because of a very specific set of engineering course requirements,” said Libby Bucholz, a lecturer in the department of biomedical engineering. “But we believe strongly that studying abroad is important for engineers, and so it’s long been in the works that we develop a Duke program for them.”