** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Spend a week in Costa RIca.
Be immersed in the culture.
Speak Spanish 24/7.
Stay with a Costa Rican family.
Visit incredible sites away from the city.
Students taking USF on-campus Spanish courses during the Spring semester have a focused and contextualized experience in Costa Rica. Inmersión Cultural en Costa Rica does not bear any credit; rather, the trip is an "embedded" program to add a rich experience to a normal spring course at USF.
How to complete the REQUIRED Course Approval Form:
Upload your completed form to the Course Approval Form Questionnaire.
Description of activities:
Manuel Antonio National Park: This park encompasses rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. Visitors get in touch with the birds and animals that make this National Park a paradise. The park is on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.
Poás Volcano National Park: covers an area of approximately 65 square kilometers (16,000 acres); the summit is 2,700 meters (8,900 ft). One of the attractive features about Poás is that you can get all the way to the edge of the crater.
Rural tourism in Escazú: Students will learn about the farmers, the oxcarts, typical Costa Rican sugar mills, and how masks are made and used in the open-air festivals "turnos". Typical Costa Rican lunch included.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens: a visit to the Cloud Forest equipped with butterfly garden, an enormous aviary, serpentarium and other views of Costa Rican wildlife. After lunch there is a hike through the gardens of the La Paz Waterfalls, where the trails take you to Magia Blanca Waterfall.
Doka Estate Coffee Plantation Tour: located on the fertile slopes of the Alajuela Poas Volcano, the rich soil and the ideal altitude and climate have made this Santa Eduviges farm famous because of it's excellent coffee. Have breakfast at the plantation and then tour the plantation to see how coffee is grown, harvested, and roasted.
Museo Nacional: located downtown in the Bellavista Fortress which was built in 1917 and was originally a military barracks.It became the site of the museum in 1950 after the military was abolished. The museum is organized thematically in a counter clockwise direction from the entrance with artifacts related to Costa Rica's geological, colonial, archaeological, religious and modern history.
Total Program Cost: $1,378
Admission to museums
International medical and evacuation insurance
24/7 emergency assistance via the Education Abroad International Assistance Line
Cost does not include:
airfare or luggage fee ($375-$550)
passport or visa fees
Health and Safety
Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Students will be staying with Costa Rican host families who are carefully selected, trained and monitored. This arrangement provides a more in-depth understanding of the daily life of Costa Ricans, who are noted for their friendliness. Cultural awareness is much enhanced by the daily interaction with the homestay families. Another advantage of homestay lodging is that it includes breakfast and dinner daily, thereby making the program more economical for the student. Internet access can be expected at the homestay residences, and at plentiful internet cafes.
Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.
Faculty and Contacts
For information contact:
Nancy Di Bella
Education Abroad Office, CGS 101
University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4314 Fax: (813) 974-4613