This summer, practice your Spanish speaking skills and receive academic credit while you enjoy Costa Rica, one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

costa rica study group-scaledA language immersion program can put you well on your way to understanding and being understood in Spanish. Conversing with locals in Costa Rica means you also get the opportunity to experience other aspects of the culture, too.

Immerse Yourself

Students study for three weeks in late May and early June. Classes are available at the 100-, 200-, and 300-levels.  Weekend excursions can include: zip-lining, hot-spring spas, snorkeling, waterfall climbing, and whitewater rafting.

Classes are held at Intercultura Language School in Heredia, Costa Rica. You’re grouped by your Spanish-speaking ability into small, personalized classes that meet for four hours a day. Outside of class, you can make the most of your time in the small town of Heredia, which is near the capital city of San Jose. It’s a convenient location for exploring the country’s natural treasures such as:

  • Delicious fruits
  • Hundreds of species of tropical birds
  • Impressive volcanoes
  • Lush rain forests
  • Luxurious hot springs

Eligibility and Costs

To be considered for the program, you must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in good disciplinary standing at Wingate University. If you’re a U.S. citizen, you also need a U.S. passport. If you’re a citizen of another country, check with the Costa Rican embassy for possible visa requirements.

Tuition and fees ($2712 in 2018) for the program includes:

  • Summer Wingate tuition (3 credit hours)
  • Classes at Intercultura Language School
  • International Health Insurance
  • Transportation to/from the San Jose airport
  • Housing in a private home
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Weekday excursions and classes
  • Weekend overnight excursions to mountains, beaches, rainforests, and more!
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Internet access
  • Language lab access

Other estimated costs:

  • Flight (approx. $1000) – or you can use frequent flyer miles
  • Baggage fees (approx. $25 each way)
  • Lunch (approx. $5/day)
  • Passport costs (between $110 and $135)
  • Spending money for shopping or other extra excursions and activities, and tips for excursion guides

Please note that these rates are based on current prices and may change closer to departure date.

Financial Assistance

The WINGS Grant is available for Costa Rica Language Immersion Participants. Please apply as early as possible, as funds may not be available later in the year.
You can set up a payment schedule through the business office for a small fee. You must pay in full to be eligible to travel with the group.

Ready to Go?

To determine your Spanish level, please contact the Office of International Programs ( and request an application to the program. 

Payment Deadlines

Payment Amount Deadline
$300 deposit  February 15
$500 March 15
Final Balance April 15