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UK Partner: Costa Rica - Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion in Heredia (SOL)
Heredia, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Summer 1,
Summer 2
Partner Website: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Sol Education Abroad 
Program Cost and Budget Academic Year,
Summer 1,
Summer 2
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 11/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Accounting, Graphic Design, History, Hospitality Management and Tourism, Human Resources, International Business, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Nursing, Political Science, Pre-Health, Psychology, Social Policy, Sociology, Spanish Language
Course Language:
Minimum Language Requirement:
Multiple Levels
Housing Options:
Apartment, Apartment(shared), Homestay
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Purchase required (via EA at UK)
Program Description:
Study Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Learn Spanish in Costa Rica, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Discover a
country of friendly people and breathtaking scenery. The mountainous landscape is dotted
with volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, and rushing rivers. Costa Rica is situated between two
coastlines, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, giving it miles of stunning seashore
that supports an amazing array of sea life. It is considered one of the best places in the
world to study Spanish due to the clear and enjoyable accent of its inhabitants.

You will live in the cool highlands of Costa Rica in the beautiful city of Heredia, known as
the "City of Flowers". Heredia is located only 20 minutes from the capital city of San José,
yet retains the atmosphere of a smaller Costa Rican town. Heredia provides a wonderful
mix of old and new and is the perfect place to study Spanish and explore Costa Rica.

Latin University of Costa Rica
The Latin University of Costa Rica (Unversidad Latina de Costa Rica, or ULatina for short) is a private, fully accredited university founded in 1986. It has a full range of degrees for students that come from all over the world. The university is located on a spacious campus set amongst pine trees and abundant green space for studying outside and intramural sports. First-rate academics combined with a beautiful locale make the ULatina a world-class location for study abroad.

Homestay (Room & Board) & Meals
There is no better way to improve your Spanish and learn more about the culture than
by living with our carefully selected local host families. You will have breakfast, lunch, and
dinner with your family.

Included Excursions
Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, Rain Forest Zipline & La Fortuna Waterfall
Experience the natural beauty of an active volcano and soak in the exotic hot springs.
Horseback through the rain forest and feel the rush of a zipline.
Pacific Beach (Curu Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma Beach, & Isla Tortuga Snorkeling)
Get up close and personal with white-faced monkeys, sloths, and relax on pristine beaches.
Poás Volcano Hike & La Paz Waterfall
Hike to the crater's edge of an active volcano at Poás Volcano National Park.
White-Water Rafting
Experience the rush of white-water rafting through Costa Rica's tropical landscapes.
Monteverde Cloud Forest & Rain Forest Zipline (seasonal)
Hike in the verdant cloud forest of Monteverde and do a zipline tour.
San José City Tour
Tour the historical capital city of Costa Rica.
Nicaragua or Panama (semester only)
Get off the beaten path, and travel to one of Costa Rica's beautiful neighbors and
experience the life and culture of another Central American country.

Cultural Activities
We organize cultural activities for the weekday afternoons. These activities are designed
to accentuate the unique character of Costa Rica and Heredia.
• Coffee Tour • Traditional Cooking Classes • Yoga & Dance Classes
• Soccer Matches • Movie Night • Art Classes
• Theater Performance • City Tours • Hiking
• Photography Class • Spa Retreat • Festivals & Market Day

Academic Credit
Students will earn transfer credit from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. There are three program tracts: Intensive Spanish Language; Spanish Language & Electives; Classes with Locals. For all successfully completed courses, the credit hours, course title and course equivalency will be indicated on the UK transcript. Students must complete the coursework during this program according to the established guidelines by Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. The grades earned will be important to progression in future academic endeavors, including graduate or professional school; however the grades earned will NOT be indicated on the UK transcript. For more information visit the UK Education Abroad Academic Credit website.

  • PRIOR to participating on this program, students must complete an Academic Approval Form (AAF). The AAF indicates how the course will be used, or course equivalency, once they are transferred back to UK. Instructions on how to complete the AAF are included in application materials. 
  • Upon completion of the term abroad, the transcript should be sent to the UK Education Abroad office. Once received, Education Abroad staff will facilitate the transfer of credits to UK. 
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour) at UK during their term abroad. 
Required Applications
Students must complete two applications to participate in this program - one to UK Education Abroad and one to Sol Education Abroad. For the Sol Education Abroad application, click the "Homepage" link at the top of this page. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Usually, financial aid (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs. 
  • UK Students qualify for an automatic $100 program fee reduction. See the Fees and Policies link above for more information.
  • Sol Education Abroad offers additional scholarships for participation on this program. You must complete the UK Education Abroad Scholarship in order to be eligible for the additional scholarship awards. Please visit the UK EA website for more information. 
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Cost and Budget" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Passport & Visa Requirements
Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility, in Room 106 of Bowman's Den, accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website. 
  • U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Costa Rican Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa. 
Health & Safety Abroad
All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

Diversity Abroad
In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.
All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

For More Information
For additional information about the program, please contact:
EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
EA Advisors assist students according to academic major. To find your EA Advisor visit EA Contact Us

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