Office of International Studies

Study Abroad Programs

Costa RicaCosta Rica: Intercultura (Heredia & Samara Beach)


Intercultura is a language and cultural center devoted to achieving linguistic proficiency in the context of cultural immersion and intercultural education. They seek to cultivate global awareness and cooperation through the sharing of cultures and languages. They believe that participation in the program teaches not only a new language, but also effective tools for communication and understanding in the constantly evolving world culture in which we live. Their motto is: “Learn the language, live the culture.

The primary goal of Intercultura is to teach one the Spanish language in a warm yet intellectually challenging environment. Classes at the city and beach campuses are conducted entirely in Spanish, providing students from all over the world with a complete and intensive learning experience. The professors have advanced university degrees and teaching certifications, and are accredited through the U.S. university system. In addition, students have the opportunity to come to know Costa Rica by participating in daily cultural and extracurricular activities. Intercultura also, emphasizes the importance of interacting with the community at large, whether through the Spanish program’s outreach activities or shared events with local students in the ESL program.


Academic Year

Classes start every Monday, except for Easter week and Christmas, or if a Holiday falls on Monday.


Classes consist of groups ranging from 1-6 students, & for most of the year the average group size is 3-4. During high season (January-February & June-August), 5-6 students per class is more common. Classes are 20 hours per week, Monday-Friday (Unless a holiday).  Courses include: Spanish, Business Spanish, Survey of Latin American Lit, & Survey of Spanish Lit.

Costs & Housing

Students pay tuition set by Intercultura. Homestay options are available. Price based on length of program.

See website for current information.


Travel is allowed to Costa Rica with a valid and in good condition passport.  Passport must be valid for at least 90 days after arrival. A return trip ticket must be purchased before entering Costa Rica or entry may be denied. 

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required to purchase ahead of time.  Additional travel insurance is highly recommended.

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