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Costa Rica: Language and Adventure

*This is a past Program. To see a list of our current programs please visit our current programs page.*

Program Details

This study abroad program to the incredible country of Costa Rica combines intensive Spanish language study with unforgettable adventures to world-renowned touristic and ecological destinations. Participants will be totally immersed in a Spanish speaking culture, living with Costa Rican host families, and taking Spanish courses from a well-established language institute: the ILISA Spanish School. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the important role ecotourism plays in the country by actively participating in various field experiences to culturally and ecologically rich destinations, such as magnificent national parks, whitewater rivers, beaches, waterfalls, museums, art galleries, open street markets, nature centers, and parks. Costa Rica is an ideal destination not only because of its natural beauty and rich culture but also because it is a safe and relatively affordable country.

Selection Criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a high school graduate or above.
  • Read, speak, and understand English.


  • Costa Rica

Program Dates:

July 10, 2023 - August 11, 2023 (opportunity to extend program. $30 extra per extended day)


$2900 (Airfare NOT Included)

Suggested Payment Schedule:
Deposit: $500

April: $650

May: $650

June: $650

July: $450

Payments can now be made online! Visit this website for instructions on how to pay your deposit online and future payments. Charges should show on your account within 24 hours after registration. As always, you can pay with a credit card as well. To keep our trip costs low, we encourage the use of ACH Bank Transfers, or payments by cash or check whenever possible.

Includes: Students will live with a host family for accommodation which will include Breakfast, Dinner, and laundry. Also includes airport pickup, workbooks, entrance fees, cultural activities, and 2 activities per week.

Not included: airfare, passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and some meals.



    Classes Monday - Friday

2-4 included activites per week (dance classes, cooking classes, movies, visits to museums, central market, sightseeing points.) 

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to six (6) semester credits through Weber State University by choosing one bundle of the following:

  • SPAN 1010 & SPAN 1851
  • or SPAN 1020 & SPAN 1851

Program Directors

Myranda Knudson

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Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8711.