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Program Description:

ACES in Costa Rica: VIDA Pre-Vet 

Winter Break

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Overview

Take the next step towards your veterinary career by volunteering with VIDA. VIDA provides high quality spay and neuter field clinics in Central America in accordance with International Humane Society guidelines. VIDA currently supports communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. VIDA offers a Veterinary Program for pre-veterinary as well as first and second year veterinary students and an Advanced Veterinary Program designed for upper level veterinary students and recent graduates.

If you are a student seeking a hands-on, mind-enriching, service learning experience with animals, VIDA is the right program for you!

This is a high quality educational program for those who wish to gain clinical and practical experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine. The VIDA program focuses mainly on the sterilization of felines and canines in field clinics; however, participants will also gain experience in working with large animals. Volunteers who participate in our program will have an interactive and unique experience that can only be obtained with VIDA.
 
Group Flight
As part of the Program Fee, the ACES Abroad will organize a group flight for this course.  All group flights will be departing from and arriving at O'Hare Airport. Very few exceptions are made for opting out of the group flight.
 
Faculty Leader Bio


Laura Davis
Laura is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Animal Sciences.
 
Program Eligibility
  • UIUC undergrads or veterinary students interested in helping animals and enhancing their knowledge of veterinary sciences
  • Must have a passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at least two blank visa pages
  • Visa may be required 
     
Academics

Course
  • ANSC 398 
  • This course is worth 2 credits
  • On campus meetings: 2nd 8 weeks of the fall semester
  • Date/place/time of meetings is TBA


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Costs

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during
which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
 
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
 
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.

Financial Aid 
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/financial-aid
 
Scholarships
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/scholarships
 
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at http://academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/scholarships 
 

Application Information 

First Steps Info 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit our website: http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/outgoing-students/first-steps/ or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  

Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
 
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
 
Application Components 
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Online questionnaires Upon acceptance to this program you may be required to complete the host institution's application. 
Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.

See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.


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Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at: http://international.illinois.edu/resources/safety-security/index.html
 
Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit (mckinley.illinois.edu/medical-services/immunization) to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also www.cdc.gov/travel.
 
Before You Go
The UIUC Study Abroad website (http://studyabroad.illinois.edu/support-resources/advice-tools/) and the ACES Study Abroad website (academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/current-students) both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

More information about passports and visas can be found at: academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/passports-visas


Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail aces-studyabroad@illinois.edu
To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (http://academics.aces.illinois.edu/study-abroad/policies)  

 
Additional Information 
 
VIDA Volunteer 
Center for Disease Control Health Info for Costa Rica
Lonely Planet Info on Costa Rica

 
Contact Information

Faculty Leader
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Oliver Ferguson
123 Mumford Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-3380
Email: ofergus@illinois.edu

ACES Study Abroad
123 Mumford Hall
1301 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-3380
Email: aces-studyabroad@illinois.edu
 
Walk-in hours:
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.
 
   


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Short-Term 2018-2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA