Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

August 19 –September 16, 2023

Summer 2023

Earn 5 Green River College credits in Spanish Language

Application deadline: June 16, 2023

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: All students should expect to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel. If WCCCSA cancels a program due to COVID, we will make every effort to refund all recoverable costs.

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Study Abroad Staff

Megan Swanson, Assistant Director, Study Abroad
Megan Swanson, Assistant Director of International Education
Office Location: IVD 114      Phone: 253-931-6845


Andres Montano Leal, Study Abroad, Program Assistant
Andres Montano Leal, International Education Program Manager 

Office Location: IVD 116        Phone: 253-931-6976

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


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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: $3,168

Tuition: $600


June 23: $250 Deposit due to ICLC study abroad language school

July 10: Balance of program fee is due to ICLC study abroad language school

August 1: Tuition is due to GRC


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Application Process

Application Deadline: June 12, 2023

Application & Enrollment Process:

  • Complete a preliminary application online 
  • Attend an interview with your campus study abroad coordinator
  • Once approved, you will be provided with the link to the ICLC online enrollment form
  • Register for Spanish class directly with study abroad coordinator
  • Attend Pre-departure orientation held on a Saturday in July (exact date and location TBD)
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