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Costa Rica Center

Offering an innovative cross-cultural studies curriculum, Whitworth's Costa Rica Center sits on a 27-acre property in the hills above Costa Rica's central valley. Just to the north of the property is Costa Rica's renowned Braulio Carrillo National Park, with dense virgin cloudforest that is home to more than 650 bird and mammal species as well as the 9,534-foot inactive Barva Volcano. And a short bus ride to the southwest is the city of Heredia, with a population of about 110,000, the main campus of Costa Rica's largest university, and abundant opportunities for family home stays, service-learning and cultural activities.

Curriculum (15-16 credits):
The Costa Rica Center offers a variety of interdisciplinary courses designed to meet general education requirements for students in any major. It is open to students at the beginning or intermediate level of Spanish. The curriculum includes the following courses, taught in English:

  • Intensive Oral/Written Spanish (100, 200, 300 levels)
  • History (Civilization & Culture) of Central America
  • Ecology of Central America
  • Core 350 with regional emphasis
  • Service-learning and cultural-immersion training in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Summer Programs:
Whitworth is pleased to announce its Costa Rica Center Summer Program. Participnts will advance quickly in intensive Spanish classes that range from beginner to advanced. Costa Rican host families will facilitate even greater Spanish acquisition and cultural appreciation. The program includes a variety of field-trip options (volcanoes, ecology trips, fishing village, etc.) guest speakers, and internship opportunities. Click on the following links for downloadable PDFs that include our Summer Program Information Sheet, Application for Education Professionals, and Application for Non-Whitworth Students.

This program is offered every semester to Whitworth sophomores, juniors and seniors. (A special Jan Term Costa Rica program also is available to freshmen admitted with honors.) Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for both fall and spring. To apply, complete the Whitworth Application for Semester Programs.

Prerequisites for selection include:

  • Two years of high school Spanish or SN 101/102 or SN 111
  • Sophomore, junior or senior status in good standing

Whitworth's tuition, room and board at the 20-meal-plan rate covers the cost of the Costa Rica program.

Student's blog chronicles experiences at Whitworth's Costa Rica Center


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