Experience life in two countries and cultures: San Isidro, Costa Rica and Granada, Nicaragua. During your study abroad semester, you will improve your Spanish language capabilities, and you will apply those skills immediately with your host families and through community involvement. You will also have the unique opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through both classroom studies and interactive experiences such as field trips and community service. With the Latino population in the U.S. continuing to grow, there will be increased demand for professionals in many fields with knowledge of Spanish and an understanding of Latin American cultures.
You will start your adventure in the town of San Isidro de Heredia, located in the province of Heredia. This lovely town is about 9 miles, or 35 minutes by bus, from downtown San José, and is surrounded by the magnificent cloud forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park. It has a small, charming downtown area with an appealing semi-rural feeling and a delightful climate, maintained by a cool mountainous breeze all year long.
After six weeks, you will move to Granada, Nicaragua, the oldest colonial city in Continental America, founded in 1524. It sits on the shores of Lake Nicaragua and has retained much of its historic architecture.
HOUSING & MEALS
During the program you will be living with a host family, which offers an excellent opportunity for you to learn about family life in Costa Rica/Nicaragua, meet local residents, and practice your Spanish on a daily basis!
Accommodations are arranged with carefully selected host families. In general, only one student is placed per family; in all cases, you will have your own room.
Past participants report that the informal learning with their family was as important as their classwork to their academic experience. In the words of a past student, "I was so glad to live with a host family rather than in a hotel or dorm. It was a great cultural experience."
This program works well for Latin American studies and Spanish majors and minors, but it is not limited to those areas. No previous Spanish language study is required! You will take Spanish language courses at the appropriate level as well as courses on Latin American culture. To learn more about eligibility, requirements and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Costa Rica/Nicaragua
Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.
During the program you will participate in a two week service learning project. Here you will improve your Spanish while helping the local community!
Below you will find more information on program costs:
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Past students often meet friends through their host families. Other ways students have gotten involved is by joining gyms, taking dance or cooking classes, and attending events at local universities nearby.
"I don´t think that there is any possible way to sum up this experience in a few short sentences, but I feel that I have learned so much about a region that is largely forgotten by the world. I have found the culture and history of these people to be absolutely fascinating, and given the opportunity I wouldn´t hesitate to do it again." (Brian N.)
EXPLORE NICARAGUA & COSTA RICA!
The program includes academic field trips to different locations within Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Exact destinations may vary.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.