From the Caribbean to the Pacific, the diversity of Costa Rica’s culture and ecosystems is extraordinary. Spanish, Native American, and African cultural heritages have all contributed to create today’s Costa Rican identity. This program will offer students a unique opportunity for complete immersion in the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture. Program excursions will showcase the rainforests, mountains, volcanoes, rivers, oceans, and flora and fauna that make Costa Rica a place of unmatched natural beauty.
To speak with the International Programs Academic Advisor about study abroad courses, you can visit our zoom drop-in advising hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. There are also appointments available via Campus Connect on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. If these times do not work for you, contact our advisor directly at IP-AcademicAdvising@fsu.edu to make an appointment.
IP provides Liberal Studies requirement areas in an effort to help students make informed decisions. Although every attempt is made to be accurate & current, requirement areas are fluid and it is the student’s responsibility to confirm all Liberal Studies requirement areas through the Liberal Studies Course Search Tool and your major advisor.
|Session SJ01||Summer 2023|
|SPN1121||Elementary Spanish II|
This course emphasizes oral communication and grammatical expertise, as well as listening comprehension. Students read short texts, poems, and write compositions in Spanish. May not be taken concurrently with SPN 1120, 1124, and/or 2220 or be taken by native speakers.
This course emphasizes oral communication and grammatical expertise, as well as listening comprehension. Students read short stories, poems, and articles, and write extended compositions and papers in Spanish. May not be taken concurrently with SPN 1120, 1121, and/or 1124 or be taken by native speakers.
|SPN2240||Intermediate Spanish II|
This course completes the intermediate Spanish skills sequence and finishes the review of the grammar sequence begun in SPN 2220. Students deepen their functional skills in comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish, and gain an overview of Hispanic culture in various countries. Not open to native or heritage speakers of Spanish.
|SPN3300||Spanish Grammar and Composition|
This course covers the theory and practice of Spanish grammar and its applications to compositions. Can be taken concurrently with SPN 3400.
|SPN3400||Spanish Reading and Conversation|
This course develops communicative proficiency and accuracy in both reading and writing Spanish. Can be taken concurrently with SPN 3300. Not open to native or heritage speakers of Spanish.
|SPT3503||Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Analysis*|
This course provides students with opportunities for detailed cultural analysis in the various geographies, historical contexts and intellectual endeavors of the Hispanic world.
|SPW4190||Uncovering Costa Rica: History, Culture, and Ecology*|
This course consists of variable topics chosen from Spanish language movements, periods, figures, and problems. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
*/**/***/****/^ Courses followed by these symbols denote cross listing. Students may take one or the other, but not both.
The biggest factor in deciding when and where to study abroad is often the financial aspect. In fact, too many students assume they cannot afford to participate, missing out on an invaluable opportunity because they are not aware of alternative methods of funding. The Finances Team at International Programs is dedicated to helping students through the financial aid application process by conducting financial aid workshops on a regular basis in addition to meeting personally with students in need of assistance. We also help concerned parents! Additionally, non-FSU students are strongly encouraged to contact the financial aid office at their home school as early as possible. Finally, FSU students will find additional helpful information on the FSU Financial Aid website.
Please review Understanding the Financial Aid Process for Students Studying Abroad to explore a range of issues for students who anticipate receiving any type of financial assistance. This is a document just for FSU IP students and families, with step-by-step guidance for the process. FSU students, access it here. Non-FSU students, access it here. For summer financial aid, please keep in mind a student must be enrolled in at least 6 hours in order to receive aid.
For information about the 1098-T form, click here.
To make a payment, click here.
Any student receiving any form of assistance below will want to complete a Fee Deferment to allow International Programs to delay the due date of the associated program fees. More information about the Fee Deferment is included in the step-by-step guidance at the link above.
Florida Prepaid (FPP) tuition and local fees and/or dorm benefits may be used to pay International Programs fees.
To use a Florida Prepaid dorm account during the summer term, the purchaser of the Prepaid account must contact Florida Prepaid and complete the steps required to authorize use of the summer dorm plan for studying abroad. All other plans will be billed by FSU without additional authorization.
|# of Credits Enrolled||FPP Tuition||FPP Local Fees*||Dorm Rate|
|Program Start Date||Scholarship Open Date||Scholarship Application Deadline||Scholarship Award Decisions Communicated to Applicants|
|Spring 2022||June 9, 2021||September 8, 2021||Prior to September 22, 2021|
|Summer 2022||November 1, 2021||January 5, 2022||Prior to January 19, 2022|
|Fall 2022||January 14, 2022||April 27, 2022||Prior to May 18, 2022|
Florida State assesses a technology fee which is NOT included in the International Programs fee. The technology fee rate for 2021-2022 is assessed at $5.25 per credit hour for all students, regardless of location of study.
International Programs fees do NOT include Facilities and Equipment Fees, which are assessed each semester for some majors (Medicine, Motion Pictures Arts, Music, Nursing, Fine Arts, Dance, Digital Media Production, etc.) even though you are studying overseas. If you are in one of these colleges/majors, you will be assessed a fee. Details can be found on the Registration Guide, under 'Fees and Financial Information.'
The world is within your reach! Talk with a member of IP's Finances Team to learn how your financial aid can help you have a study abroad experience of a lifetime!
Join us for a virtual information session, register below! Or request a meeting by contacting IP-FinancialAid@fsu.edu. Be sure to follow us on social media @fsuip for updates.
The online fee deferment is located in the International Programs Student Portal under the Money Matters area. Login here to access the portal.
If Cancellation Date is…
|Participant's Financial Liability if
appeal is approved by IP Refund
|Max amount of refund / release of|
financial liability if appeal is
approved by IP Refund Committee
|60 days or more before
program start date
|Commitment Fee + 25% of remaining
program fee balance
|75% of program fee balance after the|
|59-31 days before
program start date
|Commitment Fee + 50% of remaining
program fee balance
|50% of program fee balance after the|
|30 days or less before
program start date
|Commitment Fee + 75% of remaining
program fee balance
|25% of program fee balance after the|
|On or after program
|Liable for full program fee||No refund/release of financial|
Refunds of program fees WILL BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:
Partial refunds of program fees MAY BE granted in instances of withdrawal prior to the start of the program under the following circumstances:
All withdrawals, requests for refunds, and requests for release from fee liability must be submitted in writing via email to International Programs. Applicants should include their last name and program code in the subject line of the email.
Alternatively, requests can be submitted in writing to International Programs at the following postal address:
Attention: Refund Committee
Office of FSU International Programs
A5500 University Center
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062420
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420
U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa to study abroad for this program and are permitted up to 90 days of travel within the Costa Rica. If you plan to travel before or after your program, please ensure that you will not be in the Costa Rica longer than 90 days.
|Applications Open*||Wednesday, September 07, 2022||$100.00|
|Scholarship Applications Due||Monday, January 09, 2023|
|Commitment Fee Due||Wednesday, January 18, 2023||$1500.00|
|Full Payment Due||Wednesday, February 15, 2023|
*Early application is advisable as program enrollment is limited and acceptances are offered on a rolling basis.
For 60 years, Florida State University International Programs has been committed to providing a rewarding academic and cultural experience that enriches the lives of our students. Our highest priority is and always has been the welfare and security of our students.
Program directors maintain contact with our Tallahassee office, local authorities, and United States officials, both at home and abroad. Each program holds meetings with students in which safety procedures and precautions are detailed and regularly re-emphasized. Each program has an Emergency Plan which includes details about local health care facilities, meeting points and procedures, and contingency plans and funds should it ever become necessary to evacuate our students.
Students are reminded to inform International Programs of the details of their independent travel details via our online travel form, heed US State Department travel advisories, and take relevant emergency and US Embassy/Consulate contact information with them.
Students venture abroad to experience other cultures, and to gain a deeper appreciation of their role as American citizens in the world. FSU International Programs is fully committed to helping students realize these aspirations in a safe and secure learning environment.
All International Programs fees include international medical and evacuation insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). A link to our policy is provided below. The coverage will be effective for participants from the day the program starts until the day the program ends. Please note: this policy is NOT intended to replace your domestic coverage. For more information, visit studentinsurance.fsu.edu.
FSU International Programs encourages program participants to consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance comes in many forms and can protect you in case you need to change your travel plans due to unforeseen circumstances. The coverage ranges from help with lost baggage to delay in flight plans to trip cancellation.
Travel insurance that covers fees associated with changing your airfare plans is especially helpful for those attending programs that require entry or student visas. Immigration approval can take months with regulations changing often that can cause the need to delay or cancel flight plans. Often airfare arrangements are non-refundable or cannot be changed without fee penalties. Certain types of trip cancellation insurance will reimburse you the cost of your airfare or penalty fees. Travel Insurance must cover failure to obtain visa.
You may wish to begin researching travel insurance and trip cancellation policies by using the Travel Insurance Review website. Their Travel Insurance 101: The Complete Guide to Travel Insurance section is particularly helpful for those just beginning their research. They also have a section that allows you to compare different policies.
Travel insurance is also offered through CISI and Travel Insured International. Please note that this plan must be purchased within 21 days of paying your first fee. For example, if looking to insure the cost of the program, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of paying the commitment fee to International Programs. If wishing to insure only the cost of the flight, the plan must be purchased within 21 days of purchasing airfare.
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Florida State University study center safety guides include institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The report also contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off campus buildings or property owned or controlled by The Florida State University; and on public property within or immediately adjacent and accessible from the campus. A paper copy is available upon request to FSU International Programs at A5500 University Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420, or by contacting FSU International Programs at (850) 644-3272 or (800) 374-8581.
Copies are also available from the study center administrative offices, or you may download from the links below: