Spanish in Costa Rica

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SPA 182|SPA 281|SPA 282|SPA 381 & 382|SPA 481 & 482


May 17 - June 20, 2015


Explore the pristine beaches, quaint towns and exciting San José. Learn what a generous people the Costa Ricans are.

Academic Program

In one of the most beautiful countries of the world, immerse yourself in the life and culture of Costa Rica, and gain confidence and proficiency in the Spanish language.

Enjoy breathtaking vistas, historic architecture, and a rain forest full of biodiversity unlike anything you could experience at home.


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA for undergraduates (or consent of the program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. The director of the program, in consultation with the Foreign Languages department chair and the Director of International Programs are responsible for final enrollment decisions.


The cost for 5 weeks, 6 credit hours is $3950 for undergraduate credit. This price includes: tuition, family home stay, two meals per day, and in-country program transportation and group excursions. (Please do not book individual flight without director's consent.)

Financial Aid

The Spanish in Costa Rica Program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships.  Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the International Programs Office.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until TBA. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on TBA. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.

Cancellations and Refunds

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to TBA. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified of all cancellations in writing. 

Program Director Information

Ms. Mary Ann Stewart, Instructor 
Department of Foreign Languages and Literature 
730 East Beach Boulevard
Long Beach, MS 39560