Spanish Language Costa Rica

SHSU Spanish Field School, Costa Rica

Program Overview

The purpose of the Costa Rica-Santa Ana Field School is to contribute to the education of truly global individuals by conducting a program in which SHSU students and faculty come together as a community of scholars to study the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture and to interact with the Costa Rican community on a formal as well as informal level. Students take Spanish courses that enhance their language skills, bringing them to a higher level of competency, but especially in their speaking skills. Besides classroom instruction, students are provided with opportunities for spontaneous conversations because they live with host families in the small community of Santa Ana. In addition, classes are held at the beautiful campus of CONVERSA, whose staff also constitutes a supportive community where students feel free to practice their Spanish in a non-threatening environment.


On-campus instruction: May 13-24 and June 27-July 10, 2019

Costa Rica: May 30 - June 26, 2019


  • SPAN 2311: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 2312: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 3369: Conversational Spanish II
  • SPAN 4370: Seminar: Selected Topics in Literature, Language & Culture: Literature & Society in Costa Rica


SPAN 2311: Grade of C or better in SPAN 1412
SPAN 2312: Grade of C or better in SPAN 2311
SPAN 3369: C or higher in SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312 SPAN 4370: C or higher in SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312
SPAN 4370: C or higher in SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312

Follow all safety procedures and suggestions by the CONVERSA staff including area curfews and traveling regulations.


Students will be participating in a Homestay program where they will live with a family in Santa Ana. Transportation will be provided from the host families to the campus.


Students will be responsible for booking their own flights according to guidelines given by the Study Abroad Coordinator or Faculty Leader at a later date.  DO NOT book your flights until receiving specific instruction to do so. Transportation will be provided from the airport to the host families.


$2,300 (including a $300 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot in the program)

  • Includes: airport pickup and drop off; family stay in Santa Ana; all meals; shuttle service from Santa to classes and back; 3-day weekend trip to area near the Sarapiquí river, including fieldtrips to pineapple farm, chocolate tour, Rainforest Adventure tram and grounds of Selva Verde hotel; fieldtrips near Santa Ana (coffee farm; sugar cane mill; pottery factory); a day trip to history and art museums in San José; extra grammar lessons and activities; weekly yoga, Latin dance and cooking lessons; opportunities for community service; access to wireless internet on Conversa campus.
  • Not Included: Regular SHSU Tuition & fees (summer semester)*, $200 study abroad service fee, airfare, travel insurance, spending money

*Note: Faculty-led, out-of-country courses do not charge 3 fees: Rec Center, Student Center and Health Center=$275, as opposed to on-campus courses.

Estimated Total Program Cost Sheet


  • $300 deposit due within 1 week of acceptance into program (assessed upon acceptance)
  • $500 payment due February 10th (assessed Mar. 5th)
  • $500 payment due March 10th (assessed Apr. 5th)
  • $1,000 Remaining Program Balance due May 10th (assessed May 5th)


March 1, 2019


May 10, 2019


Find out more about our partner Conversa here.


Dr. Frieda Koeninger
AB4 335

Dr. Debra Andrist
AB4 315A

Apply Here!

Please submit completed application to Study Abroad Coordinator via email or in person.

After your Application has been approved and the $300 deposit paid, please submit the additional post-acceptance documents to the Study Abroad Coordinator that are listed on the Faculty-Led study abroad homepage.