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*UTK in Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; Monteverde, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 2
Budget Sheets Summer 2
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2 2016 02/01/2016 02/10/2016 07/10/2016 08/10/2016
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Field of Study:
Language of Instruction:
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language Prerequisite:
6 Semesters
Course Prerequisite:
Spanish 323
Homestay Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-UTK Students: No
Program Description:

Study Spanish in Costa Rica!

San Jose

Study Spanish  in the exciting, adventurous and exotic country of Costa Rica! Costa Rica boasts first place in the happiness and health index, published by the New Economics Foundation, and attracts high numbers of both tourists and international students every year. It is considered to be the most peaceful and democratic country in Latin America. One of its main sources of income is tourism. This democratic and peaceful country has not had an army since 1949. Costa Rica also proudly shelters 6% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world and is an attractive country for investment and offers great potential for the establishment of important multinational companies.  In a word, it is a paradise!


Students will take courses at the Costa Rican Language Academy and  earn 6 credits in the following courses:

SPAN 330/491. Introduction to the art of reading and interpreting literary texts and the writing of critical essays, with attention to language structures, literary terminology, theory and concepts such as romance, tragedy, comedy, irony, narrative voice, symbol, metaphor, etc. with application to works such as short stories, one-act plays, essays, and letters. Particular focus on Costa Rican literature.

SPAN 423/491. Develops writing and speaking skills to the advanced level, covering a wide range of topics and situations and including a variety ofin-class and extra class activities.


Students will stay with host families in San Jose. The host families have been carefully selected to insure the comfort and safety for students. These homestays include single bedrooms, two meals per day (breakfast and dinner) , and weekly laundry services. Staying with local families helps students improve their Spanish language proficiency and become more familiar with the life, traditions and culture of Costa Rica.


Monteverde 3days/2 nights

Manuel Antonio 3 days/2 nights

Day trip to Poas/Doka/Sarchi

Faculty Contacts:

Dr. Dawn Duke, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature

Information Sessions:

Thursday, October 29, 2015
3:00 - 4:00 PM
1208 McClung Tower

Thursday, November 12, 2015
5:00 - 6:00 PM
1208 McClung Tower


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