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ITEM Program Fee

INCLUDES Tuition and Academic fees, orientation, transcripts

COST $3,800

Withdrawal with $1000 penalty Withdrawal with 50% refund First 1/2 of Program Fee due to Bursar

Health insurance (incl. emergency insurance)

No refund after this date

Half-day cultural activities (museums, churches, markets)

Second 1/2 of Program Fee due to Bursar

Group day trip excursions to Poás Volcano, La Paz waterfalls, Britt coffee plantation, and Tortuga Island

Suggested early applilcation deadline FINAL application deadline for program. Late application will be considered on a space available basis only.

Room and Full Board with host family, single room (2 meals a day)

You must have your PASSPORT in your hands

Transportation from San José airport on arrival

Program Start Date

Auburn Abroad Fee

Required for all AU and Non-AU students on AU Programs. Billed separately on Student’s Bursar Account.


Necessary Expenses NOT covered by Program Fee above

Textbooks and copybacks

Est. 30


Est. $97+

International Exit taxi to leave Costa Rica

Est. $30

Airline ticket

Personal preference

Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Please talk to the Director about withdrawl and cancellation fees. There will be no refunds made when written notice to withdraw is filed with the Director of the program less than 30 days prior to departure. Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees. Visa regulations are being reviewed and updated constantly, please check with the Office of International Education regarding Visa requirements. If you do not have a passport: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Application for a United States passport should be made at least 120 days in advance of your departure date.

Program Director Dr. David Zuwiyya (334) 844-6361 Fax: (334) 844-6378 Auburn University is an equal opportunity employer/educational institution

Auburn University is offering an intensive academic language program in San José, Costa Rica for undergraduate and graduate students as well as teachers of Spanish.

Upon arrival in San José, students will meet their Costa Rican host families and tour the university campus and surrounding areas. A placement test and orientation will confirm the students’ course selection. Weekly cultural tours enrich the language instruction; guided visits included in the program introduce participants to the Museums of Gold and Jade, the National Theater and Museum, the Britt coffee plantation, Poás Volcano, La Paz waterfalls, Tortuga Island, and the Virgen de los Ángeles cathedral. All courses are taught at the Universidad de Costa Rica by native-speaking instructors with classes meeting Monday through Friday 5 hours a day; two long weekends are provided with optional excursions to Monte Verde rain forest and Manuel Antonio beach planned.

Costa Rica, nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, brims with natural wonders and cultural gems. It is a land rift with contrast—beaches and rainforests backed up against jagged mountains and fuming volcanoes, political stability and pacificism in the midst Central America, economic stability contrasted with the poverty of its neighbors, and finally, a relatively homogenous population surrounded by pluri-ethnic countries. Mystical rainforests and idyllic beaches are only a short jaunt away from the bustling capital city of San José. With its year-round springtime climate and tourist-friendly locals, Central America’s “rich coast” ranks tops among the world’s “Happiest Nations”. San José serves as the cultural and intellectual hub; while enrolled at Universidad de Costa Rica — the nation’s premier higher learning institute—, students enjoy a central location that allows easy weekend and day trips to pristine natural landscapes home to enchantingly diverse flora and fauna. It takes no time at all before the participant feels a part of the “Tican” culture and embraces the country’s “Pura Vida” motto. Study abroad in Costa Rica teaches participants to live life fully in harmony with the natural and urban environment.

The specific objective of the program is to provide students and teachers of Spanish with a most conducive environment for the intensive study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture as expressed in Costa Rica. In order to increase linguistic competence, enhance understanding of the cultural dimensions of language, and encourage interaction with local culture, the participant will be placed in a total immersion program according to his/her previous study of Spanish. Since the primary objective of the program is full cultural and linguistic immersion, each participant will be expected to communicate in Spanish at all times.

Space is limited and students must file formal applications as soon as they know for sure they are participating. Complete the Auburn Abroad Application online and wait for confirmation from the Program Director. Non-Auburn University students must also be accepted as transient students by AU ($50) and attach a transcript to qualify for the Summer Abroad program. All AU and non-AU students must submit the completed Auburn Abroad Application. (See “Study Abroad” for link to application.)

After acceptance into the program, students must print the Course Approval Form, consult with the Program Director about course work, and obtain departmental signatures. Upon admission to the program, all participants will be responsible for full payment of all fees and costs by the deadlines indicated.

Students will have the benefit of an authentic full immersion experience thanks to their home stay with an approved Costa Rican family. This ensures that language learning and cultural exposure extend beyond the classroom. Each participant is guaranteed a single occupancy room with a family who meets the program’s high standard of fitness. All houses are within close proximity to campus either by bus or on foot. Board includes 2 meals a day: a hearty breakfast and a familystyle dinner.


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