Vamos a Costa Rica!!
Continue your Spanish studies in one of the most beautiful and friendly countries in the world, Costa Rica.
Listen and speak Spanish with locals while learning and experiencing the history, food, art, and language.
WSU Sponsoring Unit: College of Arts & Sciences
External Partner: ISA
Program Dates: June 17- July 28, 2018
(Note: Program starts and ends in Costa Rica. Participants must arrive on June 17and depart on July 28; program arranged accommodations are only available these dates.)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time of application.
- Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
- Be in good academic standing at WSU.
- Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
- Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
- Program Specific Eligibility: No additional requirements.
Please Note: A minimum number of participants is needed for this program.
Program Cost Estimate: $6,811 (fixed & estimated addt'l costs)
Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.
Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU
|WSU Tuition (number of credits)
|Global Learning Application Fee
|International Insurance Fee
|Total Paid to WSU
*Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.
Estimated Additional Expenses*
|Books and Supplies
|Visa** N/A for US citizens
|Total Estimated Additional Expenses
*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.
This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU only and does not include Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.
Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released. Participants must budget accordingly.
|Financially Responsible as of: Feb 1, 2018
|Participation Expense 1st Payment
||Feb 19, 2018
|Feb 23, 2018
||$84 ($2 per day)
|Participation Expense 2nd Payment
||March 16, 2018
WSU Courses (2 Required)-- TBD
- Span 307 (3 credits) OR Span 407 (3 credits)
Non-WSU Courses: None
Students must have completed SPAN 204 prior to the program.
Grades and GPA:
All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.
- Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
- Courses and grades will appear on MyWSU and WSU transcript.
- These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.
All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.
The Central American country of Costa Rica, which borders Nicaragua and Panama, also comprises several islands. Costa Rica is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. (INBio) Its culture is born from a rich blend of Mesoamerican and South American influences, and by the Spanish conquistadores of the 16th
century. Traditional dances and flavorful cuisine, combined with Costa Rica’s biodiversity and natural beauty all contribute to the country’s growing tourist industry.
- Language: Spanish is primarily spoken.
- Currency: Costa Rican colón (Compare to U.S. Dollars)
- Population: Costa Rica’s population was estimated at 4.872 million in 2013 (World Bank)
- Weather: June is the start of Costa Rica’s rainy season, with temperatures ranging from 68-83°F.
Participants will be able to experience the unique culture of San José by living with host families while on the program. In addition to having an opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language, participants will observe and experience aspects of the Costa Rican lifestyle that are inaccessible to most visitors. The homes are located throughout the city within walking distance or via local bus, 10-45 minutes from where classes will be held. Most of our families are made up of individuals who do not speak English. Some of the households do have English-speaking members, and all are experienced in hosting participants with all levels of Spanish. For language and culture programs, ISA instructs families to speak only Spanish to participants to maximize cultural and linguistic immersion. Participants are usually housed two to a home. The families will provide two meals per day and laundry service weekly/once over the duration of the program.
Passport & Visa Details
It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas. Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.
United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa.
- United States Department of State
- Costa Rica does not require a visa for US Citizens as of 8.2017
- Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements. Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.
How to Apply
- Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
Before the Deadline:
After the Deadline:
- To apply for this program click the "Apply Now" button located above.
- You will then have an application in "Application Phase". Complete application materials:
- Signature Documents
- Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
- Online Trainings
- In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
- Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to either the “pending” or “accepted” phase.
- “Accepted” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline.
- “Pending” Phase: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements, and your application is being reviewed before your participation is determined. After review, if you are accepted your application will move to the “Accepted” phase.
- Commit to the program: Once in the “accepted” phase, you will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program.
- If you click “Commit”: You have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
- If you click “Decline”: Your application will be withdrawn.
- After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
- Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
- Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
- Any requested material items specific to your program.
- Prepare to Depart!
- Apply for a visa (if required)
- Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
- Start packing!
How to Fund Your Program
Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
- Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
- Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
- Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
- Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians
- Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
- Create your budget
- Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
- Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
- Private Businesses
- Online Fundraising