University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2017: Costa Rica DLLC

Program Dates January 02, 2017 - February 02, 2017
This program is closed.

Program Overview Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program.

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. 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.

The Program Fee includes accommodations, most meals, all group excursions and international medical insurance. Students reside either singly or in pairs in private Costa Rica 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. 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 and 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. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

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 will 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.

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 107-071: Spanish III - Intermediate (4 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Foreign Language
SPAN 206-071: Culture Through Conversation (3 credits)
SPAN 207-071: Contemporary Latin America (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University History Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
  • Multicultural
UNIV 370-040: Study Abroad - Costa Rica DLLC (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,165.00$5,805.00
Final Program Fee$2,500.00$2,500.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $4,695.00$8,335.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$865.00$865.00

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.

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.

*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.

Contact Information:
Crista Johnson
Faculty Director
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
30 E. Main St., 320 Jastak-Burgess

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2016
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2016
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 27, 2016

Interest Meetings:

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