- Heredia, Costa Rica
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
Costa Rica is well known for its peaceful lifestyle, egalitarian society and extraordinary natural beauty. USAC students study intensive elementary, intermediate and advanced Spanish and elective subjects such as art history, biology, ecology, political science, business and anthropology in Heredia, a colonial city nestled in the foothills above San Jose. Elective subjects are taught in English or in Spanish. The USAC programs are located at the National University of Costa Rica. Field trips are included on which you can hike in the jungle or to a volcano, swim off beautiful beaches or ride in an aerial tram across the canopy of a jungle. For an even more indepth view, you can elect to participate in the optional six day tours offered to the north and south of Costa Rica and Nicaragua and not only sightsee but also take part in such activities as kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling or soaking in thermal hot springs as you watch an active volcano erupt. You are encouraged to opt for the appropriate language track which will fulfill foreign language requirements and enhance your ability to communicate during your stay in Costa Rica.
Internships, field trips to both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the rain forest, nature reserves and visits to folkloric events and village festivals and home stays form an integral part of the program. Numerous levels of Spanish language courses and no language requirement.
Program fees include tuition, orientation, housing, field trips, some entries to museums and cultural events, and health insurance.
- Setting Description:
- Only 25 minutes by bus from downtown San Jose, Heredia is nestled in the foothills. The city is surrounded by coffee plantations and ranches and is one of the gateways to the majestic Poás Volcano. Heredia offers the peace and rural beauty of a smaller city along with access to the capital city.
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