You will be enrolled in six (6) credit hours of lower or upper division courses and will do a series of assignments, both orally and in writing, for your Georgia Southern professor. Graduate students will earn three (3) hours. Additionally, as part of your immersion experience, each morning, Monday–Friday, in small groups, you will spend four hours practicing your language skills with native speakers who are trained in teaching their language to foreigners.
Service Learning Component
While in Costa Rica, students will complete a mandatory Service Learning Experience.
CPI Heredia founded in 1991, is located in San Joaquín de Flores. San Joaquín, a suburb of Heredia, is popular among those who wish to be away from the traffic, pollution and tension of the city, yet still want the advantage of easy access to Costa Rica’s capital. Excellent bus service provides transportation from San Joaquín to both Heredia and San José. An additional advantage of San Joaquín is the opportunity to gain an increased insight into Costa Rican culture in a town that is typically “Tico”. The fourth week of the program will be spent in Monte Verde, where students will participate in a variety of outdoor experiences in the tropical forest.
Excursions and Cultural Activities
- Volunteer service
- La Paz Waterfall Garden & Poás Volcano
- National Park Manuel Antonio (Includes: Hotel, Transportation and Meals)
- Monteverde Cloud Forest
Program Fees: $2,900 (approx.) Paid directly to the language institute in Costa Rica
- 4 weeks of intensive language training
- Housing with a Costa Rican family
- Two meals a day (breakfast and dinner)
- Transportation between home-stay and SJO airport
Does Not Include:
- Georgia Southern Tuition and Fees ($1456.02)
- International health insurance (required by Georgia Southern)
- Air fare (approx. $800)
- Lunches (approx. $200)
- Incidental expenses (public transportation, etc.)
- 2.0 Cumulative GPA
- Commitment to speak Spanish during the program
Many forms of financial aid can be applied to the study abroad program fees; please note that the Hope scholarship applies to your Georgia Southern summer tuition, although it cannot be used to pay the program fees themselves. Georgia Southern students who intend to pay all or part of the study abroad program fee with financial aid should meet with their financial aid advisor asap and should apply for summer financial aid no later than March 1, 2017. Students from other University System of Georgia schools should contact their financial aid office at their home institution for instructions.
All participants need a valid passport to enter Costa Rica. Please secure the passport as soon as possible. Medical and liability documents will be provided by the Study Abroad Office for each participant to complete prior to departure. International health insurance is included in the programs fees and is required by Georgia Southern.
For more information contact:
Dr. Eric Kartchner, Forest Drive 1302B, 912-478-5282
Last updated: 9/1/2017