Estimated cost: $4466 ( (This amount includes the $300 deposit.)

Program dates: June 6-July 25, 2017

Application deadline for 2017 program: January 20, 2017

The Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion program is ideal for students majoring or minoring in Spanish. Students will enroll in three Spanish courses and receive nine credit hours over the seven-week program. The program, as the title indicates, is designed as a cultural and linguistic immersion experience, which includes three weeks of homestays with local families in the San Luis Valley, affording the students a first-hand look at the everyday life of a Costa Rica family and the opportunity to use the Spanish language in a real life setting. During the stay in San Luis, the students will also have the opportunity to participate in the annual town festivities to honor its patron saint Luis Gonzaga.  

Program participants will be based primarily at the UGA Costa Rica campus in San Luis de Monteverde. However, the program will also explore other regions of Costa Rica on a variety of field excursions, each designed to enhance the course material and overall study abroad experience. During the first week, students will travel to campus and visit the world famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. After the second full week in-country, the group moves to the capital city of San José, where it will lodge at the Hotel Don Carlos and experience many of the city's attractions, including visits to the National Museum of Costa Rica and National Theatre, lectures from the University of Costa Rica faculty, and great meals at the city's most popular restaurants. This part of the program will also include an exciting all-day whitewater-rafting trip on the Río Pacuare!  

Following San José, the group will stop for a couple days at Arenal Volcano on the way back up to campus, where the students will enjoy the natural hot springs and a horseback riding tour around the base of the volcano. The group will then return to campus, where the students will continue their homestay experience with local families around the San Luis Valley. The summer will wind up on the Pacific Coast in the sleepy town of Manuel Antonio, which will include a visit to its pristine national park.

Contact Information

Dr. Hilda Mata
 

Academic Courses

SPAN 3020 - Advanced Composition & Conversation
SPAN 3040 - Introduction to Analysis of Hispanic Cultures
SPAN 4080 - Culture & Literature in Latin America
SPAN(LACS) 4090S - Practicum in Service-Learning
SPAN 4150 - Business Spanish

Scholarship Information

UGA Foundation Incentive Scholarship for Study Abroad
OIE General Scholarship

* Program Cost:

Program fees cover all lodging in-country, three meals per day, travel insurance, and all sponsored in-country transportation and entry fees. They do not include UGA in-state tuition† and fees, personal purchases, and international airfare. For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the UGA Bursar's website.

* The final program fee is subject to student enrollment.
† Note: Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition. Additionally, the HOPE  and Zell Miller scholarships apply to those who are eligible.

More Information

Please visit the GoAbroad Portal for full program information.