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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 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, Journalism, Advertising, Psychology, Information Systems Engineering, Pre-school Education, Special Education, Interior Design, Civil, Industrial, Electrical Engineering, 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 several art courses.
  • Advanced Spanish speakers may enroll in university courses with locals in advertising, business administration, history, journalism, psychology, and public relations.
Dates/TermFall 2018Spring 2019
Arrival Date September 8, 2018 January 12, 2019
Classes Begin September 10, 2018 January 14, 2019
Classes End December 14, 2018April 12, 2019
Final ExamsDecember 14, 2018April 12, 2019
Departure Date December 15, 2018April 13, 2019
Deadline to ApplyJune 1, 2018 November 1, 2018
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:

  • History of Costa Rica
  • Drawing and Watercolor
  • Painting

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

Courses for Advanced Spanish speakers, taught with local students, include the following:

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

Advanced Spanish speakers may also participate in an internship in the areas of Business, Education, Health, and Social Work

See a full list of courses for semester programs: http://www.soleducation.com/co...


Accommodations

Housing

All students live in homestays with local families. The housing fee includes three meals per day.

Fees

Fall 2018

  • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
  • Student Housing: $3114
  • Activity Fee: Included in Tuition
  • Meal plan: Included in homestay, three meals per day
  • Medical Insurance: varies
  • Airport pick-up is included
  • Other local transportation: $175
  • Passport and visa fees

Spring Semester 2019

  • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
  • Student Housing: $3114
  • Activity Fee: Included in Tuition
  • Meal plan: Included in homestay, three meals per day
  • Medical Insurance: varies
  • Airport pick-up is included
  • Other local transportation: $175
  • Passport and visa fees

Download budget template to determine what a semester at in Heredia will cost you.

Eligibility
  • Sophomore standing or above at beginning of program
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good standing with OKCU
Scholarships and Financial Aid
  • Federal and State Aid typically applies
  • Most OKCU scholarships apply

Download budget template to determine what a semester at in Heredia will cost you.

Contacts in Heredia

Primary Student Contact: Ms. Elisha Smith info@soleducation.com

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

Phone: 512-380-1003

  • 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

405-208-5259 or 405-208-5270

Clara Jones Administration Building, 4th Floor, Suite 438