Spanish and Community Engagement in Costa Rica

Study Abroad in Costa Rica during Summer Session I

ICDS and Universidad Latina de Costa Rica offer a six-week service-learning program with a strong Spanish language and cultural immersion component, allowing students improve their language skills as well as contribute to local community development.

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  • Six-week service-learning based program
  • Intensive Spanish instruction (72 contact hours)
  • Community work and cultural immersion integrated into language course


  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completion of basic level(s) of college Spanish or equivalent

Lodging Modality

  • Homestays with carefully selected local families

What’s Included

  • Arrival/departure assistance and transfers from and to airport
  • On-site orientation
  • Homestay placement
  • Community work placement
  • Weekend excursions and class day trips
  • Cultural activities
  • Wireless Internet access

Course Offering

  • Spanish Courses: a total of seventy-two hours (72), equivalent to four (4) recommended credits.
  • Spanish Nivel Básico II
  • Spanish Nivel Intermedio I
  • Spanish Nivel Intermedio II
  • Spanish Nivel Avanzado I
  • Spanish Nivel Avanzado II, Conversación Avanzada

Experiential Content

Seventy-two (72) hours of Spanish language immersion through community work (2 additional recommended credits)

Program Fees

Please check with your home university’s Study Abroad Office, or contact ICDS

Program Dates

Summer Session I Duration
June-Mid July 6 Weeks

Interested in Spanish & Community Work in Costa Rica?

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