Spanish Language Immersion: Costa Rica

Paradise Flower CR Ali

Tropical flowers at CRLA  photo by Ali Depner.

Interest Meeting:Tuesday, October 25 at 1:40 in Irby 205

Orientation Meetings in Spring 2017

2017 Program Date Options:

May 28th – June 25th (4 weeks)  OR May 28th- July 9th (6 weeks)

This includes travel to and from Costa Rica.

In conjunction with the Costa Rican Language Academy

Costa Rica

Language Immersion in Costa Rica, 2016.

CostCosta Rica Program Cost 2017

Cost Includes:

Course tuition, home stay accommodations with a Costa Rican family, all breakfasts, dinners and laundry service.  International Student Identity Card & Emergency Coverage, 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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Language Immersion in Costa Rica, 2015.

Course Details:

Spanish 3398 Central-American and Costa Rican Culture, Spanish 2340 Intensive Oral Practice Abroad in Costa Rica, Advanced Oral Practice Abroad in Costa Rica 3340.

SPAN 3398 & SPAN 3340 (if Span 2320 taken before)

Courses are held 5 hours per day Monday through Thursday.  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.

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 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.


Course option offered on all language immersion study abroad programs with approval by Honors College. Please contact Patricia Smith, Assistant Dean •  McAlister 305A (501) 450-5295

“For me, the trip to Costa Rica boosted my confidence in speaking Spanish which made me a much better communicator…having to navigate situations on a daily basis really helped my language skills!” – Katie Beck, participant of Language Immersion in Costa Rica 2015.

Apply to study in Costa Rica by Friday, February 24, 2017 in the Study Abroad Office.

Email the Office of Study Abroad to schedule a meeting with a peer advisor to learn more!


Assisting Faculty



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 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


For more information regarding this experience, visit the website below.

Costa Rica 2015

Photo submitted by 2015 Costa Rica Participant, Lindsey Koonce.

How do I apply?

Complete the online study abroad application, found on the tab above labeled “Apply Now” then follow the instructions provided. You must make an appointment to submit your completed application to the Office of Study Abroad.

Bears in Costa Rica 2016

Participants in the 2016 Costa Rica Spanish Language Immersion Program.