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Summer Studies Abroad in Costa Rica

May 4 - June 1, 2014

Come study Spanish in Heredia, Costa Rica, the City of Flowers!  Over the course of four weeks, you can earn six credits for courses in Spanish language, culture, and literature at the 2000 through 4000-levels. Courses are taught by UWG faculty and by faculty at the host school, the Intercultura Centro de Idiomas.  In additional to academic classes, you can also participate in extracurricular activities such as dance classes, cooking classes, film series, and conversation exchanges with Costa Rican university students.  You will live and dine with Costa Rican families selected carefully by Intercultura for their friendliness, welcoming homes, and proximity to the school.  Please see Intercultura's website at

Located approximately 20 minutes outside the capital city San Jose, Heredia is a picturesque colonial town, as well as home to Costa Rica's National University.  It is within close driving distance of the 2014 excursion destinations, which are included in the program price:

Café Britt Coffee Plantation tour (afternoon trip)

Irazu Volcano tour (day trip)

Arenal Volcano with Baldi Hot Springs (1 night)

Manuel Antonio National Park and Beaches (2 nights)

Here's a preview from the 2013 program participants! 

Katherine Ault '14 (pictured with Amber Waters '15)


"It might seem intimidating at first, but you will not regret a minute of studying abroad in Costa Rica. The combination of cultural, recreational and educational aspects of this trip cannot be found anywhere else, nor will you find a trip with such opportunities. I have never met such kind and giving people as the families that housed us students. Intercultura, the school in which we studied, not only provided us with engaging Spanish courses but were filled with people from all over the world who became our friends as well during our stay in Heredia. Heredia is an interesting city with plenty to do and see within walking distance from Intercultura, but my favorite part of the trip had to be the excursions. We visited active volcanoes, San José, Pacific and Caribbean beaches, as well as coffee plantations, just to name a few. Along with all these amazing experiences you also receive six credit hours of Spanish courses from just four weeks of classes, which perfectly sets you up to complete a language requirement or begin a minor. For me personally, I finished the last two full courses of a Spanish major. Taking language courses abroad also gives a boost to your résumé for whatever career you plan to pursue. Not only did I leave Costa Rica with more education of Spanish language and culture, but also a new group of friends I have remained in contact with since then. Study abroad in Costa Rica! ¡Pura vida!"

Akilah Roberts '16 (pictured with UWG professor Dr. Euisuk Kim)


"Traveling to Costa Rica took the number one spot of best things that have happened in my life. Along with experiencing the different culture of the classroom and learning from a native speaker, the study abroad trip to Costa Rica offered innumerable learning experiences. I love my homestay family and still keep in contact via Facebook. This trip helped me to apply what I had been learning in the States in real life. It also helped confirm my love for travels and push me towards studying abroad in Argentina in the Summer of 2014 so that I can experience another culture. When I graduate, I plan on volunteering for the Peace Corps and, afterwards, working for the United Nations."