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Program Description

Overview

ISA San Jose - Fruit
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   Quick Facts

  • Take courses in Spanish language at intermediate and advanced levels
  • Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease your transition into your study abroad experience
  • Extend your stay in Heredia by participating in back-to-back summer sessions
  • Consider adding an optional Service Learning placement to your study abroad experience to gain more experience and work in the local community
  • Enjoy excursions to locations such as Arenal Volcano, Playa Tamarindo, etc.

Location

ISA Heredia - Town
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Location Details

Heredia is a refreshingly pleasant and relaxed Costa Rican city. Filled with enjoyable parks, lively plazas and a surprising history, Heredia is a great location for the student looking for a truly unique Costa Rica experience. Heredia is a city that is emblematic of the Costa Rican lifestyle and makes for a perfect study abroad destination. The city showcases pleasant plazas, lush green spaces and parks, and friendly people enjoying their days. The smell of coffee wafts into the streets from nearby homes and from the many coffee plantations that surround the city. Some people say life in Heredia really is la pura vida (the pure life). The university town is not far from San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, so the big city is just a bus ride away. That being said, with so many events and activities in Heredia, students tend to argue that there is no reason to leave.

Heredia lies approximately 11 kilometers to the northwest of San José, in the verdant tropical foothills of the extinct Barva Volcano. The city of Heredia was founded in the beginning of the 18th century and for a short period served as the capital of Costa Rica. Today, Heredia boasts some of the oldest and most well-preserved colonial architecture in the country while also adapting and become one of the most modern and liveable cities in Costa Rica. Heredia is a university city, featuring many Spanish language schools and programs, and its sizeable student population includes many who come to perfect the Spanish language. Students and locals alike enjoy all that Heredia has to offer, including excellent cafés, ice cream parlors, vegetarian and health food, and several options for nightlife, as well as the ability to easily make a trip into San José for the day.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not require a visa.* For programs over 90 days, please contact ISA for information regard immigration requirements. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

The Universidad Latina - Heredia is a highly regarded private university and part of the Laureate International Universities network. The campus is made up of a number of buildings interspersed with sun-lit courtyards, green spaces and quiet tropical gardens.

Founded in 1985 as the Universidad Internacional de Costa Rica, the school's undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Today, the school offers undergraduate courses in a wide area of practical sciences, education, and business-related fields. The university also has a metropolitan campus in the capital city of San José, located 15-30 minutes by bus or car away from the central campus in Heredia.

The Universidad Latina strives to make education accessible to both the traditional full-time student and the non-traditional working student. Generous scholarship and finance programs make undergraduate education easily available to most motivated students. The university's enrollment is currently growing at a rate of about twenty percent a year, a formidable testimony of the school's value and quality.

Course Disclaimer:

  • Course placement is often based on a placement test administered on-site
  • There may be mandatory prerequisites for some courses offered
  • For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descripts for this program on the ISA website

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale
Click here to view how credits and grades at Universidad Latina - Heredia will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Service-Learning:
Students participating a service-learning placement as part of their summer program, will complete their placement after the ISA summer academic program ends. Participants will spend between 15-35 hours per week at a local organization.

Service-learning participants must work with their ASU academic department to determine the posibility of earning credit for their placement.

ISA Heredia - ULatina
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ULatina
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Housing

ISA Heredia - Host Family
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Program Housing

ISA Housing in Heredia allows students a truly enjoyable and immersive experience living in a Costa Rican (Tico) home with a local family. All housing is located in middle to upper class neighborhoods near the Universidad Latina - Heredia and offers glimpses of everyday life with easy access to your university and to city amenities. 

Homestays:
ISA Heredia homestays allow students to experience aspects of Costa Rican or "tico" lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Students have the opportunity for complete cultural immersion by staying with locals and experiencing the Costa Rican way of life. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day (except for excursion days) and laundry service once a week. In your homestay you will have your own bedroom, although there may be another ISA student living in the same homestay. Every family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable and immersive living situation. 

Independent Housing:
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option may receive a discount equal to the housing portion (room, board, and laundry) of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose. Students who pursue independent housing will be required to complete an Independent Housing Waiver with the Study Abroad Office. For more information, please contact your International Coordinator.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Costa Rica, building and transportation accessibility is limited. Many buildings remain inaccessible and while public buses may have wheelchair accessibility, functionality of these resources may be in disrepair.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Costa Rica, LGBTQIA students may encounter discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as public attitudes are generally conservative.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Costa Rica, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.