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1. General Description

Universidad de Iberoamérica is located in the east part of San José. Its mission has been the search of excellence through innovative teaching, the promotion of research and the implementation of technology in teaching, according to national and international standards.

Universidad de Iberoamérica has the following accreditations and affiliations: Consejo Nacional de Educación (CONESUP), Sistema Nacional de Acreditación de la Educación Superior (SINAES), Asociación de Universidades Privadas de Centroamérica (Auprica), Asociación de Escuelas y Facultades de Medicina de Costa Rica (ACOFEMED), International Medical Education Directory( IMED),World Health Organization (WHO), Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Partners of America, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC).

UNIBE was established in March 1995 beginning with the schools of medicine and nursing. Two years later, the schools of pharmacy and psychology were created. UNIBE is the only university in the country to have a medical specialties Hospital on its campus. It also runs 36 community health care centers (called EBAIS), under a contract with the Costa Rican Government, located in the Central valley. Through a network of health care facilities, students are able to do their clinical rotations and meet the required clinical coursework, closely supervised by academic mentors working at these facilities

UNIBE International programs have five broad goals:

1) To familiarize students with the theoretical framework underpinning transcultural health care provision, as well to contextualize comparisons among health care systems in the Americas (curriculum).

2) To provide students with hands-on experiences through direct field observations, with the aim of deepening their understanding of cross- cultural issues in health care provision (immersion learning).

3) To increase students’ language skills in comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking (Language acquisition).

4) To broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Latin American, U.S. cultures and others (cross cultural training).

5) To strengthen ties and enhance connections between the home and host university communities (strengthening ties).

The Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences programs allows students to immerse themselves in the works of clinics and hospitals in Costa Rica. Students will have a classroom, practical learning, and Spanish language experiences in an intensive all- encompassing setting for a period of 4, 6, 8, weeks or more.


2. International Programs

UNIBE runs its international programs through the Office of Global Education, offering courses in several fields:

  • Medical Spanish
  • Global Health
  • Global Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Pre- Med
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Social Work
  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Sports and FitnessCounseling
  • Educational Leadership
  • Undergraduate for Biology students
  • Research
  • Biology and Ecology

For further information, please contact:

ElizabethRodríguez/Director of Global Education erodriguez@unibe.ac.cr


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