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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

UTSA in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Study Abroad Trip

Summer 2017

 

Application deadline extended to Feb. 6, 2017

 

Location:  Heredia, Costa Rica


Eligible Participants:

  • Spanish majors and minors, and any non-major with appropriate language skills

  • Prerequisite: SPN 1024 or the equivalent

Credit (3hrs):                        

  • The hours to transfer credit from Latin University of Costa Rica

Extracurricular Activites:    

  • Cultural activities

  • Volunteer and community service activities

  • In-country adventures (rainforest hikes, ziplining, rafting)


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For more information, contact the Modern Languages Department at 210-458-4377


Estimated Program Cost  $2,495

         Includes:

  • Tuition for one class

  • Homestay (Room & Board)

  • All Meals & Laundry Service

  • Onsite Directors & Staff (with 24 hour a day support)

  • Excursions and Cultural Activities

  • Volunteer and Community Service

  • Pre-departure Advising

  • Program Orientation

  • Airport Transfers

  • Books and Onsite Tutoring

  • Reception & Farewell Event

  • Official Transcript

  • International Medical Insurance

  • Language Exchange

Not included:                        

  • Roundtrip Airfare from San Antonio (around $700)

  • UTSA International Education Fee ($150)

 


 

Highlights from Previous Study Abroad Trips

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

A weekend excursion to Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio provided opportunities for swimming and whitewater rafting for the group.  The park is on the Pacific Coast side near the town of Quepos and is considered one of the most scenic parks in the world, known for beautiful beaches and hiking trails. 

Heredia

Classes at Universidad Latina began on July 14 and the students were evaluated and placed in the appropriate level.  

The group visited La Casa de Cultura in Heredia, the restored home of former Costa Rican president Afred Gonzalez Flores.  At La Casa de Cultura the students were given the opportunity to dress is traditional style and learn folk dances of the various regions.  They also visited a local church and shopped in the local market to practic their Spanish ordering coffee, bread, and fruit.

Cooking Class

The students received hands-on experience in preparing local fruits and vegetables the Costa Rican way during cooking classes. 

Poas Volcano National Park

The group's first excursion was to Poas Volcano National Park.  The 8,885-foot Poas Volcano remains one of Costa Rica's largest and most active volcanoes and attracts thousands of visitors per year.  Lake Botos is an inactive crater also located within the Poás Volcano National Park.

 

 

Arenal Volcano National Park

Another excursion took students to the Arenal Volcano National Park.  The volcano is 5,437 feet high and is currently inactive.  Activities included zipline rides, hiking in the rainforest, and visiting a wildlife rescue center to get close up and personal with sloths, toucans, and other indigenous animals.