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"Pura Vida" Summer Study in Costa Rica


Study in Costa Rica this summer! July 3 – 26, 2010

The Community College of Rhode Island offers a language and culture immersion program in Carillos, Costa Rica.

Program description

Come study in Costa Rica, Central America's most vibrant and stable country. Experience the "Pura Vida" or "pure life", a "tico" way to sum up all that a Costa Rican immersion program offers students and "green-minded" visitors. Improve your communication skills and deepen your understanding of Costa Rica's culture and unique history.

The Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Costarricense (ILCC) hosts the program in Carillos, a town 30 miles from the capital San José. It provides home stay with carefully selected local families, a safe learning environment, a combination of intensive small-size language and culture classes, lectures by local scholars as well as field trips to sustainable rural community projects and to the Monteverde protected rain/cloud forest.

Program options:

Two-week noncredit program (July 3-19, 2010)
Three-week program for credit (July 3-26, 2010)

Courses offered:

Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Conversation and Composition

Program costs:

Two-week noncredit program (July 3-19, 2010)

  • Cost: $2,000

Three-week program for credit (July 3-26, 2010)

  • Cost: $2,600

All checks and money orders must be made payable to:
Community College of Rhode Island
"Pura Vida"
Summer Study in Costa Rica


  • Group transfers to/from San José Airport
  • Three weeks Spanish language program at ILCC
  • Private room in a Costa Rican home
  • Daily breakfast and dinner while in home stay
  • Two nights hotel stay at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Two nights stay at an indigenous farming community run by the Talamanca Association of Ecotourism and Conservation (visit to Puerto Viejo/Limón, to indigenous communities in Talamanca and near the Panama border).
  • Walking tours of Alajuela and Grecia
  • Tortuga Island Pacific Cruise (1 day tour, three week program only)

Not included in the cost are:

  • Roundtrip airfare on program dates from Boston/San José/Boston
  • CCRI's tuition (2010) and fees ($180 Study Abroad fee)
  • Personal expenses (incidental daily expenses**)
  • Lunches during home stay
  • Costa Rican departure tax of approximately $27 is payable at the San José airport
  • Anything not specified as included in the program
  • Health insurance (students are required to show proof of health insurance)
  • Mandatory trip/emergency travel insurance
  • Passport: It is strongly recommended that students apply for a passport in the Fall of 2009 or Winter 2010.

**Incidental daily expenses include bus fares, taxi fares, laundry ($10 weekly), occasional meals,
entertainment and optional excursions. Students should plan on budgeting at least $200-$300 extra to cover such costs over the three weeks—more if you plan on purchasing gifts, clothes and souvenirs.

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