- North/Central America /
- Costa Rica /
- San Jose /
- USAC Costa Rica: Heredia - Spanish Language, Ecological, and Latin American Studies
USAC Costa Rica: Heredia - Spanish Language, Ecological, and Latin American Studies
- Hosted at: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica / National University of Costa Rica
- Location(s): San Jose, Costa Rica: Heredia, Costa Rica
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Intensive Language
The Heredia program is ideal for students who are committed to learning the Spanish language and the diverse cultures of Latin America. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language... read more
I learned a lot about myself and I learned to appreciate the opportunities and experiences that I have been given. A student - University of Nevada, Reno View Entire Review
I learned that I can be independent, and I mean truly independent. I go to college an hour away from home and with the same friends from high school, so this experience gave me the opportunity to branch out in a way I had never had to. I learned that it is important to try to things and open your mind to different perspectives.... Kyra B - University of Nevada - Reno View Entire Review
I learned how to maintain your values while everyone around you is living a different way. (smoking weed on the beach and getting drunk) I learned how to listen to criticism and insults without letting them affect how I view myself (my host mother called me fat, stopped giving me fruit juice, and threatened to buy a scale if... Erin C - Berea College View Entire Review
I learned Spanish. I learned to dance Salsa. I became a better photographer and took some of the most stunning photos ever. I saw some amazing animals, hiked through the rainforests, and rafted though the rivers. Overall, the pros far outweighed the cons, but if I were to have done it again, I would have gone somewhere else. Caleb D - California State University - Chico View Entire Review
I learned Spanish and all about how cultures change in different places. George A - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
Costa Rica is an amazing country, as I'm sure most people know or can infer. But one major thing that I love about Costa Rica is that almost every Tico really is as nice as they seem. Strangers on the street are happy to help if they can, people will strike up a conversation for no reason other than that they think you look ni... Johanna H - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
Studying abroad was hands down the greatest thing i have done with my life up to this point. there is no reason that if you are thinking about doing it, you shouldn't. there are grants, help, scholarships, or loans that can be taken out, they are absolutely worth if for what you will recieve from the experience. It is something... Michael K - Boise State University View Entire Review
I gained significant language skills, but more importantly I gained self confidence which will help me in every aspect of my life in the future. Leona K - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and who I really was. No doubt it was the most worthwhile experience I have ever been a part of. Aaron H - University of Idaho View Entire Review
better understanding of the culture and stronger language skills shannon t - SUNY - College at Old Westbury View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was life changing. I gained a greater appreciation for my life from this experience. I gained life long friendships and memories. I could not have asked for a better experience in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is an incredible country, with kind people and beautiful landscape. I am taking so much away from th... Cassidy F - Kansas State University View Entire Review
Yes, studying abroad changed me in so many ways. I learned Spanish, I made lifelong friends, and i learned how to not take things for granted. I feel that it should be a requirement for every student to study abroad. mason s - Boise State University View Entire Review
to answer this question, i would have to write pages. not only was my study abroad time worthwhile, but it entirely changed my life. i have a new perspective that still resonates just as strongly a year later and about 40 people that will stick with me for a lifetime. one of the most important things i learned here was to slow d... Hillary S - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
100% worthwhile! I loved every minute of my time there. I plan to be back there in less than a year (after graduation)! Kelli D - Grand Valley State University View Entire Review
The Heredia program is ideal for students who are committed to learning the Spanish language and the diverse cultures of Latin America. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of Costa Rican society. Heredia, located just outside San Jose, offers the excitement of living near the capital city. Costa Rica as a whole is well known for its extraordinary natural beauty- preserved in its many national parks and reserves- which you will have the opportunity to discover firsthand. The Heredia program offers three diverse academic areas: Spanish Language, Ecological Studies, and Latin American Studies. Semester students can complete up to two years of university foreign language coursework in only one semester. In addition to semester and yearlong options, students can study for one or two summer session terms.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Environmental Studies
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Latin American Studies
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USAC awards over $500,000 in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. We have a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs. We also encourage students to research online for additional sources of financial aid and external scholarships for study abroad students. Additional scholarship information and application instructions will be provided on your Student Gateway account once you apply to a USAC program.
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