Spanish Studies Program: Costa Rica

Situated in Heredia, the Universidad Nacional combines excellent academics with extensive opportunities to get involved in campus life and the surrounding community. An innovative university in an outstanding natural environment, UN offers cross-cultural studies curriculum, abundant opportunities for family home stays, and cultural activities. Students are housed with a carefully selected host family from the Heredia Christian community to provide a genuine immersion experience. Only one student will live with each host family for maximum cultural and language integration. Students will have the opportunity to interact and practice their language proficiency in opportunities centered around their own area of interest (missions, ministry, health care, etc.). Students may take up to four classes that can be credited toward the General Education language requirement; and up to 12 units for Spanish minors or majors.

Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country and although it’s small, it shelters 6 percent of the existing biodiversity in the entire world and 25.58 percent of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory. In 2011, Costa Rica was highlighted by UNDP for being a good performer of environmental sustainability and having a better record on human development and inequality than the median of their region.

Admission to the program requires a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher and the completion of 30 or more units of university education prior to beginning the program. For additional information, contact the Department of Modern Languages, (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3770.

To begin the application process, please contact the Center for Global Learning and Engagement.