Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Summer 2022

Earn 5 Green River College credits in Spanish Language

Application deadline: May 20, 2022

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.

COVID-19 Update: Students traveling on WCCCSA-sponsored study abroad programs travel as tourists, and do not need a student visa. Below are updates on tourism entry rules as of 4/14/2022. All students should expect to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel. Once a country is open to tourists, the status of a program still depends on your home college‚Äôs travel policies related to COVID-19. 

As of 4/21/22, GRC is allowing student travel to Costa Rica, as the State Department travel advisory is a Level 2

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Megan Swanson, Program Manager
Office Location: IVD 116
Phone: 253-931-6845


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Earn 5 Humanities Credits

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

Intensive Spanish Language courses are offered through Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense (ICLC) where students take classes 5 days a week, 4 hours per day for a total of 20 hours of instruction per week.  No prior Spanish language proficiency required. Students will take a placement test during first-day orientation. 


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


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.




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 7 days a week and serviced laundry.

Cultural Activities and Excursions

At ICLC, the Life and Culture program offers a series of activities.

  • Doka coffee plantation tour
  • Alajuela city tour, museum visit, and welcome lunch
  • Visit to Poas Volcano & La Paz Waterfalls (includes entrance fees, transportation and lunch)
  • 3-day, 2-night excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park (includes lodging, transortation and breakfast)

Program Fees

Program Fee: $2,961 (paid to ICLC school in Costa Rica)

May 24: $250 non-refundable deposit is due 

July: Program fee balance is due ($2,711)


Tuition: $500 (paid to Green River College) Due in July




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Application Process

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Application Process:

  • Complete a Study Abroad Program Application and return it, along with required documents, to your campus coordinator by May 15 2022.
  • Once approved, you will be provided with the link to the ICLC online enrollment form.
  • Pay the $250 deposit online by mid-June 2021.
  • Remaining balance of the program fee is due mid-July 2021
  • Register for Spanish class directly with study abroad coordinator.
  • Pre-departure orientation held on a Saturday in July (exact date and location TBD)
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