LVC student group at waterfall in Costa Rica

The summer study program in Costa Rica allows students from any major to complete six credits in a beginning, intermediate, or advanced proficiency Spanish course (SPA 102; 201/202; 300), while exploring three different cities.

SPA 102; 201/202; 300: Summer Study in Costa Rica

About the Program: 

This four-week summer program is offered to students in any major who have an interest in broadening their Spanish language and Hispanic cultural knowledge. You can earn six credits with this beginning, intermediate, or advanced proficiency Spanish language course that will apply toward a major or minor in Spanish. Students will also fulfill the Intercultural Competence with a Focus on Language and Cultural Immersion, and Immersive Experience Constellation requirements. The four-credit Spanish language classes will be led by Costa Rican professors, while an LVC Spanish professor will teach a two-credit companion culture course. Students live with different Costa Rican host families over the four-week program duration in three different cities: Flamingo, Monteverde, and San Joaquin de Flores.


  • Students from any major who are in good social and academic standing (2.5 GPA) may apply.
  • There are no course prerequisites. Spanish language course levels will be determined by a Spanish language placement test.
  • The course combines a four-hour daily classroom instruction with cultural activities, field trips, and community engagement.
  • Students live with host families who will provide breakfast and dinner.
  • Scholarship funding is available for this program.

Program Details

Program cost for Summer 2024 is estimated at $4,100 and includes:

  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Housing with a Spanish-speaking homestay
  • Breakfast and dinner with a Spanish-speaking homestay
  • Lunch at the school
  • Books
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Foreign emergency medical insurance

Airfare/travel and personal expenses are not included in the program cost.

Study abroad grant funding is available based on eligibility. In addition, this program may be eligible for limited financial aid. Please read the 2023–24 Summer Financial Aid Application instructions on the Financial Aid website for additional information and submit an application to the Financial Aid Office.

July 16–August 12, 2024

Application Deadline: February 1

  • Applications must be accompanied by a deposit payment of $200 (non-refundable after February 1).
  • Remaining balance is due March 15

Students will earn a total of six credits and fulfill one Immersive Experience (IME) requirement through a mandatory Spanish language course taught by a host instructor, and an afternoon cultural course taught an LVC faculty director.


  • Students must have completed up to SPA 102 at LVC to be considered for acceptance into the program.
  • Students from any major who are in good social and academic standing (2.5 GPA) may apply.

Planned excursions include:

  • Arenal Volcano: hot water springs and lava flows
  • Latin dance classes
  • Flamingo beach area