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Spanish Language Immersion in Costa Rica


San Jose, Costa Rica

Program Description

Spanish Immersion in Costa Rica is a 6-credit academic program open to students of all majors.

This program fully embodies the idea of practical language learning as students are immersed in a 3-week intensive course experience in San José, Costa Rica. Beginning and intermediate students will be exposed to the Spanish language through home stays and immersive courses. Students will be divided into either an elementary intensive course (SPAN 111) or an intermediate intensive course (SPAN 212) based on their proficiency exam scores. During the week students will live in the vibrant city of San José where they will be exposed to everyday life Spanish and on weekends will take excursions to some of Costa Rica's most beautiful destinations. The program will end with one final week of online assessments after returning to the United States.

Location Description

This 6-credit study-abroad program will take place in San José, Costa Rica. The country of Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in the region and is known for its laid back, "Pura Vida" lifestyle.  A culturally rich country with a diverse ethnic background, Costa Rica is a traveler's paradise due to its geographical diversity. The program's base will be on the campus of Universidad VERITAS, a school characterized by its quality and unique cultural immersion opportunities for students from all over the world.

The group will also travel on weekends to two destinations that represent Costa Rica's unique ecotourism options.


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Living with a host family is the easiest way to immerse students into the Costa Rican culture and practice their Spanish. Each student will have a private room. Laundry service is provided once a week. All families live within walking distance from campus and a shuttle will also be provided for students returning to campus for evening extracurricular activities.

Each student will be provided breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Students should plan to spend their own money each day to cover the cost of lunch.

Additional Items to Consider

Americans do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. However, they must have a current valid passport and a return ticket to exit Costa Rica. (Either to return to your country or to go to another country).

US passport must be valid for a minimum of one day from the day you enter Costa Rica.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Spanish proficiency test score

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SPAN 111: Intensive Elementary Spanish (6 credits)

SPAN 212: Intensive Intermediate Spanish (6 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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