Academics

Study Abroad

Costa Rica

Orchid

Summer Quarter 2014

Saturday, August 23 - Saturday, September 20, 2014

4 weeks
Earn 5 Green River Community College credits in Spanish Language

Apply by May 16, 2014

Costa Rica is best known for its towering volcanoes, pristine beaches, rainforests and unique birds and wildlife. Costa Rica also has a long tradition of democracy, an excellent health care system and the highest literacy rate in Central America. Living in a foreign culture will help students acquire the language faster and it provides the opportunity to practice and apply what is learned in the classroom.

 

Courses

Academic Program:

This is a study program. Students must register for 5 credits in Spanish Language and are expected to fully participate in all class ctivities. Language class sizes are never larger than 5 students per teacher.

Faculty:
All language courses are taught by highly qualified faculty of the ICLC Institute.

Location

Classes will be held at the Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense (ICLC), Costa Rica's premier language institute.  ICLC is set on a hillside surrounded with tropical flowers and fruits in Alajuela, Costa Rica's second largest city.  Enjoy the countryside of coffee and sugar plantations while being within 30 minutes from the capital, San Jose.

                                                  

Accommodations

Students will stay with carefully selected local families in Costa Rica. All students will have their own room and home stay which will include continental breakfast and dinner by the family and serviced laundry.

Activities

Cultural Activities and Excursions:

At ICLC, the Life and Culture program offers a series of local visits and mini-courses.

  • Alajuela city tour and welcome lunch.
  • Doka coffee plantation tour, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls.  Transportation, entrance fees and lunch included.
  • 3-day, 2 night excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park with transportation, lodging and breakfast included.
  • Farewell lunch.

Program Fees

Program Fee: $2,949 plus airfare and tuition for 5 credits


Included:

  • Private room in Costa Rican home
  • Daily continental breakfast and dinner while in homestay
  • Laundry services in homestay
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pick-up by host family (between 7 am - 10 pm)
  • Spanish instruction for 4 hours per day
  • On-site support
  • Excursions listed above


Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Costa Rican departure tax (approx. $27)
  • College tuition and fees
  • Taxi to airport at end of program (approx. $30)
  • Passport fees (and visa fees, if applicable). Costa Rican departure tax 
  • Lunch (about $7 per day)
  • Communication outside of Costa Rica (phone, internet, etc.)
  • Wire transfer fees
  • Optional weekend trips and excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional field trips or excursions offered by ICLC
  • Anything not specified as included

Application Process

Application Requirements:

Students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to apply. Transcripts are required. Minimum age is 18 (17 with permission).