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Explore Beautiful Costa Rica!

The Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) offers students a five-week program in San Jose, Costa Rica, coordinated by College of DuPage.

Adventure awaits as you explore beautiful Costa Rica. It is a peaceful and democratic country. The capital, San Jose, enjoys year-round temperatures in the 70s and is the cultural center of the country with its breathtaking National Theatre, museums, galleries and shops.


Program Description:
Students will receive 7 semester hours of credit in Spanish language (all levels) and Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica. The Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica class consists of lectures and discussions accompanied by field trips and activities designed to engage students in active learning and discovery.

There will be additional optional excursions to La Fortuna Waterfall and Isla Tortuga which will be available at the student's expense. Also, an open weekend is scheduled for independent student travel.

Program Credits:
This program offers 7 credit hours:

  • Spanish (4)
  • Culture and Civilization of Costa Rica (3)

Program Requirements:
The program is open to serious students, teachers and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture.

All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities. All students will be required to have:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • International Health Insurance Package (cost variable)
  • Physician's approval to travel
  • Personal Interview with the directors (to determine maturity and ability to adapt to a different environment)

Applicants will need to contact the program coordinator for more information regarding their participation and will only be admitted on a space-available basis.

No previous study in Spanish is required.

If a student has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. However, it may be difficult to travel in Costa Rica, as it is in many developing countries.

Pre-Trip Orientation:
Participation in a pre-trip orientation is mandatory. It will be hosted at College of DuPage's main campus in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Students should contact their local ICISP representative for further information on exact dates.

Program Fee:
The program fee is $3,099.

The fee will cover:

  • Admissions and excursions listed as included in the cost of the program
  • Application fee
  • Breakfast and dinner during homestay
  • Double occupancy homestay
  • Full-time administrative staff
  • Hotel accommodations on overnight excursions
  • Instructional costs
  • Round trip airfare from Chicago
  • Textbooks for the language classes
  • Transfers to and from the airport in San Jose

The program fee does not cover:

  • College of DuPage tuition for 7 credits or tuition at home institution
  • Passport fees
  • Visa fees (only if not a U.S. citizen)
  • International student identification card (optional)
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Telephone calls
  • Lunches and other meals as indicated on the calendar
  • Costa Rican departure tax (approx. $27)
  • Transportation to and from O'Hare airport
  • Transportation to and from Orientation

Note: Please check with your home institution regarding any additional tuition costs.

Scholarships for this program are available through ICISP.

Flight Details:
The group will be traveling together to and from Costa Rica through the Chicago O'Hare airport. The cost of this ticket is covered in the program fees. However, the individuals are responsible for the cost of traveling to and from the Chicago airport.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Costa Rica. Only participants who are not U.S. citizens may need one. Students need to notify their local ICISP representative if not a US citizien.

All participants are required to have medical insurance, which is valid outside the United States and must provide proof of such insurance.

Lodging and Meals:
Students will be housed in carefully selected Costa Rican homes in double occupancy rooms. The following will be provided during the homestay period:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Laundry service

This arrangement helps the student to continue practicing Spanish and share the everyday life of the "ticos." Families are chosen for their friendliness and helpfulness. Most homes are not within walking distance from the school. However, the local bus is an easily accessible form of transportation. Lunch is not provided, but there are many excellent places to eat in the area.

Application Deadline:
Applications are available through your institution's ICISP Representative. You must apply through your home institution, applications submitted directly from students will not be accepted.

This program offers an open enrollment format. Therefore, interested applicants may apply as early as September 1st. The application deadline is February 1st. Space permitting, late applications will be accepted after this date.

Assistant Director:
Since 1996, ICISP has been sending an individual from an ICISP institution to serve as an assistant director. This person is selected on a competitive basis in the fall. Interested individuals are invited to submit an application.

Application will be due on October 28th . Applications will continue to be accepted until placement is made. Review the application website for additional information.

NOTE: The goal is to have this person in place by November so s/he can help with recruitment. All duties, as outlined and appropriate, will commence as soon as the candidate is selected.

Additional Information:
For additional information on this program, please contact the ICISP Representative at your institution.


College of DuPage
Field Studies/ Study Abroad Office
(630) 942-2356
Sandra Anderson
(630) 942-2174


Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs, Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8664
Fax: (309) 268-7980
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Last Updated: January 2013

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