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Academics - Costa Rica/Nicaragua
CostA Rica Nicaragua Fall Only

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student.  You need to be in good standing (academic, financial and conduct) and have a cumulative GPA of 2.3.  You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure.  You may apply as a freshman but you must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. No prior Spanish language study is required.

During the semester you will take four courses in total: two or three courses in the Spanish language and one or two courses in Latin American Studies. The courses you take depend on your Spanish language level. This 15 week academic program has three distinct parts. You will participate in all three.

Part One (weeks 1-6) and Part Three (weeks 9-14):
You will take Spanish courses during Part One (weeks 1-6) and Part Three (weeks 9-14). You will cover the equivalent of 2 semesters of language materials, continuing from your current level. You will also take one or two Latin American Studies courses taught in English during Part One & Part Three. The following courses are typically offered:

    Spanish Language Courses:
    Span 101:              Beginning Spanish I (4 credits)
    Span 102:              Beginning Spanish II (4 credits)
    Span 201:              Intermediate Spanish I (4 credits)
    Span 202:              Intermediate Spanish II (4 credits)
    Span 301:              Advanced Composition (3 credits)
    Span 302:              Advanced Conversation & Composition (3 credits)
    Span 405:              Advanced Conversation (3 credits)

    Content Courses taught in Spanish:
    Span/LAS 354:  Latin American Civilization:  Regional Focus (3 credits; fulfills Span 352 requirement for Span/LAS majors/minors.  Does
          NOT carry one credit of cultural diversity, since it does not deal with Latinos in the U.S.)
    Span 367: Survey of Spanish American Literature (3 credits)

    Content Courses taught in English:
    History 311: History & Civilization of Central America, GE-IVC; FC (Required for all  participants)
    Sociology 314: Race, Ethnicity & Social Class; (GE-IIIF)

The classes you will take depend on your Spanish language level:

    Students who have not taken 301 prior to departure will take the following track:

        1) Two Spanish language courses and two content courses taught in English (History 311 and Sociology 314).

    Students who have taken 301 prior to departure have the option of taking one of two tracks:

        1) Two Spanish language courses, and two content courses taught in English  (History 311, and Sociology 314)

        2) Three courses taught in Spanish (Span 302 and two from Span 354, Span 367, or Span 405) and History 311.

Part Two (Weeks 7-8):
You will spend two weeks on a community service project and live with host families. You will work on a very hands-on project identified by community leaders as having value to the residents. No academic credit is awarded, however the project fulfills the UW-Eau Claire service learning requirement.

For students in catalog years through 2015-2016, this program fulfills the Foreign Culture requirement upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

For students in catalog years 2016 and later, this program can fulfill an integrated learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments.  Email  for details.

All Spanish and Latin American Studies majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country where the language is spoken.  This program meets the language immersion requirement.

This fall program begins in early September and ends in mid-December. Exact dates are available during the semester prior to departure.

updated 6/22/16/cc