Heredia, Costa Rica

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Program Provider:
Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), Universidad Nacional
  • Spring Semester (Late January – Late June)
  • Fall Semester (Mid July – Early December)
  • GPA - 3.0
  • 4 semesters of university-level Spanish
  • SUA-STAMP Test Intermediate-Mid required
  • Strong in Latin American studies, biology, sociology, economics, business, environmental studies, and ecology, arts (music) and dance.
  • 1 Butler classes required: Advanced Spanish (3 levels) or Social History of Costa Rica.
  • All coursework is in Spanish.
  • Class size: 10-40
  • 25-30 Butler participants (20.000 total student population)
  • 4-5 hrs homework a day expected.
  • Service learning opportunities that are included as part of the mandatory intermediate Spanish course
  • 2 overnight trips


  • Study at 2nd largest cities after San Jose
  • Home stay with Costa Rican families
  • 3 meals per day provided
  • Orientation in Spanish
  • Safety issues (read comments from returnees)
  • No cell phones available.
  • Internship/volunteer opportunities available for non-credit.
  • Easy to join student clubs.
  • Student visa can be obtained on site.

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