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Spanish Language Immersion in Costa Rica

Program Description

Students who education abroad in Costa Rica live with Costa Rican host families and attend classes five hours a day (Monday to Thursday) at the Costa Rican Language Academy. Students will earn credit for 6 hours of electives. Normally these 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 Costa Rica.

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.

Health and Safety 

Students registering for programs agree to the following: I understand that UCA does not control requirements of vendors, universities, and other stakeholders for study abroad programing. Should a vendor or organization require masks, vaccinations, quarantine, or other measures regarding COVID 19, I agree to follow these requirements. While UCA and its partners will work to update students, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to take measures to protect themselves from the spread of disease.

Students must attend one health and safety meeting in the spring semester.

Participants will be enrolled in comprehensive international insurance for the duration of programming.

Course Offerings



Honors credit is also available. Honors students may contact Dr. Patricia Smith for more information.

Important Dates

Tentative Travel Dates:  May 15th – June 11th 2022 (exact dates TBA)

Interest Meeting Date: September 21st at X-period on Zoom

Apply for your passport.

Apply for scholarships.

Program Application Open Date: Mid-October 2021

Application and Deposit Deadline: February 4, 2022

Assisting Faculty Leader

Contact Dr. Travis Sorenson for more information on courses and credits.

Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures

Program Cost

2022 Costa Rica Language Immersion Program Cost

For information about international insurance coverage: