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WISE Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Housing Option:
Home stay Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Group
Language of Instruction:
Earned Hours Required: 12 S.H. Language Courses Offered: Spanish
Program Advisor: Kim McDaniel Areas of Study: Spanish
Courses Offered: Spanish FL/GI Requirement: Yes
Number of Semester Hours: 6 Term: Summer
Graduate credit available: No
Program Description:
Please note cost and leader update (see below)  effective 4/11/14

The Western Illinois Spanish Experience-Costa Rica program (WISE Costa Rica) offers a four-week immersion in Spanish language and culture while also providing on-site guidance and mentoring by a Department of Foreign Languages faculty member.  Excursions and tours of historical and cultural sites provide a greater understanding of Costa Rican history and culture.  Lodging with host families improves your Spanish proficiency and gives you opportunities to make life-long connections.  Extracurricular activities such as Costa Rican cooking, Tropical Dance lessons, and yoga classes allow you to explore other facets of Costa Rican culture and interact with your fellow WIU and Veritas students.
This Study Abroad Program is conducted in cooperation with the Center for International Programs at Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica.  Founded in 1975, it enjoys an excellent reputation within the Latin American academic community and is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica as a degree granting university.  Its location in San José provides convenient access to the natural beauty of Costa Rica as well as the rich cultural heritage found in the capital city.  With an enrollment of over 1,500 students, it offers much more than Spanish instruction; it is a niche for you to develop your cultural abilities.

Credit offered:  SPAN 361 (taught by Foreign Languages faculty) and a Spanish language course (taught by Universidad Veritas instructors and equated to appropriate WIU course), 3 sh each, Summer 2014.  Credit for the Spanish language course will depend on courses previously taken and is determined by Foreign Languages.  Placement is based on pre-departure placement tests (online written exam and Skype oral interview) administered by Veritas staff. 

Please check with your academic adviser for more information about how these classes fit your specific academic plans.

Class sessions for both SPAN 361 and the Spanish language course will take place on-site in Costa Rica.  You are also required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Study Abroad office on April 26th fro 8:00 am to 12 pm. 

Class participation, including attendance, is expected in all phases of the Program.  You must attend and participate in your Spanish course, interact appropriately with your host family, other group members, and other students at Veritas, and participate in all scheduled activities.  Attendance, active participation, and other assignments are required for the SPAN 361 course.  Questions about the course content or requirements for SPAN 361 should be directed to Dr. Dan Brown. 

Undergraduates Graduates
Completed at least 12 semester hours Accepted to graduate degree program
Minimum 2.5 overall GPA Approval of graduate adviser and department chair/program director
Good standing with Student Judicial Programs Good standing with Student Judicial Programs

Course specific requirements:  Clearance from the Department of Foreign Languages required.  Preference will be given to Spanish majors/minors. 

All majors are welcome!  Total enrollment is limited to 20 students. 

Due to the inclusion of some meals in this program, students with special dietary needs should contact Kim McDaniel about their specific situation.  Accommodations can be arranged with advance notice.

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different from the United States.  Many buildings are inaccessible and wheelchair lifts on public transportation do not always work.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center.

IMPORTANT DATES: Please note new final payment amount
Application deadline:  January 31, 2014
Non-refundable deposit:  $1,000 due February 28, 2014.  All students must submit a Study Abroad Medical Report showing medical clearance to participate, pay the $45 application fee, and upload proof of passport prior to deposit.
Second payment:  $1,000 due March 31, 2014
Final payment:  $2,040 due May 1, 2014
Travel dates:  June 1 - 28, 2014

ESTIMATED COST:  $4,040 based on 8 participants (updated 4/11/14)
This is an estimate and is subject to change.
A Travel Grant is available for this Program.  For more information and to apply, please see our Travel Grant page.

Lodging is in homestays, usually 2 students per host family, gender separated.  Host families are selected and hired by Veritas.  Placements are based on a pre-departure questionnaire.  Homestay assignments are at the discretion of Veritas administration.

Academic Information Study Abroad
Foreign Languages Dr. Guada Cabedo-Timmons Kim McDaniel
332 Morgan Hall 332F Morgan Hall 344 Memorial Hall
298-1558 298-1615 298-2504

Information sheet

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This program is currently not accepting applications.