Summer 2024 Dates:
Coronado, Costa Rica
August 3-17, 2024
What are the requirements to attend?
FutureVets is an honors only program with a 4.0 GPA requirement for all students. GPA Verification must be submitted before the program begins.
Because of the additional training YOU receive as a Delegate at the Congress,and because you have verified your GPA with the Academy, you are PRE-APPROVED to attend FutureVets (you do not need to verify a 4.0 GPA).
I will be graduating in the spring of 2023. Can I participate in the program?
Absolutely! We would love to have you with us!
What does the Tuition include?
The tuition for FutureVets is $7,800. As a Congress Delegate, you receive an immediate $300 discount from the original price of $8,100.
Tuition includes all program and educational costs, international air travel, accommodations for the duration of the trip, a cultural touring experience over the weekend, chaperones available 24-hours a day throughout the program, three daily meals, local transportation, international health insurance, and your personalized FutureVets Achievement and Leadership Certificate (mailed to you after you complete the program).
All of the above items included in the tuition will be arranged by our team.
Tuition does not include trip cancellation insurance, domestic transportation costs like airline fees from your home to our departure airport for international travel, passport fees, vaccinations, health records or tests, spending cash for souvenirs or snacks, or airline baggage fees.
Is there a payment plan available?
Yes! Your payment options are below:
Pay in Full: $7,800 (a $300 Congress Delegate discount has been applied)
Payment Plan: Initial payment of $819, followed by 9 automatic monthly payments of $819 each
If you choose the full pay option, you can select either PayPal or a credit/debit card as the payment method. For the monthly payment option, a credit/debit card will be the only payment method available.
What is the refund policy?
If you enroll on or before December 1, 2023, your enrollment may be canceled for a full refund of any tuition payments made if a cancellation request is made in writing within 14 days of the first payment made. Refunds can take four to six weeks to process.
If you enroll after March 1, 2024, all payments made are non-refundable.
We strongly encourage families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.
How can I be assured of safety and security?
We take safety and security very seriously. The program staff is always available to you and your peers. Each student will have a dedicated chaperone as well as other staff members who will be available 24/7 throughout the program. If you have a problem or concern, we’re always there to help and offer support.
You should understand that this program is for the mature student who can be trusted to follow instructions and act properly. As with travel to any international destination, general awareness, staying with the group as required by program policies, and guidance from our experienced staff will greatly reduce the likelihood of any safety concerns. All students will be trained on safety and security measures, as well as plans of response should a safety concern arise, either locally or elsewhere within the country.
How do I prepare for this trip?
While we know this is an incredibly exciting opportunity, we know it can be an overwhelming one. Our team is here for you and your family. Leading up to the program, we will give you all the information and guidance you need to prepare for departure. Our team is here to help any time you or your family have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk things through!
Can my enrollment be transferred?
We understand that circumstances can change. If the unexpected occurs, we will work with you to provide options that can include transferring your enrollment to a future program on a space-available basis. Note that a transfer to a future program may incur additional fees and different location destinations.
What vaccinations or immunizations will I need for the program in Costa Rica?
It is required that all students be up-to-date on all routine immunizations stated on the CDC website, including DTaP, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, and Varicella (Chickenpox).
To access the clinical facilities in Costa Rica, students are also REQUIRED to have Typhoid and Rabies immunizations.
Note: Immunization fees are not included in the Tuition.
We strongly advise students to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In some locations, students will be required to be vaccinated in order to rotate within the Medical Facilities.
Students may also be asked to submit to temperature or other COVID-19-related screenings for travel, access to our host university’s facilities, and use of other facilities.
Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica?
Yes. Students will need a passport that is valid through August 17, 2024 for entry into Costa Rica. Check or apply for your passport as soon as possible, as it can take four to six weeks to receive a new passport.
Note: Passport fees are not included in the tuition.
Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica?
At this time, citizens of the U.S. do not require a visa to travel to Costa Rica, if they are staying for less than 90 days. We will alert students and parents if requirements should change in the future.
Note: Visa fees are not included in the Tuition.
Why choose Costa Rica as a location for FutureVets?
We have relationships with veterinary organizations and leaders in the education fields in Costa Rica, which allows students this superb access and experience. The veterinary school is located in Coronado, which is a safe, rural suburb of the capital city of San Jose. The students and chaperones will be staying in the modern, Americanized city of San Jose. Costa Rica is a very popular destination because of the country’s uniquely rich biodiversity.
Our relationship to prestigious universities and faculties in Costa Rica allows an elite level of access and cooperation for attending students.
While physician and veterinary student mentors will educate the students in English, basic English is spoken throughout San Jose, and less so outside of the city. Students will have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in life in Costa Rica.
All FutureVets activities will take place at the San Francisco de Asis School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and its affiliated hospitals and facilities.
How will we “get around” during the program?
Students will travel daily with chaperones to and from the veterinary school campus via private, scheduled transportation. Private motor coaches will be arranged for any excursions or activities that take place outside the area.
What should I bring with me (laptop, iPad, cell phone, etc.)?
You can bring all of the above. Having your cell phone with you will be important for updates and communication throughout the program. As with any travel, students will be reminded to be cautious about using their devices and to avoid being distracted by them while in public settings. Students are welcome to bring any personal items and spending money for the duration of the program.
How do I arrange domestic travel?
We have partnered with a leading travel agency to provide complimentary travel coordination for your domestic flights to and from our departure airport. Travel agents will use the information you provide via our online registration form to find a variety of flight options that fall within our scheduled arrival and departure windows. You will work directly with your travel agent to book the best option for you.
Note: booking your domestic flights through our travel agency partner is required for all FutureDocs Abroad students. More information will be provided upon enrollment.
What if I get sick or injured while on the trip?
If you become ill, are injured, or you require medical treatment on the trip, your chaperone will bring you to the emergency room or doctor’s office and remain with you at all times. Your parents will be contacted immediately. You will receive the best possible medical care on a VIP basis.
We require all students to submit emergency contact information and disclose medical conditions, allergies, dietary restrictions and/or special needs, prescriptions, etc., before the trip so that if it becomes necessary for you to go to the hospital for any reason, our team has all this important information on hand.
Who will chaperone us during the program?
You will be chaperoned by a team that is highly experienced in managing student programs. Chaperones accompany all students on the international flight, stay in the same overnight accommodations, and accompany students on cultural excursions off campus. Your chaperone and our entire team will be available to you 24/7 during the program.
Will we be split into smaller groups during the programs?
Absolutely. You will be split into smaller, more intimate groups when you are in medical settings so that you can participate in more activities, as well as experience a more hands-on approach.
Where will we stay during the program?
Students and chaperones will stay in a local hotel in San Jose during the program, with daily transportation to the veterinary school. The hotel will be safe and comfortable with modern amenities. Student accommodations will be single-gender and double occupancy.
Strict curfews will be enforced for all students throughout their stay. You will check in with your chaperone each morning, afternoon, and night at the hotel.
What is the dress code?
You will need to wear scrubs and a white lab coat for all sessions at the veterinary facilities.
For weekend excursions and time off from the hospital, you should pack comfortable/casual clothes. Prior to departure, we will share a suggested packing list with you.
What about the weather in Costa Rica at that time of year?
August is part of Costa Rica’s long rainy season but is often regarded as an ideal time to travel to Costa Rica as the mornings are clear and sunny, and the temperatures are in the high 70s or low 80s. The majority of the rain falls in the afternoon or overnight throughout Costa Rica, but it is still smart to be prepared for all types of weather.
Are there any other expenses I should plan for?
FutureVets Tuition includes all program costs, international airfare, accommodations, local in-country transportation, and meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You may want to bring pocket money for your own personal expenses, shopping, personal care items, etc. ($250-$300 should be more than adequate). Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Costa Rica, followed by American Express, and Discover Card is rarely accepted. You should be sure to plan with your parents. International transaction fees vary and alert them of the student’s international travel plans beforehand to avoid security holds.
What is the currency used in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica’s currency is the Colón. Currently, 1000 Costa Rican Colónes equal about 1.75 USD. U.S. bank ATM cards can also be used in Costa Rica to obtain Colónes and U.S. dollars, and U.S. dollars are accepted at many vendors in Costa Rica.
Check with your bank about foreign ATM transaction and conversion fees. To avoid additional fees, students may bring U.S. dollars that can be used at some vendors or can be exchanged for the local currency, which the FutureVets Team can facilitate on-site for students.
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