Summer Study in San Jose, Costa Rica

COSTA RICA SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM – SUMMER SESSION OPTIONS

4 week program: May 28th – June 25th, 2016 (Application Deadline – April 1st, 2016)

5 week program: July 2nd – August 6th, 2016 (Application Deadline – May 5th, 2016)

8 week program: July 2nd – July 27th, 2016 (Application Deadline – May 5th, 2016)

Additional Program Information

Program Info

SUMMER 2016

Aim to become fluent in Spanish this summer. Study intensive language classes at a prestigious university while living with a local Tico family in San Jose, Costa Rica.

** BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED SPEAKERS WELCOME! **

Intensive Spanish Language Studies

4 week program: MAY 28 – JUNE 25

1 class / 4 total credit hours

Spend one month this summer learning or perfecting your Spanish in Costa Rica – it can and will happen in one month, with an intensive program such as this one. Coordinated with the progressive International Department of a private University, founded in 1991, in San Jose, Costa Rica, our Summer Language Programs provide a solid foundation for improvement of your Spanish language skills. If you are diligent, fluency is possible in a summer.

Intense language immersion, combined with creative assignments and curriculum, guarantee significant strides in acquisition of the Spanish language.

For the Summer Intensive Spanish Program you can select ONE Spanish language course from the list in the Spanish Courses tab above. Placement exams will take place to ensure you are in the correct level.

Intensive Spanish Language Studies with Elective 

5 week program: JULY 2- AUGUST 6

2 classes / up to 8 total credit hours

This is our best deal in terms of what you get for your buck…  not just one more week in Costa Rica, but one more class over 100 hours and even more excursions!

Take a 4 week intensive Spanish language course in conjunction with an elective class of your choice.

You can select ONE Spanish language course from the list in the Spanish Courses tab above. Placement exams will take place to ensure you are in the correct level.

A wide range of electives (taught in English) are available in the following subject areas:

  • Art and Humanities
  • Business, Economics and Communication
  • Health and Human Development
  • History, Politics and International Relations

For an extensive list of available electives, check out the Electives tab above.

Intensive Spanish Language Studies with Elective

 8 week program: JULY 2 – AUGUST 27

3 classes / up to 12 total credit hours

In this option, earn up to 12 credits and guarantee your language fluency if you are diligent, all  in one summer-of-a-lifetime!

For the BEST summer value and optimum opportunity to perfect your Spanish skills, choose the 8 week program, in which you will take a 4-week intensive Spanish class at the appropriate level, followed by another 4-week class at the next level. You can select TWO Spanish language courses from the list in the Spanish Courses tab above. Placement exams will take place to ensure you are in the correct level.

For the first 5 weeks of your program you will also take an elective class. See the Electives tab above for a list of Elective courses available.

What’s Included

Our candidates are interested in Spanish immersion and travel abroad. For the duration of your program, you will live with a local Costa Rican family, PLUS, we show you much more of Costa Rica with the amazing excursions and activities included.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Airport pick-up and Orientation upon arrival into San Jose
  • University tuition and materials
  • Sealed university transcripts upon completion
  • Your own room with a local Costa Rican family
  • 2 meals per day and laundry
  • Come with a friend and live together during your time in Costa Rica.
  • Amazing in-country excursions and activities
  • Pre Departure Orientation and Counseling
  • English speaking Adelante representatives onsite in San Jose
Spanish Courses

SUMMER INTENSIVE SPANISH CLASSES

SPANISH LANGUAGE

SPN 101 – Básico 1

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners so no previous knowledge of the language is required. Students will develop the basic linguistic skills in order to communicate in common simple situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given on understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives. 

SPN 102 – Básico 2

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command on elementary grammatical tenses. Students will advance on their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students will expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

SPN 201 – Intermedio 1  Pre-requisite: SPN 102

Students in this course should have a good communicative command of usual everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s skills emphasizing on oral and written presentations and more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

SPN 202 – Intermedio 2   Pre-requisite: SPN 201

This course emphasizes the discourse enrichment on contexts related to description and simple narrations. The contents include vocabulary building and detailed work with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students will also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rican.

SPN 301 – Avanzado 1

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinion and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

SPN 302 – Avanzado 2

This course is for students who want to polish their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students will practice narrative constructions, reactions on non expected contexts, how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects about myths, relieves and other cultural issues in Latin America.

SPN 310 – Español Conversacional Avanzado

This course is based on acquiring the skill of self correction. Students will acquire higher levels of diction and fluency through the exposure to oral contexts, idiomatic language and the varieties of Spanish spoken in different Spanish-speaking nations. This course develops skills

in reading, discussion, analysis, self correction and research. Emphasis is given to pragmatic production and students must be prepared to spend a minimum of 2 extra hours per day for assignments.

SPN 304 – Español para Negocios

This course is for students with an advanced level of Spanish who wish to learn general information about the development and processes of some of Costa Rica’s main entrepreneurial settings. By the end of the course students will have a general knowledge of business

SPN 410 – Redacción Avanzada

This course is for high advanced level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course studies complex and difficult syntax topics. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Designed for health personnel that have taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of medical related Spanish vocabulary and structures and to increase the competency of communications in specifically simulated situations with Spanish speaking patients.

SPN 341 Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals

This course is designed for health personnel that have an advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic competency in order to interact with their Spanish speaking patients and their families.


SPANISH FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

SPN 141 Basic Spanish for Health Professionals

Designed for the purpose of giving health personnel, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing simulated Spanish speaking patients. During the four weeks of the course the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level with simulated Spanish speaking patients.

SPN 241 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals

 

SPANISH FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

SPN 151 Español Básico para Agentes Judiciales y Patrulla Fronteriza (Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement and Border Patrol)

This course is designed for the purpose of giving general law enforcement professionals, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing simulated Spanish native speakers. During the four weeks of the course the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level in simulated situations with Spanish native speakers.

SPN 251 Español Intermedio para Agentes Judiciales y Patrulla Fronteriza (Intermediate Spanish for Law Enforcement and Border Patrol)

This course is designed for law enforcement professionals that have taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of law related Spanish and increase the competency of communications in specifically simulated situations with Spanish native speakers.

SPN 351 Español Avanzado para Agentes Judiciales y Patrulla Fronteriza (Advanced Spanish for Law Enforcement and Border Patrol)

This course is designed for law enforcement professionals that have an advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic and communicative competency in order to interact with Spanish native speakers and their families.
The goal at the end of this course is to have the student capable of communicating in an effective and fluent form with Spanish native speakers.

COMM 3200 Intercultural Communication and Competence
This course provides an introduction to the field of intercultural communication, enhances the development of intercultural competence (in the course participants and indirectly in their work and intercultural relationships), and explores implications and applications towards shaping one’s world view. The course examines theoretical aspects of culture and world view; communicative and intercultural competence; intercultural contact and entry processes; issues of diversity and commonalities among human beings; and implications and applications for work settings and for oneself as a member of multicultural groups.

POL 3220 Migration Issues:  The Costa Rica Case

This class studies the construction of migrants as others, the management of their image by media and elements pertaining human rights and citizenship in the cases immigrants in Costa Rica and opening the possibility to compare the United States as a host country. The objective is to visualize the construction of cultural identities, its effects on the intergroup encounters and societal perspectives on migration.

Electives

ELECTIVE COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business, Economics and Communication
  • Health and Human Development
  • History, Politics and International Relations

ELECTIVE COURSES TAUGHT IN SPANISH

  • Literatura y Lingüística

(scroll down for a description of courses)


ELECTIVES COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

 5 & 8 WEEK SUMMER SESSION

(The university reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient enrolment (less than 4 students)).

ART AND HUMANITIES

ARCH 3112: HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA ARCHITECTURE AND ART
3 credits (48 hours)
A chronological overview of main invents and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America analyzing the artistic manifestations.

ART 2100 ART FUNDAMENTALS: THEORY AND PRACTICE 
3 credits (48 hours)
This is course is designed for the beginner to help the student find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in artwork. With willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

ART 1301 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DRAWING
3 credits (48 hours)
This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model and landscapes.

DNCE 2500: INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN TROPICAL DANCE
3 credits (48 hours)
An introduction to technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical Dance.  History, anthropology, folklore and songs are part of this experiential course.

HUM 3500- LATIN AMERICAN ART 
3 credits (48 hours)
A survey of Latin American visual arts covering twenty centuries of aesthetic and cultural production: Pre-Columbian, Conquest, Colonial, Baroque, Independence, Modern and Contemporary. We will examine the ways sculpture, painting, and architecture has functioned across a broad spectrum of art history, region, and culture in what are now the Latin American countries.

HUM 3513- ARTS AND HUMANITIES: COSTA RICA COLLOQUIUM 
3 credits (48 hours)
A general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, examined through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary view focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, polity, natural resources and culture. Emphases will be placed upon different topics during the course, according to students’ backgrounds and expectations.

ETH-3100 SELECTED TOPICS IN AFRO-CARIBBEAN STUDIES
3 credits (48 hrs) (Can also count for ETHN 3100 Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies)
This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America.  Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

PHIL 3100 COMPARATIVE CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY
3 credits (48 hours)
An overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, Concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

PHOT- 2130 CULTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
3 credits (48 hours)
Practical exercises and field trips students will apply the theoretical information provided in lectures to consciously explore Costa Rican culture. The focus of the projects is the creation of photographic images in black and white.

PHOT- 2600 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
3 credits (48 hours)

The course offers a general knowledge in the reaches and the stages of digital photography. Through practice exercises aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images.

BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND COMMUNICATION

COMM 3200: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 
3 credits (48 hours)
This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context.  Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.

ECON 3403- INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hours)
Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations. Pre- Requisite  ECON 1000, or ECON 2010 and 2020.

GEB 3350- INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
3 credits (48 hours)
An overview of cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today.  The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco sur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

MGMT 3021- LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT
3 credits (48 hrs)
An overview of logistics management areas within the domestic and international contexts.  Examines logistics objectives such as warehousing, inventory control, transportation, import-export logistics, etc.  Emphasis is given on the importance of legal aspects in certain logistics areas.

MGMT 3030- CREATIVE LEADERSHIP SKILLS
3 credits (48 hrs)
Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence.  These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

PSY-2200 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits (48hours)
The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Based on this definition, the concepts of health and illness have changed.  Nowadays, health care professionals have to tackle the health from a bio-psycho-social concept. For this reason, it is extremely important for health care professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, just to mention some)   to have general information about Health Psychology, which studies how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness.   In this way, health care professionals can have an integral approach to the patients under their treatment.  This will discuss some of the most common topics related with Health Psychology and pertinent to practice in the health care professions.

HISTORY, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

HIS 2302 CONTEMPORARY LATINAMERICAN HISTORY
3 credits (48 hours)
This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence.  Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

HIS 3290 COSTA RICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3 credits (48 hours)
This course introduces the outstanding socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development path of Costa Rica.

POL 2500 HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hours)
A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labour rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

POL 3100 COSTA RICAN TRADITION: PEACE AND DEMOCRACY
3 credits (48 hours)
The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

POL 3220 MIGRATION ISSUES:  THE COSTA RICA CASE
3 credits (Taught in English)  (48 hours)
This class studies the construction of migrants as others, the management of their image by media and elements pertaining human rights and citizenship in the cases immigrants in Costa Rica and opening the possibility to compare the United States as a host country. The objective is to visualize the construction of cultural identities, its effects on the intergroup encounters and societal perspectives on migration.

POL 3400 WORLD POLITICS AND TERRORISM
3 credits (48 hours)
This course examines the historical and actual events related to international terrorism. The focus is to understand the background of global, regional and local conflicts between various groups and governments. Various topics will be closely followed, like Jihadism, Al Qaeda in 2008 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The objective of the course is to promote the interaction of ideas and arguments based on a balanced analysis of the themes. Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, documentary movies, socio-dramas and debating actual topics.

POL 3450 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hrs)
The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

POL 3560 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
3 credits (48 hours)
This course examines the historical and actual events in The Middle East. The focus is to understand the background of conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon and The Palestinian Territories.
The aftermath of the Middle East Peace conference of December 2007 will be closely followed. The objective of the course is to promote the interaction of ideas and arguments based on a balanced analysis of the themes. Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, documentary movies, socio-dramas and debating actual topics.

POL 3740 ECONOMIC INTEGRATION IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hrs)
This course will analyze the beginning of the International Relations in Latin America and the most important historical facts that marked the politics in the region in the current era.  The focus of this course is on the historic background of the region before independence and post independence that helped to consolidate the American hegemony and the insertion of foreign investment, the North American imperialism and the Latin-American resistance.

ELECTIVE COURSES TAUGHT IN SPANISH

LITERATURA Y LINGÜÍSTICA

SPN 3020- LECTURAS SELECTAS DE LA LITERATURA LATINOAMERICANA 
3 credits (48 hours)
Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en  la literatura Latinoamericana.

SPN 3050  FONÉTICA Y FONOLOGIA
3 credits (48 hours)
En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación.

SPN 3070 INTRODUCCIÓN A LA TRADUCCIÓN
3 credits (48 hours)
Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español.  Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor.

SPN 3520  DIALECTOLOGIA LATINOAMERICANA
3 credits (48 hours)
Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos sociales de habla.

El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales.  Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español.

SPN 3560- TOPICOS SELECTOS EN LITERATURA COMPARADA
3 credits (48 hours)
El curso plantea los fundamentos de poesía, narrativa (cuento corto y noveleta) y drama, que servirá como marco teórico de discusión de textos representativos de esos mismos géneros.  Los textos han sido seleccionados con base en sus recursos para establecer comparaciones, y en el grado de interés que pueden despertar no sólo a estudiantes de literatura, sino a estudiantes de español como lengua extranjera.

SPN 4110- ESCRITORAS CONTEMPORANEAS COSTARRICENSES
3 credits (48 hours)
El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.  Prereq.   SPN 301

SPN 4330- TOPICOS SELECTOS EN LA LITERATURA ESPAÑOLA
3 credits (48 hours)
Estudio de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en  la literatura española.

SPN 4390 El CINE Y LA LITERATURA LATINOAMERICANA
3 credits (48 hours)
Estudio de la producción cinematográfica en relación con la literatura en Latino América. Prereq.   SPN 301

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Application Process

Click on the button at the top of the page to apply for this program now!

Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.

Program Fee

4 week program: $3,150

5 week program: $4,050 (cheaper than last year’s price!)

8 week program: $5,295

Non-refundable application fee: $150

Sample Excursions

Excursions and Adventures Included!

Some ideas of the kinds of excursions and activities available in our Costa Rica program… (Availability is based on various things, including weather, number of candidates who sign up, availability of transportation and more).

Manuel Antonio National Park

It’s a National Park on the Central Pacific, and it’s one of the most beautiful beaches found in this region of the country. The landscape is composed of white sands and warm waters surrounded by lush vegetation. You can see a variety of Flora and Fauna including white-faced monkeys, sloths, raccoons and many other species of rodents and birds.

Includes: Transportation, accommodations (in a hotel or cabin of your choice) and Breakfast
Departure: Friday
Return: Sunday

Arenal Volcano/ Hot Springs

One of the active volcanoes that can be found in Costa Rica. During the day you can see smoke emanating from the crater. With the dark of night you can see bright red eruptions of lava, which create relaxing hot springs.

Includes: Transportation, lunch, dinner, entrance to hot springs
Departure: 8:00 A.M.
Return: 11:00 P.M.

Canopy Tour

You can either go to Poas or San Lorenzo. This trip is done on ropes amongst the treetops. Appreciate first hand the great biodiversity that nature has to offer. The tours are done with very good equipment and visitors are secured with harnesses and security lines. Go between bridges and platforms 15 meters off the ground or higher, as high as 27 meters.

Includes: Transportation, lunch, entrance, guide
Departure: 7:00 A.M.
Return: 4:00 P.M.

Should you wish to participate in more activities and excursions than what is included in your program, you absolutely can! We make these and more available to you — all are very worthwhile, guided by a trusted resource — and the cost typically will be less than you would pay on your own.