Universidad de Costa Rica & Universidad Nacional Autonoma
Posted on July 22, 2010
In affiliation with IFSA Butler, students are fully integrated into campus life and have access to all departments and classes at La Universidad Nacional Autonoma (UNA) in Heredia and la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) in San Jose. UNA, with 15,000 students, offers a full curriculum of undergraduate courses including Latin American Studies, Sociology, Economics, Business, Environmental Studies, Ecology, and Marine Biology. UCR is the oldest university in the country; with some 30,000 students, it offers over 100 major subjects. Costa Rica's history, development as a democracy and commitment to social justice and human rights make it an attractive place to study abroad.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma is located in Heredia, a beautiful city of 74,000 with a laid-back atmosphere, situated a few miles from the capital city of San José. The Universidad de Costa Rica is located in San José itself, a city of 325,000 that is made up of both peaceful colonial-era neighborhoods and a bustling downtown. San José is the center for Costa Rican cultural life, and offers good nightlife and shopping venues.
Academic Year and Semester Options
Academic Year - August to May; Fall Semester: August to December; Spring Semester: January to May
Courses & Credits
Students enroll in five to six courses each semester. A mandatory Advanced Spanish Language course may be combined with special program courses taught in Spanish and university courses. 15 to 16 U.S. semester hours earns 4.0 Wheaton credits.
Juniors with a minimum GPA – 3.0. Two years of college level Spanish or the equivalent. All courses are taught in Spanish.
Housing & Board
Students live with families and are provided three meals per day. Fees: Wheaton Comprehensive Fees. Expenses include Tuition, Room and Board.
Students are responsible for $500 Administrative fee, passport and visa fees, local transportation, books and supplies, required supplemental study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
All materials are available in the Center for Global Education.
Make an appointment to see Lynn Gaylord in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.
Courses of Study
Final course schedules are not available until after arrival in Costa Rica.
Special Program Courses
- Mandatory Advanced Spanish
- History of Costa Rica
Universidad Nacional Autónoma:
- Center for Research, Teaching and Artistic Performance
- General Studies (Interdisciplinary Studies)
- Philosophy and Humanities
- Natural Sciences
- Sea and Earth Sciences
- Social Sciences
Universidad de Costa Rica: Agricultural Economics, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Studio Art (Painting, Sculpture), Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Economics, Education, Food Science, Geography, Geology, History, Language, Literature, Math, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Sociology
For more information, check Butler University's website.