Program Information
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Winter 2020: Costa Rica LLCU
January 04, 2020 - February 06, 2020
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
09/03/2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMMcDowell 106
09/05/2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMMcDowell 106
09/10/2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMMcDowell 106
09/12/2019 4:30 PM - 5:30 PMMcDowell 106
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/14/2019 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM203 Ewing Hall
11/14/2019 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM203 Ewing Hall
12/07/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM203 Ewing Hall
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/23/2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMStudent Health Services Conference Room
10/31/2019 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMStudent Health Services Conference Room
Program Notes
Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program..
Program Description
Study Spanish in Costa Rica, a country known for its natural wonders, which spends more on education than on defense, and boasts the longest tradition of orderly, democratic government in Central America. While in Costa Rica you will live with a host family in the city of Heredia, the capital of the province of Heredia. You will enjoy the pleasant climate of the city, its public and historic buildings, its recreational activities and the up-to-date facilities at our host university, the Ulatina Heredia (Universidad Latina - Heredia campus). Because of its central location, Heredia provides easy access to a variety of interesting and beautiful sites.

This program typically offers a mixture of day trips and weekend excursions which expose students to the culture and unique natural environment of Costa Rica. These excursions may include destinations such as national parks, beaches, volcanoes, a variety of cities and towns, as well as attractions in and around the city of Heredia.

Students reside either singly or in pairs in private Costa Rican homes in and around the city of Heredia. Bedding and linen are provided as well as breakfast and dinner daily. Some meals during travel and on weekends are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of each student.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, most meals, all group excursions and associated transportation, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to or from Costa Rica, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica. Additionally, transportation costs to and from the host family's residence and Ulatina Heredia for classes and excursions are the responsibility of each student. Please contact the program director for more specific information.

Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the cost section below for estimated airfare. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation.

Anyone interested in studying abroad in Costa Rica is encouraged to obtain a passport before the application deadline. Anyone without a passport at the time of acceptance may need to expedite their passport application which incurs an additional cost.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
Please note: This program is designed for intermediate-level students of Spanish (i.e. those who have not yet reached the 300-level).

All students take SPAN 207 and choose one language course depending on their level of Spanish.
SPAN 107-075: Spanish III - Intermediate (4 credits)
Review of grammar, continued practice in speaking and writing, and reading texts of average difficulty.
Prerequisite: SPAN106 or SPAN111 or equivalent courses or permission of instructor.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Arts and Sciences - Foreign Language
SPAN 206-071: Culture Through Conversation (3 credits)
Discussion of topics drawn from contemporary Spanish life. For students who wish to broaden their knowledge of Hispanic culture while improving their oral and aural language skills.
Prerequisite: SPAN107 or SPAN112 or equivalent courses or permission of instructor.
SPAN 207-071: Contemporary Latin America (3 credits)
Introduction to contemporary Latin America (specifically Costa Rica), its culture, its people, their way of life and the issues confronting them. Material presented in the form of guided tours and lectures by invited guests. 
Satisfies the following requirements:
University History Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group B
UNIV 370-040: Study Abroad - Costa Rica LLCU (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
The Winter Session Program in Costa Rica is designed for any student, regardless of majo, who has completed either Spanish 106 (Spanish II, Elementary/Intermediate) or its equivalent, or four years of high school Spanish. Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale). We encourage freshmen to apply!

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $668.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,385.00$6,404.00
Final Program Fee$2,700.00$2,700.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$5,115.00$9,134.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$668.00$668.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
The University of Delaware’s differential charge for Engineering, Nursing and Business & Economics students does not apply to winter or summer session and is waived for students enrolled in semester- or year-long study abroad and exchange programs sponsored by the University.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onSeptember 20, 2019
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 30, 2019
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Crista Johnson
Faculty Director
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
320 Jastak-Burgess Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.