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Costa Rica

Dates

May 28 – June 24, 2020

Cost

$3,725 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Intermediate Spanish, Latin American Studies, Philosophy

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: 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 San Marcos de Tarrazú and visit Corcovado National Park along the country’s Pacific coast. Note: Several excursions are physically strenuous and require hiking in heat and humidity.

Language Requirement: None for SPAN 200 and PHIL 401. For SPAN 211, must have at least 6 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of departure.

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

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Willie Costley, willie.costley@centre.edu

 

Courses

SPAN 200 and PHIL 401 courses are taught in English. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

SPAN 200 Latin American Society: Past and Present

Dr. Eva Cadavid

This course will provide students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the cultures and societies of Latin America including exposure to Latinx in the U.S. Students will gain an understanding of the major processes that have shaped Latin America in the past and continue to affect the region today.

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish Culture Abroad

Dr. Willie Costley

Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of Spanish-speaking countries and their people and cultures, for a student with one year of college Spanish or equivalent. Taught in Spanish.

PHIL 401 Topics: Latin American Thought and Philosophy

Dr. Eva Cadavid

This course will introduce students to three central concepts in Latin American thought and philosophy: Identity formation, environmental sustainability, and social empowerment. We will explore these concepts in theory as well as in practice through our readings and through our time in Costa Rica.

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

San Marcos Downtown Tour

This charming, mile-high small town in the central highlands has a compact downtown and an inviting park as its heart. Window shop, sample local cuisine, or play soccer with students from the local college.

Corcovado National Park

Hike through Corcovado National Park, where you might see monkeys, a lapa roja, and many other exotic animals—you may even spot a dolphin while snorkeling! All meals come with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

Monte Copey Coffee Plantation

Costa Rica’s coffee is world-renowned. We’ll tour a large industrial processing facility and a family coffee plantation that has received national awards. Bring some colones if you want to take any home!

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: $3,725 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Costa Rica

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), personal expenses (approx. $500 minimum) 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: $1,000- $1,100

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (any exceptions must be 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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Description

Dates

May 28 – June 24, 2020

Cost

$3,725 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Intermediate Spanish, Latin American Studies, Philosophy

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: 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 San Marcos de Tarrazú and visit Corcovado National Park along the country’s Pacific coast. Note: Several excursions are physically strenuous and require hiking in heat and humidity.

Language Requirement: None for SPAN 200 and PHIL 401. For SPAN 211, must have at least 6 credit hours of college-level Spanish or equivalent at time of departure.

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

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Willie Costley, willie.costley@centre.edu

 

Courses

SPAN 200 and PHIL 401 courses are taught in English. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

SPAN 200 Latin American Society: Past and Present

Dr. Eva Cadavid

This course will provide students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the cultures and societies of Latin America including exposure to Latinx in the U.S. Students will gain an understanding of the major processes that have shaped Latin America in the past and continue to affect the region today.

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish Culture Abroad

Dr. Willie Costley

Course designed to develop an appreciation for different aspects of Spanish-speaking countries and their people and cultures, for a student with one year of college Spanish or equivalent. Taught in Spanish.

PHIL 401 Topics: Latin American Thought and Philosophy

Dr. Eva Cadavid

This course will introduce students to three central concepts in Latin American thought and philosophy: Identity formation, environmental sustainability, and social empowerment. We will explore these concepts in theory as well as in practice through our readings and through our time in Costa Rica.

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

San Marcos Downtown Tour

This charming, mile-high small town in the central highlands has a compact downtown and an inviting park as its heart. Window shop, sample local cuisine, or play soccer with students from the local college.

Corcovado National Park

Hike through Corcovado National Park, where you might see monkeys, a lapa roja, and many other exotic animals—you may even spot a dolphin while snorkeling! All meals come with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

Monte Copey Coffee Plantation

Costa Rica’s coffee is world-renowned. We’ll tour a large industrial processing facility and a family coffee plantation that has received national awards. Bring some colones if you want to take any home!

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: $3,725 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Required)

Airport Transfers in Costa Rica

Accommodations

Three Meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), personal expenses (approx. $500 minimum) 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: $1,000- $1,100

The group flight is required for KIIS Costa Rica participants (any exceptions must be 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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