Study Abroad in Costa Rica
The Department of Modern Languages is pleased to offer a new summer study abroad and experiential learning program in collaboration with the Monteverde Institute in Monteverde, Costa Rica, beginning in May, 2022.
The Department of Modern Languages will partner with the Monteverde Institute in the Puntarenas region of Costa Rica to offer a summer study abroad and experiential learning program from May 25 to June 25, 2022. The Monteverde Institute (MVI) is a world-renowned center of study founded in 1986 and dedicated to sustainable environmental practices and community engagement. Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, and moreover lauded as a model for its progressive environmental practices. The program’s site, the Monteverde Cloud Forest, is part of the Bellbird Biological Corridor and incorporates eight different biological zones, home to thousands of species of flora and fauna. This program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to learn first-hand about sustainability and environmental stewardship, while also learning Spanish and about Costa Rican culture.
All students who are accepted to the program must take a mini-4 course the Spring semester prior to the program. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required, but an intermediate level may be needed for certain internships.
Cost & Scholarships
Cost includes: tuition and materials; entry fees and transport to excursions that are part of the required curriculum; homestay with Costa Rican families (room & board); transport to and from the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia, Costa Rica and the program site on the designated travel days for arrival and departure.
Not included: airfare to and from Costa Rica, incidental expenses.
Students must arrive to and leave from Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica.
Study Abroad ScholarshipsOur department, along with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers study abroad scholarships for students to study for a semester, full-year, or summer overseas. Scholarships can be put towards tuition, room and board, airfare and/or book expenses when participating in any accredited study abroad program. Students are encouraged to talk to program director to look for additional scholarships.
Accomodation & Travel
Upon arrival in Costa Rica, students will participate in an excursion, and stay at a local, environmentally-friendly lodge, with meals provided. Once in Monteverde, all students will be placed with local families as part of their immersive experience, with meals during the homestay provided by the families. This experience offers an invaluable way to further practice Spanish skills – at any level, and to gain first-hand insight into Costa Rican culture. Homestays are within walking distance of the Monteverde Institute.
Students are responsible for their airfare to and from the Liberia Airport in Costa Rica. Transit between the airport and the program site in Monteverde, as well as transport to required excursions, is included in the program fee.