2018 Spring Quarter Program – Spanish Language, Culture, and Community Engagement in Costa Rica

 Spring Quarter 2018  click here for price  click here for dates


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.

Total contact hours: 150-195 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit. 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 10-13 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 – Spring Quarter Course Offerings

Students will take the 2 mandatory core courses listed below and one or both of the elective courses.  Students must get both elective courses pre-approved for credit, as only one may run, according to student demand.  Course offerings are subject to change.


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 – Mandatory)

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)


Film not only entertains, it contributes to the creation and circulation of culture as well as national and regional images and identities, and it portrays and analyzes social problems. Its images and sounds provide an immediacy that written media cannot, making it one of the most accessible forms of cultural diffusion. Thus, film literacy is an important skill in our visual and information-saturated world. This interdisciplinary course seeks to review and analyze the complexity and richness of Latin American culture and history using films as a vehicle to facilitate students ́ understanding. The films selected will provide social, historical and ideological frameworks to study the changes which have taken place in contemporary Latin America


SPORTS AND DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICA (45 contact hours – elective)

Sports are a worldwide phenomenon.  However, they are perceived and fulfill different roles in society depending on each nation. From an element recommended to improve the quality of life of its citizens to a tool to embrace and disseminate national identity, this course provides students with a closer look into the multiple areas where sports play a strategic role in Latin-American countries. As it is known, Latin America is still a region of the world working on its development. This ongoing development process causes many financial constraints that affect and delay many areas of a country, including sports disciplines. But regardless of many of the obstacles faced, sports can be a source of identity and national joy that filters through society increasing unity, cohesion, and a national sense of worth.