Costa Rica - Summer

Study Abroad Costa Rica

Program Description:

Students will receive 7 semester hours of credit in Spanish language (all levels) and Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica. The Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica class consists of lectures and discussions accompanied by field trips and activities designed to engage students in active learning and discovery.

There will be additional optional excursions to La Fortuna Waterfall and Isla Tortuga which will be available at the student's expense. Also, an open weekend is scheduled for independent student travel.

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Program Credits:

This program offers 7 credit hours:

  • Spanish (4)
  • Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica (3)

Program Requirements:

The program is open to serious students, teachers and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture.

All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities. All students will be required to have:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • International Health Insurance Package (cost variable)
  • Physician's approval to travel
  • Personal Interview with the directors (to determine maturity and ability to adapt to a different environment)

Applicants will need to contact the program coordinator for more information regarding their participation and will only be admitted on a space-available basis.

No previous study in Spanish is required.

If a student has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. However, it may be difficult to travel in Costa Rica, as it is in many developing countries.

Pre-Trip Orientation:

Participation in a pre-trip orientation is mandatory. It will be hosted at College of DuPage's main campus in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Students should contact their local ICISP representative for further information on exact dates.

Program Fee:

The program fee is $3,049 (subject to change).
The fee will cover:

  • Admissions and excursions listed as included in the cost of the program
  • Application fee
  • Breakfast and dinner during home stay
  • Double occupancy home stay
  • Full-time administrative staff
  • Hotel accommodations on overnight excursions
  • Instructional costs
  • Round trip airfare from Chicago
  • Textbooks for the language classes at Forester
  • Transfers to and from the airport in San Jose

The program fee does not cover:

  • College of DuPage tuition for 7 credits or tuition at home institution
  • Passport fees (approx. $90)
  • Visa fees (only if not a U.S. citizen)
  • International student identification card (approx. $22)
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Telephone calls
  • Lunches and other meals as indicated on the calendar
  • Costa Rican departure tax (approx. $27)
  • Transportation to and from O'Hare airport
  • Transportation to and from Orientation
  • Tuition

Flight Details:

The group will be traveling together to and from Costa Rica through the Chicago O'Hare airport. The cost of this ticket is covered in the program fees. However, the individuals are responsible for the cost of traveling to and from the Chicago airport.


International Student ID card:
All participants will be required to obtain an International student identification card (approx. $22). Basic emergency medical insurance is provided and bearers are entitled to discounts. Students should contact College of DuPage at (630) 942-2356.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Costa Rica. Only participants who are not U.S. citizens may need one. Students need to notify their local ICISP representative if s/he is not a US citizien.

All participants in the program will have basic emergency medical insurance through the required International Student ID Card. However, in case of any major occurrence, this would not be sufficient. Therefore, all participants are required to have additional medical insurance, which is valid outside the United States. Participants must provide proof of such insurance.

Lodging and Meals:

Students will be housed in carefully selected Costa Rican homes in double occupancy rooms. The following will be provided during the homestay period:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Laundry service

This arrangement helps the student to continue practicing Spanish and share the everyday life of the "ticos." Families are chosen for their friendliness and helpfulness. Most homes are not within walking distance from the school. However, the local bus is an easily accessible form of transportation. Lunch is not provided, but there are many excellent eating places in Los Yoses, close to Forester Instituto Internacional.