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Excursions

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
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
Aug 23, 2015 - Dec 19, 2015
TBA
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
Aug 23, 2014 - May 16, 2015
$22,980
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
Aug 23, 2015 - May 1, 2016
TBA
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
Jan 11, 2015 - May 16, 2015
$12,250

Deadlines

FALL SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
FALL SEMESTER 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2014
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2015
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2015
SPRING SEMESTER 2014-2015
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2014
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2014

Excursions

During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.

Spring

CARTAGO

Cartago was Costa Rica’s first capital until 1823 and is home to Costa Rica’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels “Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles” or “La Negrita.” Students visit the most important sites in the city, as well as the Orosi Valley, founded by the Franciscan monks in 1561. It is home to the country’s oldest church still in continuous use, built in 1735.

INBIO PARQUE

During this tour, students will experience a variety of tropical forest trails. Along the way, students will enjoy the flora and fauna of the area, including frogs, butterflies, iguanas, sloths, alligators, birds, turtles and snakes and different types of plants as orchids, heliconias and bromeliads.

RINCON DE LA VIEJA NATIONAL PARK

This national park is named after the active Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, the steamy main attraction. The region bursts with multihued fumaroles, hot springs, lively mud pots hurling clumps of ashy gray mud, a young and feisty volcancito, plus a cacophony of popping, hissing holes in the ground.

INTERNATIONAL EXCURSIONS
BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA OR GRANADA, NICARAGUA*
PANAMA

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

NICARAGUA

Granada was founded in 1524 and is one of the oldest settlements in Nicaragua. During the colonial period, it was one of the most important port cities in Central America. Students can observe its fascinating its colonial architecture and old-world feel.

Fall

ARENAL

Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the central mountainous region of Costa Rica, with elevations ranging from 3281 to 5436 feet. Surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests, the Arenal Volcano is a sight to see! This active volcano was considered dormant until a major eruption in 1968. If students are lucky to observe the volcano on a clear night, they can see hot lava trails streaming down the mountain. Nearby waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) make for a relaxing experience.

CARTAGO

Cartago was Costa Rica’s first capital until 1823 and is home to Costa Rica’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Angels “Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles” or “La Negrita.” Students visit the most important sites in the city, as well as the Orosi Valley, founded by the Franciscan monks in 1561. It is home to the country’s oldest church still in continuous use, built in 1735.

INBIO PARQUE

During this tour, students will experience a variety of tropical forest trails. Along the way, students will enjoy the flora and fauna of the area, including frogs, butterflies, iguanas, sloths, alligators, birds, turtles and snakes and different types of plants as orchids, heliconias and bromeliads.

INTERNATIONAL EXCURSIONS
BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA OR GRANADA, NICARAGUA*
PANAMA

The archipelago of Bocas del Toro offers white-sand beaches, lagoons, and incredible opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing. It is also an area rich in wildlife. Students may visit the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, featuring incredible coral reefs and marine life, and a nearby bird sanctuary with a variety of local and migratory species. Four species of endangered sea turtles still visit the waters of Bocas and the turtles come ashore in great numbers during certain seasons.

OR
NICARAGUA

Granada was founded in 1524 and is one of the oldest settlements in Nicaragua. During the colonial period, it was one of the most important port cities in Central America. Students are fascinated by its colonial architecture and old-world feel.

 

* The international destination varies each session due to the influence of the local climate.