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Semester in Costa Rica

Latin University of Costa Rica, Heredia Campus

About the Program

Through our partner, Sol Education Abroad, you will study at the Latin University of Costa Rica, Heredia campus. Originally founded in 1986 as the Universidad Interamericana, the Latin University of Costa Rica is among the most renowned private universities in Costa Rica. As a member of the Laureate International network of higher education, it draws students from throughout Costa Rica and the world. The university is located on a spacious, modern campus landscaped with tropical plants, ficus, and pine trees. Students enjoy abundant green space for studying outside and playing intramural sports. First-rate academics combined with a beautiful locale make the Latin University of Costa Rica Heredia campus a world-class location to study abroad.

Class Information: Class size depends on the program you choose. Spanish language classes and electives, such as Latin American Civilization and Culture and Latin American Literature, are usually with 3 to 10 fellow study abroad students. Language and elective classes are typically held in the morning or afternoon Monday through Friday. Advanced-level Spanish students are encouraged to take classes with locals. Classes with locals range in size from 15 to 30 students.

Facilities: The state-of-the-art campus offers open-air and outdoor common areas, a full-size soccer field, a small outdoor basketball court, a cafeteria serving typical Costa Rican meals and pizza, and two open-air cafes for snacks or coffee between classes. There is an on-site copy center, library, indoor group and silent study areas, an internet lab, on-site nurse, and campus-wide wifi. Student groups include a soccer team, theater group, and band.

Teaching Style: You may find that teaching styles abroad are different from what you are used to. Sol Education Abroad directors are always available to help arrange tutoring and any other assistance concerning the academic component of the program. With prior written notice, academic accommodations can be arranged for students with learning disabilities.

Transcript: Your transcript is issued by the Latin University of Costa Rica.

Quick Facts

  • The Latin University of Costa Rica (Universidad Latina de Costa Rica), or ULatina, is a fully accredited university by the government of Costa Rica and is internationally recognized.
  • The Heredia campus enrolls about 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 35 different degree programs
  • The university offers undergraduate programs in Business Administration, Public Relations, Advertising, History, Journalism, Psychology, Engineering, Interior Design, Hospitality Management and Architecture.
  • Students may enroll in Spanish courses from Beginning I to Advanced II. Intermediate to advanced students may also enroll in courses such as phonetics, Costa Rican culture and history, film, advanced grammar, and Latin American literature
  • Courses taught in English include Hospitality Management courses.
  • Advanced Spanish speakers may enroll in university courses with locals in advertising, business administration, history, journalism, psychology, and public relations.
Dates/SemesterFall 2019Spring 2020
Arrival Date September 7, 2019January 11, 2020
Classes BeginSeptember 9, 2019January 13, 2020
Classes EndDecember 13, 2019April 17, 2020
Final ExamsDecember 12, 2019April 16, 2020
Departure Date December 14, 2019April 18, 2020
Deadline to ApplyApril 1, 2019September 15, 2019

Credits/Classes

All students take 12 to 15 US credits per semester.

Spanish languages courses are offered at six levels, from Beginning I to Advanced II. Beginning language learners will likely only study Spanish language, but there are a few courses in English. Intermediate speakers have more options for elective courses, and advanced Spanish speakers may complete an internship and/or take courses in English or in Spanish with local students.

Elective courses in English include the following:

  • Marketing in Hospitality Industry
  • Human Resources in Hospitality Industry
  • Food & Beverages Management
  • Rooms Revenue Management
  • Events Management
  • Housekeeping Operations Management
  • Reception & Reservation Operation
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Bars & Restaurants Administration II

Courses for Intermediate Spanish speakers include the following:

  • Latin American Civilization & Culture
  • Latin American Literature
  • Phonetics & Phonology
  • Business Spanish
  • Latin American Film
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Latin American History & Culture
  • Conversation & Culture
  • Written & Oral Communication
  • Conversation & Composition

For advanced students who have completed Advanced Spanish I prior to the program, courses are taught with local students. These include:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Culture & History
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations

Advanced Spanish speakers may also participate in an internship in the areas of Business, Education, Social Sciences, Engineering, Hotel Management and Social Work.

See a full list of courses for semester programs.

Accommodations

Housing

All students live in homestays with local families. The housing fee includes three meals per day and laundry once a week. Wifi is included.

Fees

Fall Semester 2019

Charged to OKCU Student Account:

  • OKCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Sol Education:

  • Homestay: $2,213
  • Meal Plan: included in homestay
  • Activity Fee: $983
  • Airport pick-up is included for free

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Medical Insurance: OKCU's travel policy may be sufficient. Students should research options based on personal needs.
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Local Transportation
  • Any additional meals outside of your homestay
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Spring Semester 2020

Charged to OKCU Student Account:

  • OKCU tuition and fees.

Invoiced to student by Sol Education:

  • Homestay: $3,115
  • Meal Plan: included in homestay
  • Activity Fee: $984
  • Airport pick-up is included for free

Additional costs that students pay directly:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Medical Insurance: OKCU's travel policy may be sufficient. Students should research options based on personal needs.
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Local Transportation
  • Any additional meals outside of your homestay
  • Personal expenses

Download cost estimate for details.

Eligibility

  • Sophomore standing or above at beginning of program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Students with a 2.50 to 2.99 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Good standing with OKCU

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Federal and State Aid typically apply
  • Most OKCU scholarships apply

Download a cost estimate to determine what a semester in Costa Rica will cost you.

Contacts in Heredia

Primary Student Contract: Brent Hunter info@soleducation.com

Website: http://www.soleducation.com/me...

Phone: 512-730-1003

  • students rafting

    Costa Rica is a country filled with natural beauty, and outdoor adventures are an integral part of the semester in Costa Rica program.

  • Students in a cooking class

    Try to embrace Pura Vida, the simple life or the pure life, while in Costa Rica. Sharing a meal, taking a hike, enjoying a show, and studying your Spanish, of course.

  • National Theatre at night

    Some claim that Costa Rica has more theatres per capita than any other countries. Be sure to take in a show or two.

  • Student snorkeling

    Perhaps the best advice for students interested in studying in Costa Rica is "Become a strong swimmer before you go." Costa Rica has beautiful beaches, but also fierce riptides that can catch even the best swimmers off-guard.

Contact the Office of Global Engagement

studyabroad@okcu.edu

405-208-5160 or 405-208-5259

Clara Jones Administration Building, 4th Floor, Suite 438