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Education Internship in Costa Rica

Education Internship - Costa Rica

Costa Rica 5-week Study Abroad (Summer) by University of Arizona

Heredia, Costa Rica (at Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica)

Academic Program

Our program in Costa Rica offers two summer sessions, each consisting of five weeks of Spanish immersion. Students will receive a total of 80 hours of classroom instruction with experienced professors from the University of Arizona and the Universidad Nacional. Local families host our students providing them with a taste of the real “Tico” life. By the end of the program, participants will fully understand the meaning of “Pura Vida”, the Costa Rican national phrase. The program is enhanced with excursions to places such as the cloud forest in Monteverde, Arenal Volcano, Nosara Beach, the canals of Tortuguero, and more. During class trips students are required to keep journals and conduct interviews to share with the class. As part of the program, students participate in class projects and community outreach programs, which gives them the opportunity to further develop their conversational skills.

Tentative Dates: 

Session 1: May 28 – July 1 Session 2: July 2 – August 4 

Program Cost: $4,000 excluding airfare (finding / buying airfare is responsibility of the student)

Included in program cost:

  •  6 units of intensive Spanish for Avila (8 units for U of A) – 2 courses; 1st -5th semester offered but can arrange for higher level if needed.

o   Courses Monday-Friday 8am-12pm

Courses Available

Students may enroll in up to 8 credits per session. Courses include:

  • Span 101 : First Semester Spanish   (SP 111)
  • Span 102: Second Semester Spanish (SP 112)
  • Span 201: Third Semester Spanish (SP 211)
  • Span 202: Fourth Semester Spanish (SP 222)
  • Span 251: Intermediate Spanish (Special Topics 280)

Other courses can be arranged as needed by students. Class placement will be based on courses previously taken and pre-departure interviews conducted by program directors. Students may also register for UA journalism courses, including environmental journalism, ethics, feature writing, and international media systems (contingent on enrollment).

  •         1 week-long trip and one weekend trip
  •         Homestay with local families (1 student per family)
  •         3 daily meals
  •         International Travel Insurance

Application deadline: February 15th (Application fee of $80 due), also Avila students would also have to enroll in the University of Arizona for a summer course, which would be and additional $50.

Teaching English in Costa Rica Summer 2016 Volunteer 

 Region: Latin America
 Program: Volunteer Costa Rica
 Location: San Ramon
 Base Price: $965 for 2 Weeks
 Additional Week: $245
 Groups & Family: No
 Language Required: Int. Spanish
 Minimum Duration: 2 week
 Minimum Age: 18 Years
 Accommodation Type: Dorm Home
 Meals Included: 3 Meals
 Start Dates: Summer
 Airport Pick-up: Included in price
 Travel Insurance Included: Yes

For more information on the program please click here. If you want to take a look at the brochure, click here.

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