Program Information
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Winter 2025: Costa Rica SPAN
January 02, 2025 - January 30, 2025 (dates are tentative)
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Meetings
Interest Meetings:
03/07/2024 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM102 McDowell Hall
03/19/2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM102 McDowell Hall
04/09/2024 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM102 McDowell Hall
Program Notes
Please note that First Semester Freshmen are eligible for participation and encouraged to apply to this program..
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 6-8 weeks (2 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad at this time poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad must be prepared to adapt to evolving situations 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 which are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) and world events 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
The Winter Session Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica offers a unique and immersive experience for students looking to enhance their Spanish language skills while fulfilling the College of Arts and Sciences foreign language requirement. This intermediate-level program focuses on both language acquisition and cultural immersion, allowing students to delve deep into Central American culture.

Set in the vibrant landscapes of Costa Rica, the program combines classroom learning with real-world experiences. Students will attend structured Spanish language classes, designed to build upon their existing knowledge and propel them towards fluency: SPAN107 and SPAN206. These classes are complemented by cultural workshops, local excursions, and community engagement activities as part of LLCU208 course conducted in English. This course provides a holistic understanding of Costa Rican customs, traditions, and daily life.

Students will reside in the city of Heredia, in homes with carefully selected Costa Rican host families.

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, Costa Rica. 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.
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).
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
Multicultural
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.
UNIV 370: Study Abroad - Costa Rica SPAN (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
Requirements
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.
Costs
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-May.
  • 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
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,633.00$7,065.00
Estimated Program Fee$2,950.00$2,950.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,613.00$10,045.00
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 http://www1.udel.edu/finaid/rates.html 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.
Scholarships
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.
Deadlines
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onApril 20, 2024
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedMay 03, 2024
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-May
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.
Contacts
Alexander Selimov
Faculty Director
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
236 Jastak Burgess Hall
302-831-2592
selimov@udel.edu

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