Study abroad in Costa Rica this summer.

Study abroad in Costa Rica this summer.

Costa Rica


May 24 - June 29, 2024 (five weeks)

Athletes and non-Athletes alike! Join us in San Jose, Costa Rica for a full-immersion summer language program. Addressing the needs of both students and student-athletes, this program takes your learning and training into the beautiful country of Costa Rica, balancing academic, cultural, and athletic activities. Participants will be able to apply their lessons to real life in the houses, markets, and beautiful natural wonder of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world; it contains about 5% of the world’s species. The lush wild natural environment can be experienced all throughout the country and is easily accessible to the curious visitor. Costa Rica provides the perfect place to learn and explore. It is also the home of four World Heritage sites certified by UNESCO.

All participants will have the opportunity to study Spanish in a university classroom and train in a private gym, as well as attending local cultural events. Participants will live with a Costa Rican family in a homestay setting.


LAIS 221

2 units

Intensive Intermediate Spanish (fulfills General Education Requirement COM2)

Faculty Leader

Dr. Emmy Ready
Emmy Ready, Faculty Leader: Spain Academics & Athletics

Visiting Lecturer of Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies

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Cost & Program Information

Cost: $5,700

Costs are approximate, do not include airfare, and are subject to change without notice as a result of fluctuations in currency values and other factors.

Scholarship Assistance: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.

Student Athletes: You are eligible to apply for a Weinstein Grant to provide reimbursement toward the cost of airfare. The application deadline is February 15. More information and the application can be found here.

Students who anticipate needing additional financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid and/or the Program Leader about external funding opportunities. Many external scholarships have early deadlines (e.g. in December or January), so students are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible.


Participants will be housed in private homes with carefully selected host families. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the host family. Living with Costa Rican families gives students the opportunity to learn more about Spanish language and culture outside the classroom.

What's included?

The program cost includes transportation, entrance fees, lodging, gym membership, and most meals during excursions, as well as comprehensive health insurance to cover most medical problems students may experience while abroad. The faculty leader and program assistant will be on-site during the entire summer term to assist students.

Ready to apply?

Application Deadline

February 15

Apply online through Gateway Abroad, our study abroad application portal.