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  • Locations: San José, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Stephen Irwin, Majors Eligible: ALL MAJORS
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: G-Graduate, JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates)
Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:
Summer Program in San Jose, Costa Rica


Auburn University is offering an intensive academic language program in San José, Costa Rica for undergraduate and graduate students as well as teachers of Spanish.

The specific objective of the program is to provide students and teachers of Spanish with a most conducive environment for the intensive study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture as expressed in Costa Rica. In order to increase linguistic competence, enhance understanding of the cultural dimensions of language, and encourage interaction with local culture, the participant will be placed in a total immersion program according to his/her previous study of Spanish. Since the primary objective of the program is full cultural and linguistic immersion, each participant will be expected to communicate in Spanish at all times.

Upon arrival in San José, students will meet their Costa Rican host families and tour the university campus and surrounding areas. A placement test and orientation will confirm the students' course selection.  The four week program will include 90 contact hours of classroom instruction at the UCR, room and board, and logistics to cultural activities, and excursions.  All courses are taught at the Universidad de Costa Rica by native-speaking instructors with classes meeting Monday through Friday for 5 hours a day.

Moderate walking between host family and campus  Excursions require moderate amount of walking.


  • Space is limited and students must file formal applications as soon as they know for sure they are participating.
  • Complete the Auburn Abroad Application online and wait for confirmation from the Program Director.  
  • Non-Auburn University students must also be accepted as transient students by AU ($50 additional fee).


Summer 2020:

  • 15 March 2020: Application Deadline. Late applications will be considered on a space availability basis only.
  • 1 June 2020: You must have your passport in your hands.
  • 23 June 2020: Start date on location
  • 24 July 2020: Program end date

Payment and Withdrawal Dates:

  • April 10: First half of Program Fee due to Bursar.
  • After April 13: Withdrawal with $1000 penalty.
  • May 8: Second half of Program Fee due to Bursar.
  • After May 11: Withdrawal with 50% refund.
  • May 15: No Refund after this date.


A placement test and orientation will confirm the students’ course selection. Please contact the faculty director listed at the top of the page for course information.


For approximate program costs, download a copy of the LA.FLL.CostaRica.Budget.2020

*NOTE: Auburn University reserves the right to modify the program cost and/or content as necessitated by changes in the economic situation.

Refund Policy: 
Upon admission to this program, students will be responsible for payment of these fees. Please see the important dates section for withdrawal and cancellation deadlines. Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Students will have the benefit of an authentic full immersion experience through a home stay with an approved Costa Rican family. This ensures that language learning and cultural exposure extend beyond the classroom. Each participant is guaranteed a single occupancy room with a family who meets the program’s high standard of fitness. All houses are within close proximity to campus either by Uber, bus, or on foot. Board includes 2 meals a day: a hearty breakfast and a family-style dinner.


San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, brims with natural wonders and cultural gems. It is a land rift with contrast –beaches and rainforests backed up against jagged mountains and fuming volcanoes, political stability and pacificism in the midst Central America, economic stability contrasted with the poverty of its neighbors, and finally, a relatively homogenous population surrounded by pluri-ethnic countries. Mystical rainforests and idyllic beaches are only a short jaunt away from the bustling capital city of San José. With its year-round springtime climate and tourist-friendly locals, Central America’s “rich coast” ranks tops among the world’s “Happiest Nations”.

San José serves as the cultural and intellectual hub; while enrolled at Universidad de Costa Rica --the nation’s premier higher learning institute--, students enjoy a central location that allows easy weekend and day trips to pristine natural landscapes home to enchantingly diverse flora and fauna. It takes no time at all before the participant feels a part of the “Tican” culture and embraces the country’s “Pura Vida” motto. Study abroad in Costa Rica teaches participants to live life fully in harmony with the natural and urban environment.



Weekly cultural tours enrich the language instruction; guided visits included in the program introduce participants to the Museums of Gold and Jade, the National Theater and Museum, the Britt coffee plantation, Poás Volcano, La Paz waterfalls, Tortuga Island, and the Virgen de los Ángeles cathedral. Two long weekends are provided with optional excursions (not included in the program cost) to Manuel Antonio Beach and Arenal volcano-Monteverde rain forest.



You must have your passport by June 1.

If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S Citizens do not need a visa for this program location
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


  • Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page
  • Visit the Program Website

This program is currently not accepting applications.