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Center for Global Education


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. 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. 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. San José is the center for Costa Rican cultural life, and offers good nightlife and shopping venues.


Academic Year and Semester Options

Program Dates

Academic Year: July - June
Spring Semester (Semester I): January - June
Fall Semester (Semester II): July - November

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Other Expenses

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
  • Education
  • General Studies (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Philosophy and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Sea and Earth Sciences
  • Social Sciences

For more information, check Butler University's website.

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