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Academics - Costa Rica Summer
Costa RIca Summer
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. You must have completed Spanish 202 prior to participation in this program.

During this eight-week program you will take two three-credit Spanish language or Culture courses for a total of six credits. The following courses will be tentatively offered during summer 2016:

    Spanish Language Courses:
    Span 301: Advanced Composition (3 credits)
    Span 302: Advanced Conversation & Composition (3 credits)
    Span 352: Latin American Civilization (3 credits)
    Span 405: Advanced Conversation (3 credits)

    Culture Course (taught in Spanish)
    Culture of Costa Rica (3 credits of Span 930U, Spanish upper division elective)

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

If you have NOT taken Span 301 prior to departure, you will enroll in Span 301 and Span 302.

Span 302 is normally a pre-requisite for Span 352; therefore, students who will have completed Span 302 prior to departure will be given preference.  Remaining spaces will be filled according to student's usual registration priority; however, taking Span 302 and Span 352 simultaneously will require permission from the chair of Languages.  

For students in catalog years through 2015-2016, six credits of the Foreign Culture requirement can be waived 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 program is 8 weeks.  The dates for summer 2017 are May 26 to July 26.   
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