Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Summer Quarter 2020 
Saturday, August 22 to Saturday, September 19, 2020

Earn 5 Green River College credits in Spanish Language
Approval application deadline: June 19, 2020
Deposit and On-line Enrollment deadline: Approx. June 26, 2020
Program Fees due: Approx. July 22, 2020

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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Megan Swanson, Program Manager
Location: IVD 114
Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 4892


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Phone: 253-833-9111, ext. 2145


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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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12401 SE 320th St.
Auburn, WA, 98092


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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 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: $3,136

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 a Study Abroad Program Application and return it, along with required documents, to your campus coordinator by Friday, June 19, 2020.
  • Once approved, you will be provided with the link to the ICLC online enrollment form.
  • Pay the $250 deposit online by Friday, June 19, 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 (exact date and location TBD)
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