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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

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).

Download the brochure and see for yourself!

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
Dr. Gabriela Ziegler
(517) 367-8242
Office of Global Programs
Dr. Stephen Snyder, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
(616) 871.6176
Estimated program cost: $4,098 - $4,418**
(Includes Tuition for HUMN 381 and HUMN 382)
** Pricing may change due to circumstances beyond university control.

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 2017:


Application for Program - late January

Non-refundable $25 application fee 

Payment deadlines

50% of Total Program Fee - Early February

Final Balance of Total Program Fee - Early April