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*UTK in Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Terms: Summer 2
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer 2
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 GPA Requirement:
 Field of Study:
Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Spanish
 Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
 Class Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
 Language Prerequisite:
see program description
 Course Prerequisite:
Anthro 130 0r 137 AND Spanish 323 for Latin American Studies Track, Anthro 130 or 137 for Latin American Anthropology Track, Spanish 112, 123 or 150 for Intermediate Spanish Track, Spanish 323 for Latin American Literature and Culture Track
Homestay Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-UTK Students: Yes
Program Description:

Program Description

Study Spanish and Anthropology 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!

This program is intended to appeal to both graduate and undergraduate students in Spanish Language and Literatures, Anthropology, Latin American Studies and those wishing to fulfill the intermediate Spanish language sequence.


Students may choose from four (4) different options on two (2) different academic tracks: Latin American Anthropology (taught in English), and Language and Latin American Literature (taught in Spanish), and earn six (6) credits.

TRACK 1: Students selecting the Latin American Anthropology Track (taught in English) will earn six (6)
credits by choosing two (2) courses: ANTH/LAMS 313, Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica (3); ANTH 325, Migration and Transnationalism (3).

NOTE: Dr. Pendry is willing to waive ANTH 130 Prerequisite.  If you have already taken 313 or 325, these courses focus on Costa Rica, so you can enroll under ANTH 323 or 491.  For graduate credit, you can enroll under ANTH 511, 550, or 591.

TRACK 2: Students selecting Intensive Intermediate Spanish Track (taught in Spanish) will earn six (6) credits by choosing one (1) course: SPANISH 223 [211 and 212 combined] (6).

TRACK 3: Students selecting Latin American Literature and Culture Track (taught in Spanish) by choosing two (2) courses will earn six (6) credits: SPANISH 461, Special Topics: Textual Analysis in Latin American Literature [valid for SPANISH 330] (3); SPANISH 491/591, Foreign Study: Literary and Artistic Movements in the Latin American World (3). This track is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

TRACK 4: Students selecting Latin American Studies Track will earn six (6) credits, choosing one (1) course on Latin American Anthropology [313 or 325] (taught in English), and another one (1) in Latin American Literature and Culture [461or 491/591 (taught in Spanish).


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 a private bedroom, two meals per day, clean linens, and 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.

Faculty Contacts:

Dr. Oscar Rivera-Rodas Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Email: Phone: (865) 974-7005

Dr. De Ann Pendry, Department of Anthropology, Email:, Phone: (865) 974-4408


This program is currently not accepting applications.