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Costa Rica NAU
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Courses Offered: Click here to view
Costs Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 04/01/2015
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Rolling Admission 08/25/2015 12/05/2015
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later!
Academic Year 2015-2016 04/01/2015
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Rolling Admission 08/25/2015 05/03/2016
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later!
Spring 2016 10/15/2015 ** Rolling Admission 01/19/2016 05/03/2016
NOTE: These dates are estimates. You will be provided with specific program dates as you move through the application process. Do NOT use these dates to purchase airline tickets or to make plans that you cannot change later!
Summer 2016 03/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 04/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 04/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Melissa Hettmann
Language Prerequisite:
1 Semester
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Fields of Study:
Modern Languages (Spanish)
Program Description:


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San Jose, Costa Rica Link



Experience more with the NAU International Immersion Program (IIP) in Costa Rica. This unique program is set in one of the most beautiful, welcoming, and diverse countries in Latin America. Soak up the sights and sounds of bustling San José and experience the lush beauty of Costa Rica’s cloud forests and beaches. Costa Rican Spanish is said to be among the easiest to understand, and makes an ideal location for second language learners. From the culture to the volcanoes, the people to the language, with IIP in Costa Rica, you live it all. Pura vida!

About The Program
Academics
Academic Calendar
Housing
Costs
Requirements
How to Apply
Talk to an Advisor
Student Experiences


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

About Costa Rica and San Jóse
Costa Rica extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, and is barely 200 miles long. Costa Rica is a relatively small country of 19,729 sq miles and 4.8 million inhabitants; however, it boasts an incredibly diverse wildlife and landscape. Tropical coastal plains rise to steep mountains and volcanoes, and the country features extensive rainforests, volcanoes, rivers, mountains, and world-class beaches. More than a quarter of Costa Rica has protected land status, safeguarding the beautiful countryside through a well-organized system of national parks and forest reserves. 
San JoseCR Monkey

Due to Costa Rica’s exceptionally varied geography, the range of flora and fauna is some of the most diverse in the world. In fact, measured in terms of species per square kilometer, Costa Rica is first in the world at 615 species. 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.

The people of Costa Rica are nicknamed “Ticos,” and are known for being warm and hospitable. Ticos live by the national motto of Costa Rica of Pura Vida.  Pura vida translates as pure life but its meaning is closer to full of live, this is living, or real living.  Typical Tico cuisine is centered around the staples of rice and beans but is enhanced by dishes such as friend plantains, chicken dishes, and fresh seafood.  Costa Rica produces some of the best coffee in the world.

San José has been the capital of Costa Rica since 1823.   The city is located high in the Central Valley at 3,770 ft.  The metropolitan city comprises a million people and is oriented East to West surrounded by suburbs.  San José is home to several theater groups, museums, parks, a national symphony, cinemas, and universities.
Climate
San José is in a tropical zone, however its elevation gives it a mild climate.  San José is a tropical wet/dry climate.  Temperatures range from 63-86 Fahrenheit. Humidity averages 68%.  The rainy season is from May to November and it rains an average of 170 days per year.



Your Host University: Universidad FidélitasFidelitas Exterior
 
Universidad Fidélitas is a medium sized private university with a student population of 4,500.  Its main Campus is located in San Pedro, an area of San José recognized for its many universities serving a community of approximately 25,000 national and international students. Well known and respected throughout Costa Rica, Fidélitas excels in engineering but also has programs in business, law, marketing, accounting, and education. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees.
By basing IIP at a local Costa Rican university, students have the opportunity to interact with and get to know local students their age who are also in college. This adds another layer of connectivity and immersion with the local culture.
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Your resident director: Javier Trejo-Sainz
Meet Javier Trejo-Sainz, the resident director for your time in Costa Rica. Javier is a Northern Arizona University Spanish instructor. He lives in San José full-time while teaching for the program, leading excursions, coordinating housing and courses, and serving as students’ point of contact during their time studying Spanish.  Javier has over 30 years of experience teaching Spanish and managing study abroad programs.
Javier made all the difference in my study abroad experience! He is always available to help with any issues that may arise, and having an inside view to the culture and experiences of the country really helped us go from ‘tourist’ to ‘participant’ while abroad.” - Costa Rica student

Want to know what a typical day is in the life of a Costa Rica student? Visit this blog by Daniella, a summer student.

ACADEMICS


Spanish Courses are offered from 102 to 400.  The language classes consist of no more than 6 students per class, and usually have more like 2-4 students/class.  Classes are between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Semester courses available:Fidelitas Clase de Frutas
  • SPA 102 First Year Spanish (4 credits)   
  • SPA 201 Second Year Spanish (4 credits)   
  • SPA 202 Second Year Spanish (4 credits) 
  • SPA 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar (3 credits)       
  • SPA 303 Intermediate Oral Communication (3 credits)   
  • SPA 304W Spanish Stylistics: Intermediate Composition (3 credits)  
  • SPA 310 Commercial Spanish (3 credits) 
  • SPA 321 Introduction to Literature in Spanish (3 credits) 
  • SPA 323 Spanish Oral Communication (3 credits)   
  • SPA 323 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3 credits)   
  • SPA 340 Spanish Linguistics (3 credits) 
  • SPA 352 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
  • SPA 354 Survey Of Latin American Film (3 credits)  
  • SPA 404 Advanced Composition and Oral Expression (3 credits)   
  • SPA 406 Spanish-American Culture And Civilization (3 credits)  
  • SPA 423 Advanced Study Abroad (3 credits)
Summer courses available:
  • SPA 102 First Year Spanish (4 credits)  
  • SPA 201 Second Year Spanish (4 credits)  
  • SPA 202 Second Year Spanish (4 credits)
  • SPA 301 Advanced Spanish Grammar (3 credits)      
  • SPA 303 Intermediate Oral Communication (3 credits)  
  • SPA 321 Introduction to Literature in Spanish (3 credits)
  • SPA 323 Spanish Oral Communication (3 credits)  
  • SPA 323 Latin American Culture and Civilization (3 credits)  
  • SPA 352 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
  • SPA 354 Survey Of Latin American Film (3 credits) 
  • SPA 406 Spanish-American Culture And Civilization (3 credits)
You will work with your study abroad adviser and an academic adviser in the Global Languages Spanish Department for course selection and approval. Course work taken at the Costa Rica program comes back to NAU just like if you took it here. Course selection and credit transfer is really easy with the Costa Rica program!

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

The Fall and Spring semesters are closely aligned with the NAU dates, and are 15 weeks with one week off in the middle of the program. The Summer program generally begins a week after NAU's spring term ends, and it is 6 weeks in length. See below for dates:

Fall 2015  Program Dates: Application Deadline April 1,  2014Costa Rica
August 29 and 30 - Arrival Dates
August 31 - First day of classes
December 11 - Last day of classes
December 12- Departure date

Spring 2015  Program Dates: Application Deadline October 15,  2014
January 17 and 18 - Arrival Dates
Monday, January 19 - First day of classes
Friday, May 1 - Last day of classes
May 2 - Departure date


Summer 2015  Program Dates: Application Deadline March 15,  2015
May 16 and 17 - Arrival Dates
Monday, May  18 - First day of classes
Friday, June 26 - Last day of classes
June 27 - Departure date

 


HOUSING

As part of the immersion component of the program in Costa Rica, all students live with host families. This allows students to practice their Spanish with local speakers 24 hours a day, while also giving students an inside view to Costa Rican culture. The opportunity to enjoy home-cooked Costa Rican cuisine also can’t be overlooked! All host families have requested to participate in this opportunity and look forward to opening their homes to their American visitors while providing an environment in which students not only feel at home, but also have the flexibility needed to discover Costa Rica.
 
“When I signed up to study abroad, I never thought I would be blessed with a host family that has become my second family. I never imagined saying goodbye would be so hard in the end. I am so thankful for this experience and the friends I have made here but I am most thankful for this family. ‘Never goodbye, only see you later.’" - Costa Rica student

Students are placed with families located within walking distance of Universidad Fidélitas. Each family is evaluated and monitored. The housing application is located online as part of the study abroad application.  Students can request to share a house with another student or not. If two students live with one family, each will have a room.

Students have the opportunity to make requests for their living situation, based on their individual needs, as outlined in our online housing questionnaire:
  • request for host family with or without kids
  • pet allergies/living with a family that has/does not have a specific type of pet
  • request to be the only English-speaking person in the assigned House
  • request to share the house with another participant in the program

Families provide students the following: Host meal
  • individual student room
  • bathroom, either individual or shared
  • two meals per day; breakfast, prior to the start of classes and main meal; in the afternoon,  between 5:00 and 7:00 pm
  • lunch, between 12:00 and 1:00 pm on days that the student does not participate in university activities
  • laundry; once per week (Special care to clothing is not provided)
  • the opportunity to constantly communicate in Spanish with the members of the family
  • Convivencia ” An entry way to living within the local culture
     
“I love my family. They are actually from Argentina but have lived in Costa Rica for twenty-three years. There isn’t a day I go home and I am not constantly laughing and joking around with the family. They are also more than willing to help me with my homework. The food is the best tasting and healthiest food of my life. My host sister is around my age so we can go out together. The host family is the door to a new world of experiences.” - Costa Rica student

Still wondering what it is really like? Check out this website created by a summer Costa Rica student all about her family and host stay!!

COSTS

To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
Remember that the program fee for Costa Rica includes:

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  • Tuition 
  • Housing
  • Meals with host family
  • International Health Insurance
  • Resident Director Services
  • Orientation
  • Airport pickup
 

REQUIREMENTS

2.5 GPA
Completion of SPA 101 by start of program

HOW TO APPLY

To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
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TALK TO AN ADVISOR

If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES


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Thomas Rice 
Costa Rica

"Being solo after traveling with a group ranging from the sizes of 4-17 people gave me a lot of freedom. Another great advantage of traveling alone is that you are not really alone, there are so many travelers, of all different fashions, to hang out with. To top it all off, I was in a place that National Geographic describes as 'the most biologically intense place on earth.'"

Read his blog!
 


Kaysie HogrefeKaysie Hogrefe
Costa Rica

"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."

Read Her Blog!





 

Justin Pine

Justin Pine 
Costa Rica

"Two of the islands were inhabited by indigenous tribes, and others were only home to the wildlife and visitors looking for refuge from the sun after snorkeling and white sand beaches to eat lunch on..."

Read his blog!
 


daniellaDaniella Laplante
Costa Rica

"I have now been in Costa Rica for two weeks. My Spanish professor is great and I have learned more Spanish in two weeks here than I would in a a month at home. Our Spanish class only has four people in it, so we have plenty of opportunities to practice."

Read Her Blog!





 


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