Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

August 24 –September 21, 2024

Summer 2024

Earn 5 Green River College credits in Spanish Language

Application deadline: June 21, 2024

Payment deadline: August 1, 2024

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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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 8 students per teacher.

Intensive Spanish Language courses are offered through Intercultura Costa Rica language school, 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 to determine their class level. 


All language courses are taught by highly qualified faculty of the Intercultura Costa Rica language school.


Intercultura Costa Rica has two sites, and you will get to spend time at both of them!

You will spend three weeks studying in the mountain-city of Heredia and

One week at the beachside school location in Samara Beach




Students will stay with carefully selected local families in Costa Rica. Homestays will include continental breakfast and dinner with the family 7 days a week and serviced laundry.

Cultural Activities and Excursions

Activities in and around Heredia may include:

  • Cooking class
  • Latin dance class
  • Manuel Antonio Weekend tour
  • La Paz Waterfall tour
  • White water rafting
  • Zumba class
  • Doka Coffee tour
  • Weekend tour to Arenal volcano and Monteverde, with ziplining 

Activities in and around Samara Beach may include:

  • Kayak and snorkling tour
  • Yoga class
  • Surf lesson
  • Latin dance class

Program Fees

Program Fee: $3,333

Tuition for class credits: $618


June 21, 2024: Application due

July 1, 2024: $300 Deposit due to Intercultura language school

August 1, 2024: Balance of program fee is due to Intercultura language school

August 1, 2024: Tuition is due to GRC


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Application Process

Application Deadline: Mid-June 2024

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 enroll with the Intercultura Language School
  • Register for Spanish class directly with your study abroad coordinator
  • Attend Pre-departure orientation held on a Saturday in July (exact date and location TBD)
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