Heredia, Costa Rica: Summer Spanish Language Program

This program is designed to provide students needing to meet foreign language requirements a Spanish immersion experience during the summer.  Students will take classes at the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica.

Fast Facts

Program Type:Host-institution
Duration:6 weeks
Summer 2015 Dates:Arrive Costa Rica: May 23, 2015
Depart Costa Rica: July 4, 2015
Application Fee:$20
Program Fee:See cost sheet (link at right)
Tuition:See cost sheet (link at right)
Application Deadline:March 1



The Program

This program was designed to provide students needing to meet Spanish language requirements the opportunity to study the language in a full immersion setting.  Spanish language courses at the advanced level are offered at the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos of Universidad Nacional.  The professors are experienced and fully accredited Universidad Nacional educators whose specialty is teaching Spanish as a second language.  Students will study in Costa Rica for 6 weeks, for up to 9 credit hours.

Courses Offered

Tentative course offerings for the Summer 2015 will be 'History of the Spanish Language', which meets the Geneseo Spanish major's linguistics requirement or elective requirement, and 'Composition through Literature', which meets the Geneseo Spanish major's literature elective requirement or regular elective requirement.  However, course selection is subject to that which is of greatest demand.  Consult Dr. Rose McEwen at for more information regarding course offerings.


Students may choose to supplement their classroom learning with an additional 1- or 2-credit internship.  Students may also choose to forgo classroom learning and enroll in internship credit exclusively.  Students participating only in an internship must complete a 3- or 6-credit internship.

If you are interested in an internship, please consult the "Internship Options" list at the right and contact Dr. Rose McEwen at to express your interest.  More information about internships will be available in the Spring semester.

Cultural Field Trips

Program participants receive one field trip included in the cost of the program that will complement the academic component of the program and enrich their experience of the culture of Costa Rica and the Hispanic world.  These outings highlight different elements of Costa Rica, including its natural biodiversity, pre-Columbian heritage, Colonial past, religious tradition, arts and folklore.

The Setting

The colonial city of Heredia is seven miles north of the capital San José.  Heredia is noted for its relatively smaller size than San José but also for the vibrant cultural life that centers on UNA-sponsored programs.  Located in the central region, the area's average daily temperatures year-round are in the 70s.  Lowland parts of the country average in the 90s.

Since its establishment in 1973, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica has distinguished itself for the renowned record of its educators, its extensive contributions in the area of research, and its successful efforts to continuously modernize the classroom and technological facilities it provides to its students.  In essence, UNA has gained an outstanding reputation for offering one of the highest quality education programs in Central America.