2020 Spring Quarter Program – Language, Culture, and Community Engagement in Costa Rica

Spring Quarter 2019 – San José, Costa Rica $12,295 Arrive March 28, 2019 – Depart June 8, 2019 CRSQ
Spring Quarter 2020 – San José, Costa Rica $12,295 Arrive Late March 2020 – Depart Mid. June 2020 (TBA) CRSQ


Language Eligibility: For all levels of Spanish.

-Beginner level is for students who have not taken Spanish before.
-Intermediate level must have completed at least 2 semesters or 3 quarters of college level Spanish.
-Advanced level must have completed at least 4 semesters or 6 quarters of college level Spanish.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 13 semester credits per quarter.

Final transcript is issued by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.


San José, Costa Rica – Course Offerings at ICDS (International Center for Development Studies)

Spring Quarter Program: Language, Culture, and Community Engagement

All students will take a set curriculum consisting of the 4 mandatory courses listed below. Students must get all 4 courses pre-approved for credit by their home institution. Course offerings are subject to change.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (Service Learning Course) (45 contact hours / 3 semester credits)

Community Engagement and Sustainable Human Development is a course based on service learning as a pedagogic methodology that prepares college graduates to be active and informed global citizens. This is a credit bearing educational experience that provides students with the opportunity to participate in community work complemented with reflection spaces that open the possibility of making the proper connections with personal values and course contents: local development, social justice, intercultural understanding, sustainability, civic responsibility, and global citizenship. The community work takes place in the context of local human development processes, mainly in urban Costa Rica.

SPANISH LANGUAGE (60 contact hours / 4 semester credits)

During the first week of classes, students will complete a Spanish placement exam, according to which they will be placed in the appropriate level Spanish class. Class levels range from introductory to advanced Spanish. All course levels meet for 60 contact hours during the term. Links to Spanish Language syllabi:

Beginner I Spanish Language:
Beginner II Spanish Language
Intermediate I Spanish Language
Intermediate II Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language (Grammar & Composition)
Advanced Spanish Language (Advanced Conversation)

CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICA (45 contact hours / 3 semester credits)

The concept of development is influenced by the culture where it is generated and influences the other cultures where it is appropriated. The aim of this class is to understand Central America, its history, its culture, and how different concepts of development have been adopted and adapted to it.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT (45 contact hours / 3 semester credits)

The course looks at the main trends in sustainable tourism, from the early days of the industry to the present. It emphasizes positive experiences in nature-oriented and other sustainable types of tourism, and highlights what makes them successful. We will also look at ecological, social and economic elements, determine positive and negative impacts, and learn and comment about local and international efforts to reach sustainability.