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Spanish Language & Culture in Costa Rica

‌This Maymester program to San Jose, Costa Rica is an excellent opportunity for students to earn university credit while taking either SPAN 130 or SPAN 330 as well as taking intensive Spanish (SPAN 350) taught by the Instituto de Espanol Costa Rica (IECR) instructors. To supplement the academic experience, the following excursions in this uniquely beautiful country have been included in the program: a guided bus tour of San Jose; a walking  tour of the area surrounding the school; Latin dance class; cultural cooking class; visit to National Park and Beaches of Manuel Antonio; visit to Arenal Volcano and Hot Water Springs; and visit to the National Museum. While in San Jose, students will live with carefully selected host families.

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Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Dates: May 11 – June 1, 2014
Other Pre-departure mandatory meetings: 
March 26, 2014 
April 23, 2014
Instructor(s): Jose Luis Mireles (SPAN 130)
Jorge Perez (SPAN 330)
Program Fee (not including Tuition): $2,985
Tuition Fee: $350/credit hour 
Courses Offered:

SPAN 130 (Introductory Spanish III) - 3 credits
SPAN 330 (Approaches to Literature and Culture) - 3 credits
SPAN 350 (Spanish Language Study Abroad) - 3 transfer credits

Prerequisites: SPAN 130 - SPAN 120, 111, or by placement
SPAN 330 - SPAN 210
SPAN 350 - Approval from the Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures faculty.
Do any of the course(s) satisfy core curriculum requirements? Yes, both SPAN 130 and SPAN 330 may fulfill Goal 5B of the Course Requirements.
Is a Passport required? Yes, students must have a valid passport to participate on this program.
Are vaccinations needed to participate? Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.  Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for your destination.

Course Descriptions

‌SPAN 130 (Introductory Spanish III): Further development of fundamental language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), with additional consideration of culture. Students will be immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment that will allow them to utilize the four crucial language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking on an intensive daily basis. Writing skills will be improved through various writing assignments and a written journal. Speaking and listening skills will be dramatically advanced through classroom activities and the immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking culture. Reading skills will be built upon through local Spanish-language periodicals and other authentic materials. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding and appreciating the local culture. This is an INTENSIVE semester length course that will take place in an environment that affords students the opportunity to maximize their learning experience in a reduced amount of time.

SPAN 330 (Approaches to Literature and Culture): Introductory studies in the literature and cultural manifestations of the Hispanic world. Authors, genres, or cultural expressions may vary. Emphasis is on the continued development of oral, reading, and writing skills.

SPAN 350 (Spanish Language Study Abroad):  Language study abroad with instruction by native speakers. Credit hours granted dependent on the number of hours taken. Upon successful completion of an approved program students must furnish a certificate and/or examination results. Prior consultation with the Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures is mandatory before enrollment.

About the Program Leaders

‌‌‌‌Faculty - Jose Luis Mireles‌Mr. Jose Luis Mireles is a Senior Instructor of Spanish at Coastal Carolina University and has taught at the University since ‘99. He has multiple-year experience taking groups of students to Costa Rica and Spain for the University's Maymester program.





Jorge Perez‌‌‌Dr. Jorge Alberto Pérez is a native of Managua, Nicaragua. He has many years of experience teaching Spanish in Nicaragua and the U.S. He is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures at Coastal Carolina University and has taught at the University since 2002. He has several years of experience taking groups of students abroad. He first accompanied students to Costa Rica in 2003 and has also traveled to Spain with students for the University's Maymester program.






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Maymester/Short-Term Online Application

Be prepared to supply the following information at the time you apply: 

- Statement of purpose (a Word document or PDF)
- An academic reference
- Copy of your transcript
- A health form and participation fitness certification

For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services
Ms. Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad 
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119