Study Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica
Learn Spanish in Costa Rica, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Discover a country of friendly people, breathtaking scenery, and pura vida!
The mountainous landscape is dotted with volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and rushing rivers. Costa Rica is situated between two coastlines, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, giving it miles of stunning seashore that supports an amazing array of sea life. It is considered one of the best places in the world to study Spanish due to the clear and enjoyable accent of its inhabitants.
Participants live in the cool highlands of Costa Rica in the beautiful city of Heredia, known as the "City of Flowers". Heredia is located only 20 minutes from the capital city of San José, yet retains the atmosphere of a smaller Costa Rican town. Heredia provides a wonderful mix of old and new and is the perfect place to study Spanish and explore Costa Rica.
Latin University of Costa Rica
The Latin University of Costa Rica (Unversidad Latina de Costa Rica) is a private, fully accredited university founded in 1986. It has a full range of degrees for students that come from all over the world. The university is located on a spacious campus set amongst pine trees and abundant green space for studying outside and intramural sports. First-rate academics combined with a beautiful locale make the ULatina a world-class location for study abroad.
Students enroll in one course per 3-week session, each being worth three credits. Courses can either be language or area studies, but all courses are taught in Spanish. Elective classes and classes with locals can vary in size from 8 to 35 students, while language classes have just 8-12 students. View the course listings and syllabi
Meals & Accommodation
There is no better way to improve Spanish and learn about the culture than by living with our carefully selected local host families. The homestay experience is highly recommended as it is the best choice for a true immersion experience, along with the added benefit of laundry and three meals per day with the family.
The following is a list of possible excursions included in the program. The excursions for your program will be confirmed in the Program Calendar you receive one month prior to your program start date.
- Rain Forest, Hot Springs & La Fortuna Waterfall (Arenal Volcano region)
Experience the natural beauty of an active volcano and soak in the exotic hot springs. Hike to one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful waterfalls, La Fortuna, which drops from a forested cliff hundreds of feet above you into a beautiful natural pool perfect for swimming.
- Pacific Beach Trip (Manuel Antonio National Park)
Manuel Antonio National Park is an escape to paradise. It is characterized by lush forests, tropical beaches, and abundant wildlife.
- Rainforest Zipline Canopy Tour
Experience the thrill of a zipline tour through the canopy of the Costa Rican cloud forest! A highlight of the tour is soaring high about the Rio Cataratitas.
- White-Water Rafting
Experience the rush of white-water rafting through Costa Rica's tropical landscapes.
- San José City Tour
Tour the historical capital city of Costa Rica.
- Nicaragua (optional - offered during Summer IV)
Get off the beaten path, and travel to one of Costa Rica's beautiful neighbors and experience the life and culture of another Central American country.
We organize cultural activities for the weekday afternoons. These activities are designed to accentuate the unique character of Costa Rica and Heredia.
- Coffee Tour
- Traditional Cooking Classes
- Salsa & Merengue Dance Classes
- Soccer Matches
- Movie Night
- City Tours
- Wildlife Rescue Ranch
- Festivals & Market Day