Arcos Learning Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica (International Polytechnic University)

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Academic OverviewA variety of Spanish elective classes offered year-round.Internships are available for credit as part of your academic programming.Campus conveniently located close to downtown Heredia.Four sets of summer session dates ranging fro... read more

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I learned so much about Costa Rican culture and I learned how Spanish is spoken in Costa Rica and how it compares to how Spanish is spoken in Mexico and in the U.S. for example. The experience was worthwhile as I formed many relationships that I think will last my entire life and I would do the experience again in a heartbeat. - Albion College View Entire Review
September 12, 2022 ¡Pura Vida!
It was definitely worthwhile! I learned so much about the language, culture, and my abilities. - Winona State University View Entire Review


Academic Overview

  • A variety of Spanish elective classes offered year-round.

  • Internships are available for credit as part of your academic programming.

  • Campus conveniently located close to downtown Heredia.

  • Four sets of summer session dates ranging from 2 to 4 weeks.

  • All Spanish levels taught year-round.

Accreditation: The International Polytechnic University (Universidad Politécnica Internacional), UPI, is a fully accredited university by the government of Costa Rica and is internationally recognized. It is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC).


  • Summer

  • Semester

  • Winter Break

  • Short Term

Facilities: The state-of-the-art campus offers open-air and outdoor common areas, a cafeteria serving typical Costa Rican meals, and an open-air café for snacks or coffee between classes. There is an on-site copy center for printing and photocopying documents, library, indoor group and silent study areas, computer lab, and campus-wide Wi-Fi access.

Teaching Style: You may find that teaching styles abroad are different from what you may be used to. With prior written notice, academic accommodations can be arranged for students with learning disabilities.

Transcript: Your transcript is issued by the International Polytechnic University and is processed through the Arcos Learning Abroad office. Your official transcript is mailed directly to your home university.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
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