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Highlights

  • All classes taught in Spanish
  • Housing: host families
  • Volunteer and community involvement opportunities
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to advanced and superior level Spanish students
  • Completion of four semesters of college level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • Course form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • University Contact Information Form
  • All classes taught in Spanish
  • Entry requirement: valid passport

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Dates & Fees

FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
Aug 17, 2014 - Dec 13, 2014
$11,980
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
Late Aug, 2014 - Mid-May, 2015
$22,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jan 2015 - May 2015
$11,980
SPRING SEMESTER 2013-2014
Jan 3, 2014 - May 10, 2014
$11,980
FALL SEMESTER 2013-2014
Aug 18, 2013 - Dec 14, 2013
$10,480
ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014
Aug 18, 2013 - May 10, 2014
$20,480

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2014
SPRING SEMESTER 2013-2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2013
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2013
FALL SEMESTER 2013-2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2013
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2013
ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2013
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2013

Academic Program

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

180-270 hours per semester 12-18 semester credits

Designed for American students, the study abroad program in San Joaquín de Flores program at the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores offers advanced and superior level Spanish language courses along with a variety of electives including arts, literature, cultural studies, sociology, and environmental studies taught in Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to interact with “ticos” (as Costa Ricans refer to themselves) outside of the classroom by participating in community service opportunities and cultural activities. All students enroll in 4-6 classes per semester. All students are highly encouraged to enroll in a Spanish language class. Each student’s language level is determined by a Spanish placement exam administered upon arrival by the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores.

COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING

Advanced-level students who seek active involvement with local community members in San Joaquín are encouraged to select the Advanced Spanish Conversation course. As part of the course, students complete 20 or more hours of community service at local schools, libraries or retirement homes.

CLASSES WITH COSTA RICAN STUDENTS

High-advanced or superior-level Spanish speakers have the option of enrolling in one class with Costa Rican students per semester at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (UL) for no additional fee. Enrollment at the UL also allows API students to participate in sports and other activities with Costa Rican students. Subjects available include advertising, business, communications, education, law, and public relations. Students who choose to study at the Universidad Latina must submit an official high school transcript and copy of their diploma to API in addition to their college transcript upon applying. An additional fee per class is charged for students who take two or more classes at the UL.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from U.S. – accredited Fairfield University upon completion of the program. Students who enroll in classes with Costa Rican students receive an additional transcript from the Universidad Latina.

What’s Included

PRE-DEPARTURE SERVICES
  • Advising
  • @api Online System
  • Orientation Materials and Resources
  • Peer Mentors
  • Social Networking
  • Scholarships
ON-SITE SERVICES
  • Airport Reception
  • Resident Directors
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing (including meals and laundry)
  • Tuition
  • Tutoring
  • Language & Culture Tools
  • Medical & Life Insurance
  • Excursions (overnight, day, international)
  • Social & Cultural Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
  • Volunteer Opportunities
RE-ENTRY SERVICES
  • Re-Entry Materials & Support
  • Post-Program Evaluation
  • Transcript
  • Alumni Network & Professional Development Opportunities

Program Manager

Brittany Boehr is the San Joaquín de Flores Program Manager and will work with you through your departure to Costa Rica.

Brittany Boehr

Resident Director

Esteban López is the San Joaquín de Flores Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Costa Rica.

Esteban

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