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Costa Rica


3 Weeks in a Beautiful and Progressive Central American Paradise!

"Costa Rica is a place of unforgettable beauty. The people you meet along with the lessons learned will help anyone pursue what they want in their future."

Kendra Stieg
Costa Rica Study Abroad Program, 2009

May 26 - June 18, 2018

Costa Rica is located in Central America. It is an ecologically-varied country surrounded by beautiful beaches, national parks and active volcanoes.

Why Costa Rica?

  • Costa Rica is a welcoming environment, with a culture that encourages tolerance and diversity.
  • Enroll in specialized Spanish language immersion courses with certified instructors and experience the local culture by living with host families.
  • Study in both San Jose (the capital city) and on the Pacific Coast near white sand beaches and the rainforest (Manuel Antonio).

Brochure Study Abroad Application

Program Itinerary Includes:

  • Spanish language classes (8:00 am -12:00 pm)
  • Service Learning
  • Arenal Volcano Tour
  • Manuel Antonio Park Tour
  • Homestays

Courses of Study:

  • SPAN101 - Spanish Instruction(required)
  • SABR 381R - The Study Abroad Experience(recommended)
  • ENGL311 - Professional Writing
  • Service Learning (one afternoon per week)

Your Professors

Dr. Gabriela Ziegler, teaches Spanish at Davenport University and is the Department Chair for the College of Technology.  

Suzanne Gut, teaches ENGL, ESL and COMM courses at Grand Rapids; serves as Collegiate DECA advisor/ Board Liaison.

Want More Information?

Program Director
Gabriela Ziegler, DM-IST
(517) 367-8242
Suzanne Gut
(616) 554-4752
Office of Global Programs
Gerald Nyambane, Ph.D.

Estimated program cost: $4,098 - $4,418**
(Includes Tuition for HUMN 381 and HUMN 382)

** Pricing may change due to circumstances beyond university control.

Paying for Study Abroad


Program cost includes:

  • Host family accommodations (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Hotel
  • Arenal Volcano Tour
  • Manuel Antonio Park Tour
  • Tuition for HUMN 381 & HUMN 382
  • Health insurance
  • Airfare
  • Optional Dance Instruction
  • Service Learning

Other associated expenses:

  • Passport
  • Immunizations
  • Lunches
  • Costa Rican exit tax ($26)
  • Personal expenses (shopping and entertainment)

Important Dates for 2018:


Application for Program - Extended to March 31, 2018

Payment deadlines

Non refundable deposit $500 - March 31, 2018

Final Balance of Total Program Fee - May 1, 2018



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