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Costa Rica 2018

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Application Steps for the Program

Step 1 General Study Abroad Online Application
Step 2 Program Application

Complete Steps 1 & 2 and submit all supplemental documents to the Study Abroad Office by the application deadline.

Program description

This four-week program will forever change the way you look at the world! Through this program, you will experience life in Costa Rica in a typical town living with a host family. In Costa Rica, you will study Spanish at a language school that specializes in teaching Spanish to speakers of English. A-State’s Costa Rica program is led and accompanied by Mr. Claudio Eduardo, Instructor of Spanish. When you need help, he will be there to assist you.

We will stay in three different locations, allowing you to experience Costa Rica from various perspectives. We will spend two weeks in the town of San Joaquín de Flores, which is located in the Central Valley, just 20 minutes from the capital city, San José. You can travel by bus to San José and to the smaller city of Heredia for shopping, museums, restaurants, and a number of other cultural activities. During the third week, we will stay in the mountainous, cloud forest area of Monteverde. Finally, the last week, we will live in the town of Flamingo, on the Pacific coast. When not in class, you can explore the cloud forest, go zip lining and look for wildlife in Monteverde; In Flamingo, you can parasail, go snorkeling, or simply relax at the beach.

You will live with a host family, in all three locations. Host families are carefully screened and only speak Spanish. This is a unique opportunity and an unforgettable way to learn first-hand about Costa Ricans and their way of life.  

You will study Spanish at three campuses of the Centro Panamericano de Idiomas (CPI). Classes meet for four hours a day on weekdays, with a break to enjoy typical Costa Rican snacks. Class size is limited to no more than four students and class activities provide total immersion. While instruction focuses on the mastery of spoken Spanish, it also emphasizes the development of strong reading and writing skills. All materials used in the courses will be supplied as part of the program. The Costa Rica program carries six credit hours; in accordance with your current enrollment, you can take courses at the beginner, intermediate, or upper level.

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Program Dates: June 3, 2018- July 1, 2018.

Application deadline

January 31, 2018


Estimated Cost: $3600*

(*Students can apply for the  A-State Study Abroad Travel Voucher worth $500 to reduce the estimated total to $3100)

Payment Schedule

January 31st, 2018  Non-Refundable Deposit $300
February 28th, 2018  $1000
March 15th, 2018  Remaining Balance

20 Hours per week Intensive Spanish Language Instruction at CPI & Course Texts
Lodging with host families (single occupancy)
Two meals daily and a snack on school days
A-State Faculty Member accompanying the group
Escorted excursions to San Jose, Heredia, and El Trapiche, a sugar cane and coffee plantation. (Excursions include meals)
Half-day service projects through through Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation and Monteverde Life (Lunches Included)
Full weekend trip to Manuel Antonio National Park (meals included)
Full Weekend trip to Arenal Volcano and hot springs (meals included)
Transportation to and from San Jose airport, between CPI campuses and for all scheduled activities.
Additional activities, such as soccer, cooking classes, and dancing classes

Does Not Include
Round Trip Airfare
A-State Tuition & Fees for 6 Credit Hours
Required Health Insurance (approximately $55)
Passport Fees
Daily Lunch
Spending Money
Optional Tours through CPI


Claudio Eduardo Pinto Jeanne d’Arc Gomis
Department of World Languages and Cultures Director, Study Abroad Office
Tel: (870) 972-3729/3502 Tel: (870) 972-3734
Email: ceduardo@astate.edu Email: jgomis@astate.edu