Study in Costa Rica
Learn Spanish at an Easygoing Pace
Of the many countries in which one can study Spanish, the majority of students choose Spain. This is a shame because there is so much to be learned from the unique cultures of Latin America, where dances like salsa
and merengue originated, piñatas were born, and continuous rain for half of the year allows for a lush climate that provides a habitat for more species of insects and birds than anywhere on the planet.
Among the many countries in Latin America with democratic governments and developing infrastructure is Costa Rica, a peaceful place where travel is extremely cheap, the beaches are beautiful, and the native Ticos are
friendly. It is one of the most easygoing and least intimidating countries in which to learn the Spanish language.
The program I attended, University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), offers undergraduate study in Costa Rica for either a semester or year. USAC arranges for students to live with families in one
of two locations: Heredia, outside the capital of San Jose, or Puntarenas, a small town off the coast. Both locations offer a range of group activities, including a 1-week fieldtrip.
With Costa Rica's affordable and convenient bus system, travel throughout this gorgeous country is easy for students to do on their own. Nicaragua, Honduras, and Panama are all easily accessible as well.