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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

Spanish in Costa Rica II

Costa Rica 1
June 25 - July 27, 2019
(dates are tentative & subject to change)
Program Description: Modern Language Studies Abroad (MLSA) and the University of Memphis are working in conjunction to offer an undergraduate and graduate program for students interested in studying the language, literature, culture and civilization of Latin America.The eight-week intensive Spanish class and cultural immersion program will take place at the University of Costa Rica, which has an enrollment of 30,000 students, and is located on the east side of the city of San Jose.The program is open to students, teachers and individuals who will benefit from the cultural experience. Evidence of good health will be required. All courses are taught by faculty members of the Universidad de Costa Rica. 

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Program Fee Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
$2,435 (subject to change)
  • $350 application fee
  • 6-credit hours
  • Home-stay with single rooms
  • Two meals daily
  • Some tours and field trips
  • Student ID card 
  • Registration Fees
  • Airport pick up for arrivals on specific date/time
  • International travel
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Personal expenses & incidentals
  • Lunches (recommended to budget $8/day)
  • Optional excursions
Housing and meals: Students will be housed in Costa Rican families in San Jose. Families provide two meals a day, laundry service, and conversation in a Spanish-speaking environment. Students will be placed with families close to the University or areas with easy transportation access to the University.

Activities: Students are free in the afternoon, however, the program will organize some visits to museums and other activities for interested students.  The program will also organize one-day excursions to beaches and a volcanic site, etc. (cost of optional tours is approximately $100-200)

Classes: Classes are conducted in the morning; Monday through Friday from 8-1:20pm. Classes will accommodate students at the following levels; 2nd semester beginner, intermediate, advanced, graduate and undergraduate. Note: Students will be assessed on arrival to determine their language ability and ensure students are in a class at the correct level. In the past, this has been a placement exam or an assessment by the course professor on the first day of class.

Credits: Students can receive a maximum of 6 graduate or undergraduate credits during the summer program.  

Course Options (Subject to Change) - Students will take 6 hours in each session.


Undergraduate Courses

Beginning Spanish - 101 (6 credits): Equivalent of the first and second semester Spanish for college Spanish. Designed for students with no formal training in Spanish. Students will study basic aspects of Spanish grammar and structure with emphasis in speaking

 Beginning Spanish II - I02 (6 credits): Second and third semester of college Spanish. Designed for students with at least one semester of Spanish or the equivalent with a minimum C grade. Students will study the basic structure and grammar of Spanish language to achieve competency in written and oral form.

 Intermediate Spanish I - 203 (6 credits): The equivalent of third and fourth semester of college Spanish. Further development of audio-lingual skills, increased command of written Spanish, and acquisition of greater reading speed and comprehension.  Further acquisition of grammatical principles combined with varied readings and lectures on literary and cultural topics.

Intermediate Spanish II - 204 (3 credits): The equivalent of the fourth semester of college Spanish. Students who start at this level will also enroll in Spanish 320 (Spanish Conversation I) for 3 credits.

Spanish Composition I - 315 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 204. The essentials of Spanish grammar as applied in composition are studied.

Spanish Conversation I – 320 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 204. Intensive practice in Spanish conversation. Pattern practice, preparation and delivery of dialogues and topical talks. Basic phonetics and practice in pronunciation.

Advanced Spanish - 410 (6 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 204 Intensive practice in Spanish conversation. Drill in syntax, idiomatic constructions.  Concentrates on the development of greater fluency and oral comprehension, conversation skills and grammar.

Spanish Composition II – 415 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 315. Class can be taken simultaneously with 320 or 420. Students further develop writing skills and learn to apply more complex grammar and vocabulary in composition with emphasis on refinement and precision. Includes theory, practice and evaluation.

Spanish Conversation II - 420 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 320. Continued and more advanced practice in Spanish conversation. Students are encouraged to study contemporary culture as a basis for their conversations.

Latin American Culture and Civilization – 430 (3 credits): Prerequisites: Spanish 315 or 320. Spanish-American cultural heritage and the development of social and political institutions. Cultural heritage from Spain and pre-Colombian civilizations.

Introduction to Latin-American Literature - 450  (3 credits): Prerequisites: Spanish 315 or 320. Introductory study of the development of Spanish American literature from the early chronicles to contemporary authors.

Introduction To The Literature Of Spain - 451 (3 credits): Prerequisites: Spanish 315 or 320. Introduction to the literature of Spain from the beginning to the present, with emphasis in the contemporary 20th century Spanish literature.

Introduction to Generation of '98 Spanish Writers - 496 (3 credits): Study of the generation of writers.

Graduate Courses

Students should have a B.A. degree in Spanish to enroll in these courses. In order to ensure that students will receive U of M graduate credit, these classes have to be approved by the graduate advisor in the Spanish Department.

Traduccion e Interpreacion - 507 (3 credits)

Spanish - 510 (6 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 410. Intensive practice in Spanish conversation at the graduate level. Drill in syntax, idiomatic constructions. It consists of grammar and conversation.

Advanced Composition – 515 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 315, 415. Advanced training in composition. Topics will include nature, travel humor, fiction, poetry, drama.

Advanced Conversation – 520 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 320, 420. More advanced practice in conversation. Talks based on material given in class. Students are encouraged to study contemporary culture and literature as basis for their topics of conversations and to promote class discussions. Emphasis on colloquial Spanish.

Topics in Latin American Civilization I, II, III – 530 (3 credits): Prerequisites: Spanish 430. The study of modern Latin American life with regard to the social institutions and customs. The development of the cultural life of the Latin American people, as reflected in the geography, history, music, art, literature, government and political institutions.

Spanish American Literature – 550 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 450. An intensive study of particular literary movements. Selected representative major works of classical and contemporary Latin American authors are studied.

Literature of Costa Rica – 560 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Spanish 450. Major works and authors’ representative of the literature of Costa Rica will be studied.

The Novels of Gabriel Garcia Marquez – 5261 (3 credits): The most representative works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez will be studied.

La Novela Contemporanea Latino Americana - 5262 (3 credits): Prerequisite: Advanced courses in Literature or Culture and Civilization. Focus on the most important 20th century Latin American novels.

Spanish Linguistics –  580 (3 credits): In-depth study of the Spanish in Latin America: Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Lexicon.

Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language - 585 (3 credits): Comprehensive study of the techniques and approaches to teaching of Spanish as a second language.

Literatura Costarricanse Escrita por Mujeres - 594 (3 credits): This course offers a panoramic view of Costa Rican literature, the cultural context, and the social problems which were manifested during the country's historic development.  This is accomplished through working with, specifically, the texts written by women. 

Women in Latin American Literature –595 (3 credits): Students will examine two fundamental aspects of Hispanic-American literature; on the one hand, the representations of femininity in selected texts of renowned male and female authors of the 20th Century, and, on the other hand, the aesthetics, social and cultural aspects related to feminine authorship.

La Generacion del '98 - 596 (3 credits): In-depth study of this generation of Spanish writers.

Pensamiento Latino Americano Contemporaneo - 597 (3 credits): Focus on the trends in politics, ideas, and customs.
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