The Summer Spanish Language Intensive in San Jose is designed for students at the beginner or intermediate level of Spanish who want to achieve stronger proficiency in the language. No prior Spanish knowledge is required. 

Courses are taught by Universidad de Costa Rica faculty, and students will be in classes with other international students. The program has three summer term options: two one-month options for 3 U.S. credit hours and a two-month option for 6 U.S. credits.

Students live with host families during their time in Costa Rica. The program places students with host families because of the great strides students have in their language ability and it allows them to become more integrated in Costa Rican society and culture. Students consistenly report that host families are one of the highlights of their experience in Costa Rica! 

During their on-site orientation students will take a city tour of San José to become familiar with the city and visit important sites of interest. Students on the one month program will go on one excursion and students on the two month program will go on two excursions. Past excursions have included trips to the beach and La Fortuna waterfall and Arenal volcano.

There are two summer sessions. Session One is in June and session Two is in July. Students may attend one or both sessions. To indicate which session(s) you are applying for below, select the June option for Session One, the July option for Session Two, or the June to July option for both sessions.

Course Description

Students on the one-month program will earn 3 credits and students on the two-month program will earn 6 credits. The credits earned will be SPAN 170, SPAN 270, or SPAN 370, depending on Spanish level. All students will take a placement test upon arrival to determine the appropriate enrollment.

Each month, students will take two UCR courses: a Spanish language course and an elective course. The courses are taught by UCR faculty members, and will appear on a University of Kansas transcript as one course worth three U.S. credit hours. The Spanish language course focuses on reading, writing, and speaking skills. For the elective course, students will choose between a grammar and conversation course, depending on which skill they want to focus on and their placement exam. The conversation course could contain some volunteer work. 

Students on the two-month program will progress in level in the Spanish language course and will choose the other elective for the second month. 

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Academics

Undergraduate
(in Spanish)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Spanish Language and Literature

  • Language and Culture Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.5 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation

Special Application Instructions

There are two summer sessions. Session One is in June and session Two is in July. Students may attend one or both sessions. To indicate which session(s) you are applying for below, select the June option for Session One, the July option for Session Two, or the June to July option for both sessions.

Other Academic Conditions

A placement test will be given upon arrival in Costa Rica and students will be placed in the appropriate level of a Spanish language course.  

The program is open to students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

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