Spanish in Costa Rica
Study location: San Isidro, Costa Rica
- Duration: One semester
- Semester: Spring/autumn
- Credits: 30 ECTS equivalent
- Examination: Examination in Costa Rica
- Programme fee: 6700 euro (5700 excl. accommodation)
- State loans: Yes, in most European countries
- Includes: Accommodation
- Language of instruction: English/Spanish
- Academic prerequisitions: University eligibility
When you learn Spanish in a Spanish speaking country the course literature and the use of the new language is a part of everyday life. With a little initiative and determination, you learn to speak the language fluently.
Seminar teaching is done in small groups and led by faculty from the university in Costa Rica. This is organized so that the students can practice the language both orally and in writing. As part of the course you will also visit local organizations.
Grammar classes are given both in groups and lectures.
The most important part of the study is probably the time you spend to get into Costa Rican society and the everyday conversations with the people around you.
We help you to choose the level of Spanish
We offer Spanish courses on three different levels in Costa Rica:
Beginner - Spanish 0
Intermediate - Spanish 1
Advanced - Spanish 2
The other courses
The Spanish courses accounts for about 50 % of the semester. The other 50 % are courses in Latin American history and culture. These courses are taught in English for Spanish 0 and 1 students. And in Spanish for Spanish 2 students. A full semester makes up the equivalen of 30 ECTS credits.
History of Latin America I: This course underscores the radical changes endured the 300 years of colonial expansion until the Independence movements of the American colonies; furthermore, it will recognize and evaluate the colonial heritage in Latin American culture and society.
Contemporary History of Costa Rica: This course explores the historical development of Costa Rica since 1960s to the present, and contextualizes it into the relationship with the neighboring Central American countries. It is relevant here the ideological and political changes that define and mark the current sociopolitical situation of the country.
Contemporary History of Central America (Spanish 2 students only): The course focuses on the historical development of the central American countries, including Panama and the Caribbean. Special attention is given to subjects of economy, demography and sociopolitical processes since the 1930s.
Full academic year?
Would you like to take a full academic year with Spanish, you can continue on the next level in Costa Rica, or you can use the time between the semesters to practice Spanish while back packing your way through Latin America to Argentina where you continue the Spanish studies.
The structure of the semester
- Self-study period (4 weeks): Before you travel to Costa Rica, you are expected to get acquainted with the subject and to write a short assignment.
- The main period (16 weeks): Consist of four months of lectures, field trips, seminars, written assignments, oral and written exams in Costa Rica.
Students are recruited mainly from Northern Europe. We also have Costa Rican students in the Latin American Literature course.
Students come from different backgrounds, both academically, professionally and personally, to the benefit of interesting discussions. About one third of the students come directly from upper secondary school, one third are in their early bachelor degree, and the last third are seasoned students.
Spanish is the largest mother tongue language in the world, the second largest second language and the third most used language on the internet. You will not regret that you learned a language spoken by 500 million people.
The application process
To apply for the courses, you must be eligible for university training.
Fill in the application form. If there are still places available, we will send you an offer with an invoice for the deposit of 250 Euro. By paying the deposit you confirm your place on the programme. Leading up to the start of the programme we will keep you informed about the preparations for travel and studies.
To apply for the courses you must be eligible for university training.
Fill in the application form. If there are still places available we will send you an offer with an invoice for the deposit of 250 Euro. By paying the deposit you confirm your place on the programme. Leading up to the start of the programme we will keep you informed about the preparations for travel and studies.