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Costa Rica: University of Illinois Chicago Announced The First Year Flames Abroad Program

The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) has announced the First Year Flames Abroad program, a unique study abroad opportunity for first-year, first-generation college students. Students will travel to Costa Rica with UIC faculty, staff and fellow first-year students to engage in an intensive short-term study abroad experience from August 5-14. The application deadline is May 8.

Program Overview

The First Year Flames Abroad program is a unique study abroad opportunity for newly admitted first-year students with a focus on first-generation college students. You will travel to Costa Rica with UIC faculty and staff members and a small group of other first-year students to engage in an intensive short-term study abroad experience that is designed to introduce you to concepts of global learning while setting you up for success during your first semester at UIC.

After the field experience in Costa Rica, you will return to UIC and participate in a fall semester course to build upon the learning and relationship building that took place in Costa Rica.

This is an excellent opportunity to kickstart your academic career at UIC, form a support network and meet peers, and gain global experience!

Eligibility & Application Process

Students who meet the following eligibility criteria are invited to apply to this program:

  • Have been accepted to be a first-time freshman admitted to UIC for the Fall 2022 semester
  • Be 18 years old by the time of travel (August 2022)
  • Interview with the faculty director
  • Preference for first-generation college students (students who do not have a parent/guardian who has completed a bachelor’s degree)

To apply to the program, click the “Apply Now” button near the top of this page and log in using your UIC credentials. An online application will be generated and you will need to complete a few short online questionnaires and electronically sign a few forms.

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Facts Sheet
Program AdvisorKyle Rausch (
Program ModelFaculty-Directed
Program FeaturesStudy
Academic AreasBiological Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Education, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Service Learning
Academic StandingUndergraduate
Language of InstructionEnglish
Housing OptionsHotel

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