Natural mud masks from the mud in a runoff river from volcano Miravalles.
Costa Rica stands out as one of the most delightful countries in the world. It is a country famous for its enlightened approach to conservation with its beautiful national parks, lush tropical forests, and active volcanoes. Costa Rica has not had an army since 1949, and its former president Oscar Arias is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Linfield College has operated this program since 1981.
Curriculum: All courses are taught in Spanish. Download the brochure for individual classes and requirements.
All participants are required to take or audit the appropriate level of Spanish in the semester directly preceding their study abroad in Costa Rica.
Housing: For a complete immersion in the Spanish language, students stay with host families for the duration.
Quotes from Students
"My semester in Costa Rica was one of the best experiences of my life. It helped me develop my language skills, gave me the opportunity to truly experience life in other cultures, and helped me to create a new perspective of the world."
- Mike Powers
"Studying abroad was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. It facilitated interaction with Costa Ricans and helped us further in our language skills. One of the main benefits was daily interaction with our families and other locals. That was by far one of the best aspects of the program. Another benefit was the cultural experience. Living with a host family allowed us to explore the values of another culture, which is an invaluable experience. I learned a lot and now have a desire to explore more."
- Amy Rewick
"So, it's been a long, crazy, action-packed month here in Costa Rica. . .
It's amazing how much you can learn when you are completely surrounded by
another language.. . I think we can all
agree that this program is second to none.
- Aaron Larsen