COSTA RICA NAU
San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and is barely 200 miles long. In size Costa Rica is a fairly small country, with a grand total of 19,530 square miles which hosts around three million inhabitants, most of whom live in the Central Valley. For its size, the country has an amazing amount of diversity. From mountainous ranges, to tropical, dry, and butt forests. Costa Rica is a naturist's wonderland. There are over 10,000 identified species of plants, 850 species of birds, 800 species of butterflies, and 500 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians
When travelling through the provinces of Costa Rica, visitors notice the incredible variation in landscape and climate. The country offers almost limitless variety in terrain, including extensive rainforests, volcanoes, rivers, mountains, world-class beaches and natural resources safeguarded by a well-organized system of national parks and forest reserves.
Costa Rica is one of most highly sought-after travel destinations on the planet. Visitors to Costa Rica will quickly understand why.This is a 15 week fall and spring semester program held in Costa Rica, designed for NAU students from the 102 Spanish level and higher. Courses are available at the first; second, third and fourth year levels with students meeting Monday through Friday for at least 4 hours of Spanish instruction daily. The group will experience and visit several places of cultural, recreational and historical interest within Costa Rica.
Students can earn from 12 to 17 NAU credit hours in a small classes in a personal, student-centered learning environment. Program participants will quickly improve their Spanish while becoming familiar with Costa Rican culture through living with a local host family. Program activities and excursions will allow students to explore and discover Costa Rica.
The requirements for this program are:
SPA 101or above by the time the program starts
Participants typically will choose among the following list of courses to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and a maximum of 17. Class availability varies slightly by semester.
SPA 323 (Elective) Oral Communication
SPA 408 Internship
SPA 423 Advanced Conversation
Spring 2014 Program Dates: Application Deadline October 15, 2013
January 18 and 19 2014 ARRIVAL DATES
January 20, 2014 PROGRAM BEGINS
April 13 - 20 SPRING BREAK (ONE WEEK OFF)
May 3, 2013 END OF SPRING 13 SEMESTER
Summer 2014 Program Dates: Application Deadline March 15, 2014
May 17, 2013 Summer Program Arrival
June 27, 2013 Summer Program Ends
Fall 2014 Program Dates: Application Deadline April 1, 2014
August 23 and 24 - Arrival Dates
August 25 - First day of classes
December 5 - Last day of classes
December 6 - Departure date
Participants will live with local families selected by the host institution. A home-stay is a wonderful way to discover Costa Rican culture, to improve Spanish proficiency, and to eat wonderful homemade Costa Rican food.
We have a number of scholarships listed on our scholarship page
that students can apply for to be used to cover the costs of a study abroad experience in Costa Rica. In particular however, there is a scholarship just for students who attend the Costa Rica program. It is called the Lamm Scholarship, and more details can be found here
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"I've heard before that Costa Rica is one of the happiest places on earth. And although I have been very few places in my life time, I can't say I'd disagree. People here are (for the most part) friendly, outgoing, and happy to talk with you."
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