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 city. While immersed in the language and culture of Costa Rica, participants will study at a Costa Rican 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, plus a culture component taught by the Georgia State program director. The language or content components will vary according to the students’ needs and proficiency levels (for example, Intermediate Spanish, Advanced Grammar, Advanced Conversation, Latin American Culture Heritage, etc.)
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 the Georgia State University’s Department of Modern & Classical Languages. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
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 $ 2,995.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
• Ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• Meals during homestay
• Hotels in Arenal and Manuel Antonio
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Price Does NOT Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Round-trip airfare; faculty will suggest suitable itineraries
• Non-program related public transportation during travel
• Departure tax
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
(February 28) – $500 deposit with application (March 28) – $1,500 payment (accepted students should also purchase airline tickets by this date, following itineraries suggested by program directors) (April 25) – $ 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 or contact the Office of International Initiatives, Study Abroad Programs at 404/413-2529 for more information.
Contact Enrollment Services at 404/413-2600 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.
Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at mystudyabroad.gsu.eduand begin an online application. Log in with your campus id and password!
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application. Transient Students: Please see Transient Student page atmystudyabroad.gsu.edu.
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.
Prof. Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste
Office: 873 General Classroom
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 27, 2015
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.