2019 Summer I Program – Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica


Summer I 2019 – San José, Costa Rica $5,995 Arrive May 19, 2019 – Depart June 29, 2019 CRSU1

Language Eligibility: Elementary level and higher. Students must have basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPA, click here.

Possible U.S. Credits: 6 semester credits.

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

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

Summer I Program: Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica

ICDS offers a six-week service-learning program with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students to improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.

Urban Experience:
Participants begin by spending the first 3 weeks of the program in San José, where they will have orientation and Spanish classes, as well as community service in urban locations. During this time, students live with a local Spanish-speaking family, thus having an opportunity to immerse themselves into the language and the culture before traveling to their Sustainable Practice site in rural Costa Rica.

Rural Experience:
The Sustainability Practices course takes place during the last 3 weeks of the program at Finca La Flor, an agro-ecological farm. Finca La Flor is located in Cartago, about 25 miles east of San José. The Sustainability Practices course includes recycling, forestry, medicinal plant gardening, permaculture, organic agriculture, forestry, clean energy and water management. Participants immerse themselves in the culture of rural Costa Rica by living and working on-site at the farm. Students will also work alongside community members as part of La Flor’s involvement in the community’s development. Accommodation at the farm will be in cabins (2-4 students per cabin) with three meals a day provided.

After completing the work on the farm, students travel to the central Pacific coast for a visit to a national park and a two–day relaxing stay on the beach to celebrate all their hard work.

COURSES – Students will take Spanish and Sustainability Practices in Costa Rica as well as one Spanish course from the list below.

Students are placed into the appropriate Spanish level after completing a placement test after arrival in Costa Rica. Students will complete 60 contact hours in their Spanish Language course, which typically transfers as 3 U.S. semester credits. Students must have classes and credits pre-approved by their home institution. Available Spanish levels include: