BestSemester: San Jose - Latin American Studies Program

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Arriving in Costa Rica, you sense there's a bigger picture than just the scenery. You are about to be immersed into the diversity of Latin America’s history. You’ll step into a contemporary society rooted in tradition with people who are sincere a... read more

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Yes! It was life-changing and was an experience that changed how I view the world and God's people. My eyes and heart were opened and exposed to new ideas and I am thankful for my new awareness. From LASP, I gained a desire to be a more active steward of the earth and I learned that I want to strive to live in a way that allows ... - Covenant College View Entire Review
I gained a knowledge about the world outside of the U.S., but know I still have a lot to learn. I gained an appreciation for differences in culture and people and learned to love that difference. I am less black-and-white now and feel like I have more room to give grace. It was the most worthwhile thing I've done. - Covenant College View Entire Review
Worthwhile. It is indescribable until you experience it. - Northwestern College View Entire Review
I gained a more global perspective and a greater understanding of my Christian faith. It was SO worth it. - Greenville College View Entire Review
Yes, it was worthwhile. That is an understatement. I gained a new understanding of myself and the world I live in. - Lipscomb University View Entire Review

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Arriving in Costa Rica, you sense there's a bigger picture than just the scenery. You are about to be immersed into the diversity of Latin America’s history. You’ll step into a contemporary society rooted in tradition with people who are sincere and accepting. Live in San José. Journey to Nicaragua for a week and a half. Walk the vibrant roads of Limón and Puerto Viejo.

Travel not as a tourist, but as an ambassador to this complex culture. Your LASP courses allow you to think critically about your Latin American experience by connecting your surroundings with your classroom discussions. It’s the place where you sip coffee and develop relationships through a common language. It’s the local restaurant owner who welcomes you and teaches you about real international business. And it’s your homestays expanding your view of our cultural differences as well as similarities.

During LASP, you’ll encounter new voices of praise, different approaches to international affairs and steadfast social virtue. As you live with different host families, allow day-to-day realities of Latin American life to permeate your perspectives. Interact in Spanish with politicians, forward-thinking business owners, rural farmers and church leaders. Then develop your own voice, one that will serve you in your vocation, ongoing education and spiritual growth.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • International Business
  • Social Sciences
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Latin American Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1986
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