Costa Rica is one of the world’s ecological hot-spots. Costa Rica has 4% of the planet’s biodiversity and about 23% of the territory is protected forest and reserves. It was the first country in the world to abolish its army, focusing its resources on the development of education and health. It is located in Central America, surrounded by Nicaragua on the North, Panama on the south, with the Pacific Ocean west and the Caribbean Sea east.
Costa Rica is a place full of adventures, rainforests, national parks, biological reserves, rafting rivers, colorful sandy beaches, open-air markets, shops, a wide variety of restaurants, coffee houses, art and music festivals, and museums.
The University and Program
Universidad de Iberoamérica (UNIBE) is one of Costa Rica’s leading universities. The main Campus is located in the northern area of San José, and it is in the midst of an urban community. During the summer, UNIBE offers an intensive Spanish language program designed for students learning Spanish as a second language. Courses are offered at the beginner, intermediate or advance level. All students will take 3-credits of Spanish language and 3-credits of Costa Rican Culture and History. Apart from in-classroom course attendance and work, students will also attend off campus educational excursions and activities related to the courses that will enrich their experiences. The activities will include places of historical, cultural, and environmental importance to Costa Rica.
Students will take two courses, Spanish language and Costa Rica’s Culture and History. Both courses will be taught in Spanish. During orientation at UNIBE, students will take a placement examination to determine individual language level: beginner, intermediate, or advanced. For course descriptions, please click the following links:
Housing & Meals
Students will reside with UNIBE’s host families. Families have hosted international students previously and have been thoroughly selected by the International Education Department at UNIBE. Students will have breakfast and dinner at the host family home and lunch at UNIBE.
Costs (budget sheet)
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Students make their own flight arrangements to Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), located in Alajuela within the Central Valley region north of San José, Costa Rica. All students are to arrive to Costa Rica on the day provided by SUNY Oswego’s Office of International Education and Programs. Students will be transported from the airport to their host family homes by a staff member from UNIBE.
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance (https://www.geobluestudents.com) as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact the program specialist, Lizette Alvarado, for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.