Program Details

In this intensive program, students will be enrolled in language classes that meet Monday-Friday from four hours to half of the day. Classes will be determined by the student's level of proficiency or based upon the last semester of Spanish language compl
Location:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
USF's month-long Spanish language and culture program in Costa Rica is conducted in collaboration with a well-established Spanish language institute, Instituto Universal de Idiomas. USF has partnered with Universal de Idiomas to offer its summer language program in Costa Rica for a number of years. The program is designed to accelerate and enhance students' knowledge of the Spanish language, while at the same time allowing them to become immersed in Costa Rican culture. By participating in this intensive language program, students earn USF course credit and make progress toward meeting foreign language and summer enrollment graduation requirements. The program features Spanish language classes from beginning through intermediate levels, taught by host institution and USF instructors in pleasant facilities. Class sizes are small by design to facilitate learning. Pre-departure and on-site orientations will prepare students to gain the most from the experience. Organized cultural excursions to locales outside of San Jose complement classes.

In this intensive program, students will be enrolled in language classes that meet Monday-Friday from four hours to half of the day. Classes will be determined by the student's level of proficiency or based upon the last semester of Spanish language completed at USF or student's home institution. Spanish classes are offered at all levels, though students who have completed at least one semester of Spanish or the equivalent will gain the most benefit. Depending on the student's level, he/she may be placed in classes taught by institute teaching staff or one class taught by the institute. Available Courses: Spanish 1 (SPN 1120) - 5 credit hours Spanish 2 (SPN 1121) - 5 credit hours Spanish 3 (SPN 2200) - 3 credit hours Spanish 4 (SPN 2201) - 3 credit hours Conversation 1 (SPN 2240) - 3 credit hours Conversation 2 (SPN 2241) - 3 credit hours Advanced Conversation (SPN 2341) - 3 credit hours Journaling/Basic Conversation (SPN 2270) - 1 credit hour Latin American Culture and Civilization (SPN 4470) - 3 credit hours Expository Writing-taught exclusively in Spanish (SPN 4301) - 3 credit hours Program Director, Nancy DiBella, must approve appropriate course credit for each student, and sign a Course Approval Form (also a part of the Application Packet) confirming academic acceptance into the program. To be registered for USF credit, students must return the signed form to the USF Education Abroad Office.

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Setting Description:
Costa Rica boasts a wealth of natural scenic beauty and a pleasant climate year-round. San Jose, the program site, is the capital and geographical heart of Costa Rica. The language institute in San Jose, where students attend classes, is situated in the center of the city, close to museums, parks, a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, and shopping centers. A very economical and reliable city bus system allows participants to travel between the city and the suburbs a short distance away, where many of the program's homestay accommodations are located. On day-out excursions from the city, participants will experience the contrasts and variety of scenery in the region around San Jose, the Central Valley. Weekend travel will allow time for travel to Costa Rica's famous volcanoes, its Caribbean and Pacific beaches, white-water rivers and immense tropical forest reserves.
Cost:
Program Costs Program fee: $2900 Included: Accompaniment and on-site program direction by USF instructor Language classes taught by qualified language institute instructors Course taught by USF instructor Homestay accommodations with breakfast and dinner daily All program related, in-country transportation Health Insurance Group excursions Not Included: International Airfare (estimate $350-550) Personal spending (lunches at $3-5; entertainment to vary by individual) Payment Schedule Within 5

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