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Costa Rica

Dates

May 24 – June 21, 2023

Cost

$3,550 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Education, Children & Family Studies, Latin American Studies, Intermediate – Advanced Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 5: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview


Costa Rica offers students a challenging academic experience with travel through breathtaking scenery, immense biodiversity, culturally immersive homestays, and a variety of unique excursions. The program begins at Arenal Volcano and ends in the capital of San José. In between, students live with local families in the small towns of La Paz de San Ramón and Sámara along the country’s Pacific coast.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None for EDU courses. For SPAN 300-level courses, must have at least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of departure For SPAN 455, must have at least 18 credit hours  or equivalent.

Accommodations: Homestay, 2 people per house. A few nights in hotels or cabins, 2-4 per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

Courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

EDU 400-1 Topics: Nature Education & Young Children

Dr. Neil Mecham

Young children’s curiosity and nature’s diversity creates opportunities to learn about health, ecosystems, biology, food systems, astronomy, sustainability, economics, as well as develop cooperation, appreciation, sensitivity, creativity and wonder. Emphasis will be placed on methods to engage children in exploration and inquiry. 

EDU 400-2 Topics: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Family

Dr. Neil Mecham

This course focuses on the similarities and differences of family structures, and interactions in different cultures from around the world. The impact of economies, governments, and religions on and the family will be discussed. Kinship systems and patterns of marital residence; differences in childrearing patterns; and variations in gender roles and power distribution will also be explored.

SPAN 370 Spanish Conversation

Dr. Elena Picech

Intensive practice in speaking and writing in Spanish based on specific readings and assignments, and the student’s interaction with native speakers in the international setting. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 345 Topics: Exploring Costa Rica’s Uniqueness

Dr. Elena Picech

In this course, students will become acquainted with the Costa Rican cultural landscape, its people and its geopolitics.  Selected readings about Costa Rica and the surrounding Central American and Caribbean region, in conjunctions with excursions to a number of specific cultural sites, will provide the backbone for class discussions. All class lectures, discussions, assignments, and exams will be in Spanish.

SPAN 455 Topics: Costa Rican Culture and Identity

Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria

This course examines contemporary Costa Rica, its culture, its people, their way of life and the transformations that have taken place over time. Students will learn about the diverse regions of the country and thus its geography and people vis a vis short stories, poetry, songs and a novel. Taught in Spanish and requires advanced proficiency in Spanish.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Samara

Nestled in the beautiful center of Playa Sámara, students will engage in community service with CREAR’s innovative programs focused on creative and artistic expression, English/Spanish language development, education, socio-cultural responsibility and women’s empowerment.  

Zarcero

Travel to the picturesque views of coffee plantations in Zarcero. Taste coffee and learn about the history of the Iglesia de San Rafael and the famous topiary garden designed by Don Evangelista Blanco in 1964 in the park Francisco Alvarado.  

Sarchi

A key artisan town in Costa Rica, Sarchí is best known for their colorful and famous oxcarts that are handcrafted there and found everywhere in Costa Rica. Learn more about artisanship and design while visiting.  

Waterfall Hike

A local guide leads us on a hike through his private land to a beautiful cascade tumbling out of the cloud forest into a crystal-clear pool several hundred feet below. The hike is long and strenuous, but bring your swimsuit!

Trapiche

Trapiches, or sugarcane processing plants, dot the Costa Rican countryside and are deeply integrated into the national and local economies. Learn about Costa Rican history as you see each step of the process—and taste the sweet results!

Arenal Volcano Tour

We lodge at a comfortable resort and hike to one of the country’s most active volcanoes, nestled within its own national park. Optional visit to one of the many local hot springs.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,550 + airfare

Earn up to 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Costa Rica

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), personal expenses (approx. $150-400 depending on your spending habits), and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $900- $1,000

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (any exceptions must be pre-approved by the program director). KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

Flights to and from Costa Rica are typically the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

Student Voices

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Description

Dates

May 24 – June 21, 2023

Cost

$3,550 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Education, Children & Family Studies, Latin American Studies, Intermediate – Advanced Spanish

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 5: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview


Costa Rica offers students a challenging academic experience with travel through breathtaking scenery, immense biodiversity, culturally immersive homestays, and a variety of unique excursions. The program begins at Arenal Volcano and ends in the capital of San José. In between, students live with local families in the small towns of La Paz de San Ramón and Sámara along the country’s Pacific coast.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None for EDU courses. For SPAN 300-level courses, must have at least 12 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of departure For SPAN 455, must have at least 18 credit hours  or equivalent.

Accommodations: Homestay, 2 people per house. A few nights in hotels or cabins, 2-4 per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

Courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

EDU 400-1 Topics: Nature Education & Young Children

Dr. Neil Mecham

Young children’s curiosity and nature’s diversity creates opportunities to learn about health, ecosystems, biology, food systems, astronomy, sustainability, economics, as well as develop cooperation, appreciation, sensitivity, creativity and wonder. Emphasis will be placed on methods to engage children in exploration and inquiry. 

EDU 400-2 Topics: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Family

Dr. Neil Mecham

This course focuses on the similarities and differences of family structures, and interactions in different cultures from around the world. The impact of economies, governments, and religions on and the family will be discussed. Kinship systems and patterns of marital residence; differences in childrearing patterns; and variations in gender roles and power distribution will also be explored.

SPAN 370 Spanish Conversation

Dr. Elena Picech

Intensive practice in speaking and writing in Spanish based on specific readings and assignments, and the student’s interaction with native speakers in the international setting. Taught in Spanish.

SPAN 345 Topics: Exploring Costa Rica’s Uniqueness

Dr. Elena Picech

In this course, students will become acquainted with the Costa Rican cultural landscape, its people and its geopolitics.  Selected readings about Costa Rica and the surrounding Central American and Caribbean region, in conjunctions with excursions to a number of specific cultural sites, will provide the backbone for class discussions. All class lectures, discussions, assignments, and exams will be in Spanish.

SPAN 455 Topics: Costa Rican Culture and Identity

Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria

This course examines contemporary Costa Rica, its culture, its people, their way of life and the transformations that have taken place over time. Students will learn about the diverse regions of the country and thus its geography and people vis a vis short stories, poetry, songs and a novel. Taught in Spanish and requires advanced proficiency in Spanish.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Samara

Nestled in the beautiful center of Playa Sámara, students will engage in community service with CREAR’s innovative programs focused on creative and artistic expression, English/Spanish language development, education, socio-cultural responsibility and women’s empowerment.  

Zarcero

Travel to the picturesque views of coffee plantations in Zarcero. Taste coffee and learn about the history of the Iglesia de San Rafael and the famous topiary garden designed by Don Evangelista Blanco in 1964 in the park Francisco Alvarado.  

Sarchi

A key artisan town in Costa Rica, Sarchí is best known for their colorful and famous oxcarts that are handcrafted there and found everywhere in Costa Rica. Learn more about artisanship and design while visiting.  

Waterfall Hike

A local guide leads us on a hike through his private land to a beautiful cascade tumbling out of the cloud forest into a crystal-clear pool several hundred feet below. The hike is long and strenuous, but bring your swimsuit!

Trapiche

Trapiches, or sugarcane processing plants, dot the Costa Rican countryside and are deeply integrated into the national and local economies. Learn about Costa Rican history as you see each step of the process—and taste the sweet results!

Arenal Volcano Tour

We lodge at a comfortable resort and hike to one of the country’s most active volcanoes, nestled within its own national park. Optional visit to one of the many local hot springs.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,550 + airfare

Earn up to 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Costa Rica

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), personal expenses (approx. $150-400 depending on your spending habits), and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Required Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $900- $1,000

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (any exceptions must be pre-approved by the program director). KIIS will purchase a roundtrip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

Flights to and from Costa Rica are typically the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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