Spanish Language Immersion in Costa Rica


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at x-period (1:40-2:30 pm) in Irby room 205.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at x-period (1:40-2:30 pm) in Irby room 205.

Students who study abroad in Costa Rica live with Costa Rican families and attend classes five hours a day (Monday to Thursday) at the Costa Rican Language Academy. Students will get credit for six (6) hours of electives. Normally those courses required for the major or minor in Spanish must be taken in residence. Approval by Dept. of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures is required. Students have a mixture of planned activities and free time to explore the country.

In addition, CRLA offers the following services for UCA students:

Latin Dance Classes, weekly conversation classes, weekly Costa Rican cooking classes, 24-hour airport pick-up, books and class materials, Internet service & wireless internet access, telephone access for local calls & mail service, fresh coffee & fruit refreshments, wholesaler tour rates for students (optional excursions/activities), travel arrangements, bus ticket purchase and hotel reservations.

Costa Rica Study Abroad

SPAN 3398 Spanish Conversation and Grammar Review
SPAN 3340 Central American and Costa Rican Civilization and Culture

Honors credit is also available. Honors students may contact Patricia Smith in the Honors College for more information.

Dr. Jaime Zambrano, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dr. Jaime Zambrano,
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dr. Jaime Zambrano is currently an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Central Arkansas.

A native of Colombia, Dr. Zambrano received his Ph.D from the University of Missouri and specializes in contemporary Spanish American literature and contemporary Spanish American narrative. His current areas of focus include Central American literature and violence in the Central American novel. Since 2001, Dr. Zambrano has been leading groups of students to San Jose, Costa Rica with the Spanish Language Immersion program.


Dr. Jaime Zambrano • Irby Hall Room 207E • Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures

Program Orientation Dates: Located in Irby room 205 at x-period (1:40-2:30)

  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Travel Dates: May 20-June 17, 2018 (Tentative)

Deadline to Apply: Friday, Feb. 23rd


Cost Includes:

Course tuition at CRLA, home stay accommodations with a Costa Rican family, all breakfasts, dinners and laundry service.  International Medical Insurance, San Jose Airport Pick-up Service and 6 credit hours Spanish Language transferable to UCA.

Cost does NOT include:

Airfare & Transportation Fees while abroad, Lunches (available for purchase within walking distance or at the school), Weekend Excursions & Optional Activities.

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