Study Abroad

Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica | Summer 2022

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Costa Rica, land of many natural wonders: Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, luscious rainforests, abundant animal and plant life, and volatile volcanoes. Immerse yourself in language and culture while surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty and the warm, welcoming people of Costa Rica. The Costa Ricans (Ticos y Ticas) are dedicated to promoting harmony between nature, community development, and economic growth. They have made a major commitment to protect the nation’s natural resources and beauty while preserving its long tradition of political democracy and stability. Costa Rica offers you a safe and accessible place to study and to explore the peaceful beauty of its natural treasures. It offers reliable public transportation, the highest literacy rate in Central America, and an excellent healthcare system. Whether studying Spanish or researching rainforest ecosystems, the congeniality of the people along with the steaming volcanoes, pristine beaches, virgin forests, plus the unique birds, mammals, and ocean life all combine to make Costa Rica an idyllic place to live and study.

View ICLC's Youtube video introducing the area and environment of Alejuela.

For FAQ's, click here.

 

LOCATION

You will live and study in beautiful Alajuela, located just 30 minutes from the capital, San Jose. Alajuela is a small town surrounded by coffee and sugar plantations. Courses are held at the Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense (ICLC), Costa Rica’s premier language institute. ICLC language school is set on a hillside surrounded with tropical flowers and fruits in the outskirts of Alajuela.

Costa Rica is a land of many natural wonders: Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, luscious rainforests, abundant animal and plant life, and volatile volcanoes. Immerse yourself in language and culture while surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty and the warm, welcoming people of Costa Rica. The Costa Ricans (Ticos y Ticas) are dedicated to promoting harmony between nature, community development, and economic growth. They have made a major commitment to protect the nation’s natural resources and beauty while preserving its long tradition of political democracy and stability. Costa Rica offers you a safe and accessible place to study and to explore the peaceful beauty of its natural treasures. It offers reliable public transportation, the highest literacy rate in Central America, and an excellent healthcare system. Whether studying Spanish or researching rainforest ecosystems, the congeniality of the people along with the steaming volcanoes, pristine beaches, virgin forests, plus the unique birds, mammals, and ocean life all combine to make Costa Rica an idyllic place to live and study.

To learn more about Alajuela, Costa Rica, visit http://www.iclc.ws/where-is-iclc.html

DETAILED BROCHURE

Program Dates:  Aug 20-Sept 17, 2022

WCCCSA Application and $250 Deposit Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2022

Tuition Due: Check academic calendar

Program Fee Due: $2,961, due Wednesday, July 20, 2022

 

Eligibility: 2.5 GPA, Students 17 or older, students under 18 must obtain parent/guardian permission

Course Prerequisites: No prerequisite for Spanish 121. Must have credit for Spanish 121 if seeking credit for Spanish 122 from program course. 

 

APPLICATION LINK HERE

Our office will review this application and let you know how to proceed.

Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in, an Edmonds College study abroad program.

You will take 5 credits of Spanish immersion at Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense. Classes are taught by qualified ICLC instructors. Spanish classes meet for 4 hours per day, 5 days a week and generally have no more than 6 students per class, allowing plenty of time to improve speaking and listening skills. There will be special cultural activities offered by ICLC and WCCCSA, in addition to mini-courses and optional day-trips and excursions that will be offered during weekday afternoons and on weekends. In 4 weeks, you will earn 5 credits of Spanish.

 

SPANISH 121/122 (5 credits)

No Spanish pre-requisite is required, although it helps to have basic Spanish to communicate with your host family. Everyone will be tested into a Spanish level on site, which will either transfer back as SPAN 121 or 121 depending if the student is beginning/intermediate or intermediate/advanced. 

 

No instructors from a WA state college will lead the group, but a WCCCSA coordinator will conduct a site visit during the program. 

Orientation Tour: Enjoy a familiarization tour of Alajuela and a walking tour to Grecia. The tour will include traveling from ICLC through the homestay neighborhoods and onto Alajuela where you can locate services and amenities like parks, malls, and stores and will include a visit to the Juan Santamaria Museum (tour and lunch included).

Excursion: three-day, two-night trip to Manual Antonio National Park (transportation, lodging, and breakfast included).

Day-Trip: Tour of Doka coffee plantation, visit to Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls (transportation, entrance fees, and lunch included).

Optional Mini-Courses: Topics vary but may include a dance class, a cooking class, traditional games, the Costa Rican healthcare system, the Costa Rican educational system, etc. (these are included in the program fee).

Optional Cultural Activities: Activities vary but may include a visit to the local Farmers Market, Tropical Bird Zoo, Pre-Columbian Gold Museum in San Jose, a hospital, a private school, a daycare center, etc. (entrance fees and transportation (usually a small bus fee) are not included in the program fee to allow for program flexibility).

Optional Excursions: Tortuga Island Pacific Cruise day-trip, overnight visit to Arenal Volcano and Baldí Hot Springs including a canopy tour (12 zip lines, Tarzan swing, and superman cable), and Pacuare River class IV rafting day-trip (these optional excursions are not included in the program fee). Please note that optional activities are not covered by program insurance. 

Independent Travel: Use your free weekends to explore Costa Rica’s many attractions. There will be a travel coordinator at ICLC to assist you with travel plans. Student favorites include Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Jaco Beach and the Caribbean coast, visits to rainforests and butterfly farms, day-trips to San Jose to visit the MADC art museum, the National Museum, the La Salle Museum of Natural Sciences, and a train ride to Puntarenas, among other destinations.

 

HOUSING

ICLC has been very careful to place participants in each family for more than 28 years, the selection of the host family is a serious, formal and careful process.

You will live in homestays with a local Costa Rican family. You will have a private, furnished room and 2 meals per day, breakfast and dinner. Homestays are located within a 30-minute bus ride from ICLC. Laundry service is included, You are encouraged to interact with homestay families as much as possible to facilitate learning the Spanish language and culture, and to get to know the host family. You are expected to respect the norms and customs of your host family.

Learn more about host families here.

Learn more about Alajuela our partner provider here.

How to get to ICLC from the host family:

Every day at 7:35 a.m. at a meeting point in the town, there is a local bus that picks up the students and takes them to the main door of the ICLC.
After classes, students take a taxi (3-4 participants per cab to split the fee). Transportation to and from ICLC is not included in the program cost.
Cost per cab from US$2.5 to US$ 3 split it for four passengers = US$ 0,7 (per person)

Extension or extra nights with the host family:

If a participant desires to stay longer with the host family, she/he needs to inform us about the extension and pay ICLC front desk the fee:

  • An extra night with the host family US$ 35
  • An additional week with the host family: US$ 245

Program Fee: $2,961

This Includes:

  • Airport pick-up by host family (if arriving before 10pm)
  • Private room in homestay (one student per family)
  • Breakfast and dinner seven days per week
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • On-site arrival orientation
  • Welcome reception with lunch
  • Tour of Alajuela & museum visit
  • Doka coffee plantation tour
  • Visit to Poás Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls (transportation, entrance fees, and lunch included)
  • Three-day, two-night excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park (transportation, lodging, and breakfast included)
  • Afternoon cultural presentations and activities
  • Departure ceremony and lunch
  • Medical and travel insurance

Does Not Include:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • College tuition and fees (paid to your home campus)
  • Passport fees (and visa fees, if applicable)
  • Lunches (approximately $7 per day)
  • Public transportation expenses (average $4 per day, shared taxi recommended)
  • Taxi to airport after the program (approximately $20)
  • Costa Rican departure tax (approximately $29)
  • Spending money
  • Expenses to communicate with family and friends outside of Costa Rica (phone, public phone, fax, or internet).

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Please consider visiting our "Funding Your Experience" page to know of more ways to fund your study abroad program costs. 

WCCCSA Scholarship

WCCCSA stands for the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. Edmonds College (EC) is one of 17 member colleges who jointly sponsor and offer all of the study abroad programs you see on our website. For quarter-long programs, WCCCSA awards two $500 summer scholarships to selected program participants. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator. Click here for rules and elegibility. 

Pre-Departure Orientations are Mandatory.

Date: July TBD
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Seattle area (specific campus TBD)

What to bring:

Signed copy of the Student Guidelines
Copy of your passport
Flight itineraries
Notepad to take notes
And questions