Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Summer Quarter 2019
Saturday, August 17 to Saturday, September 14, 2019

Earn 5 Green River College credits in Spanish Language
Approval application deadline: May 17, 2019
Deposit and On-line Enrollment deadline: June, 14, 2019
Program Fees due: July 12, 2019

This program is offered every summer quarter

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.

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Contact Us

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Cindy Card

Program Coordinator
Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 2160
Fax: 253-288-3419

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Megan Swanson
Location: IVD 116
Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 4892

Detailed brochures and applications are available for each program. Information meetings are arranged as needed. Group orientation sessions are scheduled prior to departure.


McIntyre International Village D (IVD) 115


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Application Form

Study Abroad Preliminary Application

Funding Information

Study Abroad Funding Tips [PDF]

Scholarships for Study Abroad


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 activities. Language class sizes are never larger than 5 students per teacher.

Intensive Spanish Language courses at Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense (ICLC), 20 hours of instruction per week.  No prior Spanish language proficiency required.

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: $3,136

June 14, 2019: $250 non-refundable deposit is due 

July 12, 2019: $2,886 program balance is due 




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Application Process

Application Process:

  • Complete preliminary application application and return it, along with required documents, to your campus coordinator by Friday, May 17, 2019.
  • Once approved, you will be provided with the link to the ICLC online enrollment form.
  • Pay the $250 deposit online by Friday, June 14, 2019.
  • Remaining balance of the program fee is due Friday, July 12, 2019.
  • Register for Spanish class directly with study abroad coordinator.
  • Pre-departure orientation held on a Saturday in July at Bellevue College (exact date TBD)
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