Immerse yourself for eight weeks during the summer in the town of San Isidro, Costa Rica through Spanish-language courses and Latin American Studies courses.
On this program you will take classes at Costa Rica Study Abroad, a private institute that has been designing study abroad programs for U.S. students for over 20 years. You will take classes from Costa Rican professors with other UW-Eau Claire students.
During the program you will be living 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. It is still a very dynamic little town with people out an about walking everywhere. Don´t forget to bring your comfortable walking shoes to explore the vicinity!
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, 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. Your host family will provide you three meals a day.
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 summer 2014 student, "My host family was the best part of the program. They treated me like a family member and always included me. I will be forever grateful for them."
This program works well for Latin American studies and Spanish majors and minors. You will take Spanish language courses as well as courses on Latin American culture. To learn more about eligibility, requirements and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Costa Rica Summer
Below you will find more information on program costs: Summer 2017
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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Students in Costa Rica often meet friends through their host families. Other ways students have gotten involved are by joining gyms, taking dance or cooking classes, and attending events at local universities nearby.
Studying abroad in Costa Rica was the single most challenging but rewarding experience of my life. Not only did I get to experience an entirely new culture, but my knowledge of Spanish grew exponentially in the process. The people I met and places I visited along the way are things I will never forget. – Hannah, Summer 2016
My experience abroad was the best experience of my life. My host family was better than I ever could have expected and I still talk with them daily. I made many friendships that I will have the rest of my life. My Spanish improved greatly and overall I had an incredible experience and want to go back as soon as I can. – Amy, Summer 2016
My experience abroad was unique, informative, cultural, immersed, and valuable to me as a learner and lover of language and people. Costa Rica was the perfect place to discover the beauty that exists in the world outside of the United States. -- Heath, Summer 2016
Volunteering during study abroad is a wonderful way to get involved in the local community, make meaningful relationships, and improve your Spanish-language skills. While in Costa Rica, you may volunteer for 2, 4, or 6 hours a week. When considering volunteering during study abroad, it is important to note that it represents both a time commitment and a commitment to the organization. Also, volunteering abroad requires you to take imitative. The more you are willing to invest in the experience the more rewarding it will be!
Below you will find a list of possible areas in which you can volunteer during your time in Costa Rica:
• Collaboration in ecology projects (Cleaning rivers, cleaning rural roads, maintaining green areas in schools, etc)
• Teaching English in a community center
• Assisting in a school for children with learning disabilities and special needs
• Assisting in an elderly Home
• Observing in elementary schools
I absolutely LOVED my service learning experience. It was the highlight of every day, and I ended up going every day for around three hours. I formed so many great relationships with the people there. Summer 2014 participant
EXPLORE COSTA RICA!
Academic field trips will introduce you to a few of the many faces of Costa Rica. In the past two program excursions such as a field trip to Samara Beach and a trip to the Irazu Volcano have been included in the program. Also students have taken trips to San Jose City and to Heredia City.
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.