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  • Locations: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Summer, Winter-Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/21/2020 05/06/2021
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 08/21/2020 11/11/2020
Winter-Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2021 05/06/2021

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:
 


Program OverviewUSAC Heredia

The Heredia program is ideal for students who are committed to learning the Spanish language and the diverse cultures of Latin America. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of Costa Rican society. Heredia, located just outside San José, offers the excitement of living near the capital city but with a more calm and relaxed atmosphere. Costa Rica as a whole is well known for its extraordinary natural beauty—preserved in its many national parks and reserves—which you will have the opportunity to discover firsthand.

Program Focus


Semester

The Heredia program offers three diverse academic areas: Spanish Language, Ecological Studies, and Latin American Studies. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to two years of university foreign language coursework in only one semester to meet Spanish minor or major requirements. However, the academic courses are only part of the value of the program. Participation in formal and informal activities also provides valuable learning experiences and interaction with the local culture. These activities include cultural events, village festivals, and field trips around San José, to the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, the rain forest, nature reserves, and to parliament and governmental entities. The program also offers a field study course focused on Latin America and its cultures. Taking this field study course gives you the opportunity to explore Costa Rica and its culture, environment, and contemporary issues on a deeper level outside of the classroom.

Summer

PSU students can participate in the summer session II program, earning 3 to 4 semester credits (5 to 6 quarter credits). Take advantage of this study abroad opportunity, and learn how studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning  experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom—because you will be in a different place. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are; use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. This program offers courses from diverse academic areas, including Spanish Language, Literature, Ecological, and Latin American Studies. You can even take a Dances of Latin America as an elective physical education course. 

FACT SHEET
Education Abroad Advisor Make an appointment with Rachel Landers at any time!
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Program Provider USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium
Program Dates Current USAC Calendar

Note:
Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Ecology
  • International Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Multicultural Studies
  • Spanish
Credits Fall: Students enroll in 12 to 18 semester credits (18 to 27 quarter credits).
Spring: Students enroll in 12 to 18 semester credits (18 to 27 quarter credits).
Summer: Students enroll in 3 to 4 semester credits (5 to 6 quarter credits). 
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Terms
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the USAC Program Fee
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 
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