Spanish Language Immersion in Costa Rica


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 6, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Please plan to attend one of our two mandatory Health and Safety meetings.
    Attendance of a Health and Safety meeting is required in order to participate in your study abroad program. 
    Here are the dates for our Health and Safety meetings:
    Thursday, March 8, 2018    4-5PM                       Burdick Room 205
    Thursday, March 15, 2018  1:40-2:30 (x period)  Old Main Room 114

Travel Dates: May 20-June 17, 2018

Deadline to Apply: Friday, Feb. 23rd

2018 Spanish Language Immersion in San Jose, Costa Rica

Assisting Faculty Member: Dr. Jamie Zambrano

May 20-June 17, 2018

Optional: Students may arrange to stay and to volunteer for a week beyond these dates incurring additional cost such as accommodations.

Total Program Fee Charged to Student Account: $1,820.00


San Jose Airport Pick-up Service

Accommodations (Homestay arrangements facilitated by the Costa Rican Language  

Academy in San Jose, Costa Rica, 2 students per home)

Textbook/Class materials

Some meals (Daily breakfast and dinner at the host home) and laundry service at host home

International Medical Insurance with iNext

6 credit hours of Spanish Language transferable to UCA

Study Abroad Fee ($40.00)


Estimated additional costs not included in program price:

Roundtrip Flight ($700 est.)

Some Meals est. $150 (Lunch is not included. If leaving San Jose on the weekend, meals are not included.)

Passport Fees

Optional Excursions Abroad  (Participants may participate in weekend trips/excursions at their own expense.)

Local Transportation Abroad

Personal Expenses


Program Fee Payment Schedule

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Registration deadline including 500.00 deposit to the Office of Student Accounts. Pay on CashNet or with Students Accounts. Please bring the receipt to the Study Abroad Office.
Friday, March 9, 2018 – Installment $660.00
Friday, April 13, 2018   – Installment  $660.00

Costa Rica 2018 budget

What if I received a scholarship or financial aid for the study abroad?

Program payments are independent of financial aid disbursement schedules. Program participants are responsible for all payments by the posted deadline regardless of the time funds are released.


For information about insurance coverage: