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Costa Rica

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:

  • Have taken, and have passed with a C or better, SPAN 1010 (First Semester of Spanish) or any SPAN course above 1010
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a high school graduate or above.
  • Read, speak, and understand English.


  • Costa Rica

Program Dates:

May 26, 2019 – June 23, 2019


$3,340.00 (Airfare NOT Included)

Suggested Payment Schedule:
Deposit: $500
Jan. 8, 2019: $500
Feb. 5, 2019: $500
March 5, 2019: $500
April 2, 2019: $500
April 27, 2019: $500
May 12, 2019: $340
Must be paid in full by May 12, 2019

Deposit: $500 dollars will need to be paid when you hand in your application. All payments must be made through the Hurst Center, NOT at the main cashier's office. Payment can be made in person, or over the phone at (801) 626-6600. The Hurst Center is located on the south side of campus next to the Alumni Center.

Includes: room and board, domestic transportation, and some meals.
Not included: airfare, passport, incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and all meals.


Please attend the pre-departure meetings!

May 20th – 24th: Pre-departure orientation and the start of OCRE 3810

May 26th: Depart

June 23rd: Return

Academic Courses

Students who participate in this study abroad program will be able to register for up to nine (9) semester credits through Weber State University by choosing one bundle of the following:

  • SPAN 1020 (3) and SPAN 1851 (3)
  • or SPAN 2010 (3) and SPAN HU2851 (3)
  • or SPAN 2020 (3) and SPAN HU2851 (3)
  • or SPAN 3000 (3) and SPAN 3850 (3)
  • All students may take OCRE 3810 (3) in addition to any of the above bundles.

Program Directors

Isabel Asensio

Trip Cancellations

If a program is canceled all participants will be refunded 100% of fees paid (WSU cannot reimburse personal funds spent outside beyond the program fee). Withdrawal from the program may result in penalty fees, to be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the refund policy described in the application. All costs are non-refundable in their entirety 30 days prior to departure, without exception. Dates and prices may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.