Early Start Fall,
Early Start Spring,
Early Start Fall,
Early Start Spring,
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Early Start Fall||2013||03/15/2013||03/18/2013||06/02/2013||12/16/2013|
|Early Start Spring||2014||10/01/2013||10/15/2013||TBA||TBA|
Indicates that deadline has passed
|Program Type:||Exchange||Housing Options:||Host Family|
|Study Abroad Program Coordinator:||Mari Keyser||Language of Instruction:||Spanish|
|GPA Eligibility:||3.0||Academic Discipline:||African/African Area Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Behavioral Science, Architecture, Architecture, Design & Planning, Art & Design, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communication Studies, Computer Science, East Asian Language & Culture, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Film, French, Geography, Geology, German, Health, Sport & Exercise Science, History, History of Art, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Marine Science, Math, Modern Languages, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Welfare, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre|
|Open to Non-KU students:||Yes||Open to graduate students:||Yes|
Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR)
Grupo de Kansas
• Early Start Program
• Semester at UCR
Student Life at UCR
The University of Kansas program in San José, Costa Rica offers students the opportunity to directly enroll in classes at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) while providing a well-structured introduction to the country, its culture and history. Students earn academic credit, improve their language skills, and experience Costa Rican culture and history firsthand by living with local families and participating in orientation activities and field trips. Students interested in studying in Costa Rica for an academic year will need to apply online for the first semester of study and notify the Program Coordinator of their intent to continue for a second semester.
The Universidad de Costa Rica was established in 1843 under the name Universidad de Santo Tomás. In 1940, it was restructured and re-named the Universidad de Costa Rica. It is the oldest and largest university in Costa Rica, with a population of 35,000 students. The University of Kansas-Universidad de Costa Rica exchange program, initiated in 1958, is the oldest inter-university exchange of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
The Grupo de Kansas office is located on campus close to many UCR facilities with two Costa Rican staff members.
Grupo de Kansas Staff
Zaida Ugalde, On-site Program Coordinator & Isa Alcázar, On-site Assistant Program Coordinator.
Zaida Ugalde, On-site Program Coordinator & Isa Alcázar, On-site Assistant Program Coordinator
Zaida graduated with a BA in Education from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and was granted an undergraduate Fulbright scholarship for her studies. She holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Literature from the Universidad de Costa Rica. She joined the KU Office of Study Abroad in 1994 as a program assistant for the Grupo de Kansas and then became On-Site Program Coordinator. She has traveled extensively throughout Central America, loves gardening, TED lectures, hiking, and coffee, which she is trying to grow herself.
María Isabel Alcázar (Isa) was born in Chile but her family decided to make Costa Rica their new home.
Isa graduated from the Universidad de Costa Rica as an English major and later did graduate studies in Linguistics. She started working with the KU Grupo de Kansas in 1994 as an intercultural communication instructor and a year later became the On-site Assistant Program Coordinator. She continues teaching at the Universidad de Costa Rica and one of her main goals has been to increase volunteer opportunities and community service for students. She is very knowledgeable of activities at UCR as well as off-campus.
Zaida and Isabel’s duties include advising students on matters related to academics, enrollment, student visas, volunteer opportunities, housing, and medical and non-medical emergencies. They organize an intensive in-country academic and cultural orientation with classes, lectures, and field trips. They also serve as liaisons between UCR and the KU Office of Study Abroad and coordinate all the logistics for KU short term study abroad programs in Costa Rica.
Open to students from any accredited U.S. college or university, sophomore through graduate levels. Requirements include a 3.0 GPA and at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent). Students with 4 semesters (or the equivalent) are eligible for the University of Costa Rica, San José program only if they enroll in the Early Start Program, for which a scholarship covering much of the extra month's costs is available to KU degree-seeking students. Students wanting to earn major-level credit through the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese need to have completed SPAN 340 successfully before participating in the program. For more information, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (email@example.com).
The University of Costa Rica, San José program consists of three parts. The first part is the Early Start Program which is optional for students who have 5 or more semesters of Spanish, but required for students with 4 semesters. The second part is a one month on-site orientation required for all students and the last part is a semester of classes at UCR. See below for more information about each part.
Early Start Program
Early Start Program Scholarship
Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institution.
Required on-site Orientation
UCR Orientation Syllabus
UCR Handbook (Spring 2013 term)
Semester at UCR
A normal course load is 12-18 hours or 4-6 classes. With a few exceptions, the number of credits a course is worth at UCR will be the same as the hours of credit received for the equivalent KU course. Credit and grades for all UCR courses in which a student is enrolled, including orientation, will be posted on his/her KU transcript. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. It is not possible to guarantee that a course will be offered during a particular semester. Program participants should have 8-10 courses in a wide variety of departments approved by their home institution prior to arrival in San José. Enrollment in graduate courses at UCR is limited to graduate students and requires the permission of the professor.
Students are encouraged to participate in community volunteer work, coordinated by the Grupo de Kansas office, during their free time. This may include working in orphanages, teaching English to adults, and volunteering in schools. Students can also opt for a month-long volunteer program (before or after the UCR semester) with one of the Costa Rican National Parks. This is a great opportunity for biology, ecology, or tropical studies students. Students are responsible for their own room and board costs (~$12 per day) during the program. For more information, contact the KU Office of Study Abroad. Volunteer program website: www.asvocr.org/
Students live in private homes with Costa Rican families to help them improve language proficiency and immerse them in Costa Rican life. Three meals are provided daily. Most students use the very reliable, inexpensive city bus system to travel from their residence to the University.
KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Pell or SEOG Grants, and scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Click here for the KU Study Abroad Scholarship Applications. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Fall programs and October 1 for Spring programs.Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.
All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application. Below is a list of the typical documents that will need to be completed for an application. Please note that requirements will vary by program.
a. Statement of Purpose
c. Official Transcript
d. 1 General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
e. Authorization to Release Student Information
f. Any additional forms required by the specific program
For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.KU Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Universidad de Costa Rica website
Duncan McHenry's Travel Journal - Spring 2013 University of Kansas Participant
|Jessica Lynn Bloise, Early Start Fall 2012 Participant|
|Observing the marked improvement of my Spanish from the first week where I couldn't understand anyone to the last week where I could understand almost everyone was fascinating and rewarding.|
|Early Start Spring 2012 Participant|
|I gained, not only the ability to fluently speak Spanish, but also different perspectives on the world and how people from different cultures think. For those of you who are thinking about studying abroad in a Spanish-speaking county, I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone. You don't have to be a Spanish major to benefit from this program seeing that most gen eds can be completed in Costa Rica.|
|Tor Donovan Fornelli, Early Start Fall 2012 Participant|
|Looking back at the end of my time in Costa Rica and just seeing how much better I was at speaking Spanish, and how much I had grown up in general were the most rewarding parts of the program.|
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