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  • Locations: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 11/15/2017
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Rolling Admission 05/04/2018 05/21/2018

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Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Summer
Program Advisor: Cory Smith, Matthew Paul
Program Description:

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Program Overview

 Immerse yourself in Spanish language and Costa Rican culture in Heredia, Costa Rica, the "City of Flowers."  Practice your Spanish with your Costa Rican host family, study at a Costa Rican language school, and travel to explore the natural beauty and biodiversity in the surrounding cities and national parks.

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Location

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You will being your journey in the city of Heredia, Costa Rica, where you'll attend daily Spanish language and culture classes in a well-established international school, while immersing yourself in the local culture by living with families.






 

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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate and graduate students. Students must have completed one semester of university-level Spanish.

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Academic Program and Course Information

The required course, Latin American Culture and Civilization, has two parts: language and culture. For the language portion of the course, you will be taking Spanish language courses at a well-established international school with Costa Rican instructors that provide you will the true immersion experience. The second portion of the course is culture where we will investigate the various influences that have made Costa Rican urban growth among the most rapid in the Central American region. The culture will be taught in English.

All students in this program are required to enroll in SPAN2065 for Summer 2018.
 
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
 
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
 
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):
https://www.uc.edu/bursar/fees.html

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Faculty

Professor Brian Hunter has taught Spanish language courses at UC Blue Ash. Brian is a passionate leader of study abroad programs because of this personal experience studying and living abroad.

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Living Arrangements

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You will live in a home-stay with single or double occupancy. The houses will be typical middle class houses of Latin America. It is not customary for there to be heat or for the temperature to be as controlled in the home as it is in the United States. There will be plumbing and electricity. Internet will be sporadic. During excursions, you will have, as a minimum, double occupancy and should be prepared to adjust to sharing a bathroom in hotels (and perhaps during the home-stay).


 

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Getting There

Students will be flying with the group. However, if they have plans to extend their stay, they will have to let the leader know as soon as possible. Students will be expected to find their own transportation to and from the airport.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: $2,600
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Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
 
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees 
  • Some meals 
  • Personal spending/souvenirs 
  • Visa application/processing fees
 
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. UCBA Honors students are eligible for an additional $200 scholarship

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports.html for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:  https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Brian Hunter
Foreign Language, Muntz 347
UCBA
(513) 936-1656
brian.hunter@uc.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.