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Costa Rica
& Central American Studies
Summer Study Abroad Program

May 25-June 16, 2013

Three Week Program
6 credit hours: Social Sciences & Spanish

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OVERVIEW The 3-week Costa Rica Program offers students an extraordinary intercultural immersion learning opportunity by combining an intensive language course and family homestay, with interdisciplinary study of Central America through social & behavioral science perspectives, field study, and excursions around beautiful tropical Costa Rica. With its remarkable history, rich heritage, diverse population, and renowned natural beauty, Costa Rica’s active participation in today’s globalized world makes it an opportune case study to examine and explore many of the current challenges and dilemmas facing Latin America.

LOCATION The dynamic capital city of San José is our host site. Host families and classes are based in the San Pedro section of the city, near to Costa Rican universities. Our local host institution is Comunicare: Linguistic, Cultural and Community Service Center, which has many years of experience in coordinating this ASU study abroad program.

FIELDTRIPS make our studies come alive to enhance our understanding of the region. These include two weekend excursions to BOTH COASTS--to a tropical rafnforest preserve in Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast, and to the beautiful Caribbean coast in Limón province and a trek to an indigenous community in Talamanca. Several day trips explore the country’s historical capital in Cartago, banana, coffee, chayote plantations, urban markets, museums, city neighborhoods, and more.

ELIGIBILITY The program is open to students who have completed two years of academic study in good standing (min 2.50 GPA). All majors are welcome. Proficiency in Spanish is NOT a prerequisite; language classes will be offered at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Fluent and heritage speakers welcome too! Students from other universities may also join the program.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM & COURSES Students take two courses (6 credits)

  • SPA 494 | ST: Spanish in Costa Rica (3) Study Spanish in an intensive, small-class, immersion environment. Language classes integrate social issues and are offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
  • Central American Studies (3) (ASB 356, GCU 356, POL 354, SBS 356, or SOC 356). Interdisciplinary social science course explores geographic, political, economic, and socio-cultural issues pertaining to Costa Rica in the wider context of Central America. A final project gives students the opportunity to conduct their own ethnographic fieldwork in San José. General studies credits: Global Awareness, Social & Behavioral (G & SB)

LIVING ACCOMMODATIONS Housing with wonderful Costa Rican families guarantees abundant exposure to Costa Rican society and culture. Host families provide breakfast, dinner, laundry service, and a real sense of family belonging.

Includes: ASU tuition, housing with host families, breakfast & dinner, airport transit in San José, international medical insurance, and two weekend field trips to both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, and additional program local field trips. Not included: Roundtrip airfare to Costa Rica, lunches, books, passport & application fees, airport exit fee ($28), personal and other incidental expenses.


APPLY by March 25, 2013

The $100 application fee and $350 confirmation deposit will be applied to the final program fee balance.

Applications accepted first-come, first-served until full. Apply NOW!

SCHOLARSHIPS are available through the ASU Study Abroad Office.

Contact Program Director: Kristin Koptiuch

Associate Professor of Anthropology
School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Arizona State University

FLYER 1 .pdf flyer Description of the Costa Rica Program

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