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  • Locations: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
College/School: College of Education Department/School: Curriculum & Teaching
Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program AU Faculty Director(s): Sue Barry,
Majors: English as a Second Language (ESL) Majors, Foreign Language Education Majors Student Level: G-Graduate, SR-Senior
GPA: 2.25 (Undergraduates), 3.0 (Graduates) Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Maximum Number of Participants: 4 Housing: Homestay
Program Description:


Foreign Language Curriculum Program in Costa Rica



This two-week program at the Universidad Nacional located in Heredia, Costa Rica in  is open to four teachers preparing for graduate degrees in teaching of Spanish.
Program participants will:
(1) observe and reflect on methodologies for teaching modern languages at different levels in a variety of school settings. 

(2) observe daily life in the target culture though a homestay with a local family in Heredia, Costa Rica.
(3) become familiar with the cities of Heredia and its surrounding areas.
(4) investigate a specific topic to be determined on a yearly basis.

Students will observe language instruction in a variety of school settings from elementary through high school.

Option (1) They will keep a journal of the products , and practices they would like to understand better and reflect on the possible perspectives that might be underlying use of products and the behaviors in specific practices they observe. They will also create one vacabulary lesson and one reading/writing lesson addressing topics specific to Costa Rica. 

UNA 3Option (2) A research project with professor approval. 

Physical Requirements: There is extensive walking on some days, and it may be up and down hills or steep inclines. At the Universidad Nacional, there will be stairs to climb. 

Applicants must have an undergraduate major in Spanish or be currently working on an undergraduate major. 
Costa Rica Country

Summer 2018: 

  • 30 March 2018: Application Deadline
  • 15 July 2018: Arrive in Costa Rica
  • 29 July 2018: End Date - students return to the USA
  • 6 August 2018: Courses/Exams end

The course is a Practicum graduate credit. Therefore, only graduate students and undergrad seniors with a 3.0 can be accepted. Undergraduates may choose to save the credit for a future master's degree or use the credit for undergraduate credit. Seniors with less than a 3.0 may take the course for undergraduate credit. 


Students are responsible for their airfare to and from Costa Rica along with personal expenses. Meals, housing, and in country transportation are supplied by the host families and Universidad Nacional. 


Students will stay with Costa Rican families in Heredia. Each student will have a single room with a bathroom. Laundry facilities are provided in the host families. Breakfast and dinner is provided by the host family. Typically three meals a day are provided to the students during the program. Housing is usually within walking distance to the Universidad Nacional. 


Heredia, Costa Rica

Heredia is located 10 km (6.2 miles) from Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. Heredia is home to Universidad Nacional which is one of the largest colleges in Costa Rica. The population of the college town is 50,000 inhabitants. The city is affectionately referred to as "The City of Flowers". This area is nestled in the foothills of the dormant Barva Volcano and is rich in vegetation and coffee plantations. 


All excursions are planned by the director at UNA. 

Heredia Costa Rica



If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Application for a United States passport should be made at least 120 days in advance of your departure date. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as you know you are participating in the program. 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.

VISA NOTICE: Visa regulations are being reviewed and updated constantly. Please check with the Faculty Director or Program Provider regarding Visa requirements. 


Please contact Dr. Barry, or visit

This program is currently not accepting applications.