Spanish Studies in Costa Rica
May 7 - June 16, 2017
6 Credit Hours
“After this experience, I hold myself to a higher standard while I’m in the classroom. I push myself and participate. Any chance I get to speak Spanish I take it. My grades reflect this transformation. My friends and co-workers have noticed a change in me. I am a lot more patient with myself and others now because I had to be patient with others and others had to be patient with me while abroad so that we could understand each other.” - Ashton
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The Georgia State University program of Spanish Studies in San José, Costa Rica is an exciting six-week program in a vibrant Central American capital. While immersed?in the language and culture of Costa Rica, participants?will study at a host language school in San José and travel throughout the country. Participants will take two courses, each with a language or content component taught by local instructors. The language or content components will vary according to the students’ needs and proficiency levels.
Intensive language courses last four hours per day. In addition, students will attend a daily one-hour cultural component seminar taught by the program director to learn about Costa Rican culture and history.
The academic program will also offer a choice of electives. Courses will be scheduled Monday through Thursdays so students can participate in weekend excursions. Course hours and field trips account for more than 60 hours. Two weekends will be open for personal travel, though students are encouraged to travel through tours offered by our host school.
Students may also participate in extracurricular activities such as tropical dance, cooking, or arts & crafts lessons. There will also be access to free Wi-Fi and a computer lab.
Students will be placed with selected Costa Rican homestays. Students will be provided a room and breakfast and dinner with the host family, seven days per week. Our host school has many families with whom it?has worked for many years. Georgia State students will be placed in groups of two or three with Costa Rican families. All families live within a short traveling distance from campus. Affordable local public transportation services all host family homes. San José is known for being among the safest and friendliest cities in Latin America.
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.
The program is open to undergraduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State’s Department of Modern & Classical Languages. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program directors.
CREDITS AND COURSES
Participants who successfully complete the program’s two courses will receive six semester hours of course credit at Georgia State. Students should register for SPAN 2901, SPAN 2902, SPAN 3339 and SPAN 3396, or any of the corresponding courses available for the summer semester. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.The program cost is tentatively set at $2,995, PLUS regular Georgia State tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of- state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
• Ground transportation (except for daily buses, taxis, or Uber to school), excursions, and entrance fees • Meals during homestay (breakfast and dinner)
• Hotels in Arenal (all meals included) and Manuel Antonio (breakfast included)
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Round-trip airfare; the program director will suggest suitable itineraries
• Non-program related public transportation during travel
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
February 24: $500 Deposit with application
March 24: $1,500 First Payment
April 21: $995 Remaining balance
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance: Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit mystudyabroad.gsu.edu and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at (404) 413-2529 for more information.
Students interested in applying should select 'Apply Now' above and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the How to Apply Section on our Prospective Student Page.
Application Deadline: February 24, 2017
International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
May 7 Arrival in San José, Costa Rica
May 8 Academic program begins
May 12 City tour, Teatro Nacional, Gold Museum
May 13 Tour of the Poás volcano, La Paz Waterfalls
May 14 Coffee plantation tour
May 20-21 Trip to Arenal volcano and hot springs
June 2-4 Trip to Manuel Antonio National Park
June 15 Final day of academic program
June 16 Return to Atlanta
Program Director: Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste, Ph.D.
Office address: Langdale Hall 873
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 24, 2017
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.