Wayne State College Study Abroad
Communicate in Spanish in Costa Rica
Designed for students interested in studying Spanish and Intercultural Communication, this
summer program features classes at the Costa Rica Spanish Institute (COSI), an outstanding
academic institution located in San José, the capital of the most stable, progressive country in
Latin America. In addition to courses taught by Wayne State College and COSI professors,
the program includes a good balance of cultural activities, educational tours, and recreational
travel. Students have excellent opportunities to make new friends and experience Hispanic
culture firsthand by staying with middle-class Costa Rican families. We invite you to take
advantage of this exceptional chance to enjoy living the language as well as learning it.
DATES: May 31, 2008 – July 3, 2008
COST OF PROGRAM: $3213.50 including 6 hours of Undergraduate Credit
$3390.50 including 6 hours of Graduate Credit
? Undergraduate and Graduate resident tuition and fees for six credits
? Textbooks for Spanish Courses
? Round-trip airfare to and from Costa Rica (city of departure is Omaha)
? Students will be met at the San Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José
Costa Rica and will be transferred to the host families’ homes.
? Lodging plus breakfast and evening meals in the home of a Costa Rican family
while we are in Costa Rica; two weeks in San José and two weeks on the Pacific
Coast near Manuel Antonio National Park
? Laundry service (weekly) during home stay
? City tour of San José
? Coffee Tour
? Arenal Volcano weekend tour including hotel accommodations and all meals.
? Transportation to and from Manuel Antonio
? Mangrove tour
? Manuel Antonio National Park tour
? Dancing and cooking classes
? Hotel in San José for last night
? Exit taxes ($26)
Does not include:
? Lunch, with exception of organized excursions (approximately $6.00 per day)
? Bus or Taxi transportation around the city (usually less than $2.00 per day)
? Traveler's Insurance
? Any recommended Immunizations
? Personal expenses, like souvenirs
? Additional tours around Costa Rica
? Intercultural Textbook; Purchase before departure
? Costs involved for passport
1. A strong desire to live and learn Spanish
2. A strong desire to travel and engage in intercultural communication
CNA 375 Intercultural Communication or CNA 491 Community Service Learning
SPA 440 Topics in Spanish
CNA 675 Intercultural Communication: A Service Learning Approach
SPA 540 Topics in Spanish
LODGING: During our stay, students will live with middle-class families carefully selected for
their friendliness, patience, and support of North American students.
FOOD: In the homes, breakfast usually includes fresh tropical fruits and juices, eggs, "gallo
pinto" (a delicious combination of rice, black beans, and herbs), bread, and coffee. Traditional
Costa Rican foods will be served for dinner. Lunches (on your own) can be easily and
economically purchased in small local restaurants called "sodas" or in American style fast-food
TOURS AND EXCURSIONS:
(1) City Tour:
Includes visits to city landmarks such as the following: The National Park, The House of
Congress and Democracy Square, Ministry of Culture Plaza, Ministry of Foreign Relations
and Jade Museum, National Theatre, Metropolitan Cathedral, Central Avenue, Historical
Postal Building and the Central Market. Transportation, guide and lunch included.
(2) The Coffee Tour at Café Britt (half-day tour):
During this excursion you will learn how red coffee cherries are transformed into the
delicious brew that so many of us drink. Not only do we learn about coffee production as we
walk through the Britt coffee fields, but there is also a live stage production, with song and
dance, revealing the history of coffee production.
(3) Pacific Tour: Manuel Antonio National Park (Beach and Rain Forest)
No other destination in Costa Rica has received more international attention than Manuel
Antonio National Park. This park is on the Pacific coast and is a combination of rain
forest, beautiful white sand beaches abounding in flora and fauna, and great views. It is
possible to see howler, squirrel and white-faced monkeys; two-towed sloths, iguanas and
over 350 species of birds and other animals. The tour includes transportation to and from
San José and accommodations with host families.
(4) Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs: Two day stay at one of the most beautiful and restful resorts in Costa Rica. Visiting the active volcano is an unforgettable experience. The best
time to see it is definitely at night when lava erupting from the volcano can be seen.
Participants will enjoy the spa close to the volcano which has natural hot-water springs.
$ 500.00 January 18, 2008
$ 1000.00 and copy of Passport February 20, 2008
$ 845. 00 March 25, 2008
Tuition Paid in Full by May 6
To reserve your place in the program, please submit the first non-refundable payment of $500.00
by January 18, 2008. Checks should be made out to Wayne State College, and for proper
handling, write "Costa Rica 2008" on the "For/Memo" line on the check. Be sure to send all
payments to the Business Services Office, Hahn 104. Payments may also be made before the
stated deadlines. Financial aid and Scholarships for the trip may be available for WSC students
taking 6 credits. Please contact Kyle Rose in Financial Aid, ext. 7230
Please note that if you withdraw from the program, the payments already made will not be
recoverable. Wayne State College reserves the right to make changes in the program or the
sequence in which tours are conducted, to make substitutions or alterations, or to cancel any part
of the program, should unforeseen circumstances make this advisable. Participants will be
notified of any major changes.
PASSPORT: Students are responsible for bringing with them (and keeping on their person)
a valid passport. If you do not have a passport already, please contact your local court house
for details about how to obtain one. Be sure to take care of this as soon as possible.
Depending on the number of applications submitted, passports could take several months or
longer to arrive. A copy of the first page of your passport will be needed by February 20 in
order to process your airline tickets. Students must also bring another photo I.D.
MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE: All participants are required to have medical and travel insurance for the duration of the Costa Rica program. Please note, your insurance must
provide for medical evacuation and repatriation. If your policy does not conform to what is
stated here, a suggested source is WorldTravelCenter.com, which offers coverage for one month
for prices starting at $26.00 (Patriot International Plan).
For additional information contact:
Dr. Deborah Whitt
Wayne State College
Wayne, Nebraska 68787
Telephone (402) 375-7352