Program Information
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Winter 2024: Costa Rica SPAN
January 06, 2024 - February 01, 2024
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Interest Meetings:
02/27/2023 4:30 PM - 5:00 PMJastak Burgess Hall, Room 201
03/13/2023 12:30 PM - 1:00 PMJastak Burgess Hall, Room 201
03/22/2023 4:30 PM - 5:00 PMJastak Burgess Hall, Room 201
04/19/2023 4:30 PM - 5:00 PMJastak Burgess Hall, Room 201
05/01/2023 5:00 PM - 5:30 PMMcDowell Hall, Room 201
08/21/2023 5:00 PM - 5:30 PMZoom Meeting ID: 956 7970 8947
08/24/2023 5:00 PM - 5:30 PMZoom Meeting ID: 956 7970 8947
08/29/2023 5:00 PM - 5:30 PMZoom Meeting ID: 956 7970 8947
09/05/2023 5:00 PM - 5:30 PMZoom Meeting ID: 956 7970 8947
09/07/2023 5:00 PM - 5:30 PMZoom Meeting ID: 956 7970 8947
Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
10/16/2023 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM202 Old College
11/09/2023 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM203 McDowell Hall
11/14/2023 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation
12/11/2023 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM202 Old College
Program Notes
Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program..
This program is currently recruiting students and will begin the application and enrollment process when an estimated program fee is established. To receive an alert when the program begins accepting applications please fill out this 24W interest form.

Note: Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 24W study abroad program.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program for information about COVID-19 related travel requirements and policies for UD study abroad.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 10-13 weeks (3-4 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.
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.

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.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, some meals, all group excursions and international medical insurance. 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. All lunches and some meals during travel and on weekends are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of each student. 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.

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. 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.
ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware 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. 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.
All students take LLCU 207 Cultures in Context and choose one other level-specific language course.

Please note: This program is designed for intermediate-level students of Spanish (i.e., those who have not yet reached the 300-level).
EDUC 258: Cultural Diversity, Schooling and the Teacher (3 credits)
Examines roles and responsibilities of the classroom teacher vis-a-vis the demographic changes occurring in United States society and the public school student population. Topics include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, poverty and language. NO LONGER OFFERED
Satisfies the following requirements:
LLCU 207-071: Cultures in Context - Multicultural (3 credits)
Taught abroad in English, this course introduces students to their host culture and its history. Includes excursions to important cultural and natural sites, readings and discussion, and research on the host culture.
Satisfies the following requirements:
University History Breadth
Arts and Sciences - Group B
SPAN 107-070: Spanish III - Intermediate (4 credits)
Review of grammar, continued practice in speaking and writing, and reading texts of average difficulty.
Prerequisite: SPAN 106
Satisfies the following requirements:
Arts and Sciences - Foreign Language
Other: EG BREADTH: COE Breadth Requirement
Restrictions: Four years of high school Spanish acceptable in lieu of prerequisite.
SPAN 206-070: Culture through conversation (3 credits)
Discussion of topics drawn from contemporary Spanish or Latin American life. For students who wish to broaden their knowledge of Hispanic culture while improving their oral and aural language skills.
Prerequisite: SPAN 107
Restrictions: Taught abroad only. Students who received credit in SPAN 205 are not eligible to take this course without permission.
SPAN 305-071: Oral Communication (3 credits)
For individuals with a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on refinement of expression of abstract ideas as well as mastery of practical communication.
Prerequisite: SPAN 200
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
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

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.

The Winter Session Program in Costa Rica is designed for any student, regardless of major, who is interested in studying Spanish language at the intermediate level and who has taken at least Spanish 106 or 4 years of Spanish in high school.

Please note: This program is designed for intermediate-level students of Spanish (i.e. those who have not yet reached the 300-level).

For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by Zoom.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please email a copy of your official transcript to the Program Coordinator.

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 $1,200.00.
  • 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 CGPS 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.
  • CGPS 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$2,633.00$7,065.00
Final Program Fee$2,450.00$2,450.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$5,113.00$9,545.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,200.00$1,200.00
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, 2023
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 29, 2023
$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
Basia Moltchanov
Faculty Director
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
325 Jastak Burgess Hall

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