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GSU - Spanish Studies in Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Summer 2016 01/31/2016 ** N/A 05/08/2016 06/15/2016

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Home Stay, Hotel/Hostel
Language of Instruction: Spanish Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Hector Fernandez-L'Hoeste Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: Modern and Classical Languages Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:

Spanish Studies in  Costa Rica 
May 8 - June 17, 2016

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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 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.

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.

Price Includes
• 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
• Passport
• Departure tax
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

(February 26) –
$500 deposit with application
(March 25) – $1,500 payment (accepted students should also purchase airline tickets by this date, following itineraries suggested by program directors)
(April 22) – $ 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.

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 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 and 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 at
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      
873 General Classroom         


Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.