Summer in Costa Rica at CPI (Centro Panamericano de Idiomas)
How to Apply
Designed for students at any level of Spanish to improve proficiency. While the primary program is 3-weeks (4 credits) or 6-weeks long (8 credits), it is possible to study for as little as 2 weeks or even 5 weeks (6 credits). Please apply online both on ISUAbroad (click Apply Now button) AND at the following website to receive a 10% discount from listed prices. (Please use the Promo Code: CPI-UCREDITS-ISU.)
Centro Panamericano de Idiomas invites you to learn Spanish in Costa Rica, a country full of natural beauty, adventure, and friendly people. A small nation that supports over 5 percent of the world's biodiversity, Costa Rica has become a gobal leader in environmental conservation. Today, nearly one third of the country is protected by ecological reserves, national parks, and wildlife refuges.
Spanish has become essential for day-to-day business practice, eduation, international relations, and above all, multicultural awareness. There are 400 million Spanish speakers in the world, and 25 countries where Spanish is the official language. Official population statistics estimate that by the 2050, 550 million people will speak Spanish, a 64 percent increase over today. As Spanish grows more prevalent, businesses and organizations across the world increasingly demand more biligual job candidates with multicultural experience.
Why Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is the safest, most economically and politically stable country in Latin America. The country is often referred to as the "Switzerland of the Americas" because of its vision for peace and neutrality. In 1987, former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias won the Nobel Peace Prize for his continuous work in promoting peace and ending conflict throughout Central America. Costa Rica abolished its army in 1949, re-directing military spending towards national education and health care. Today, Costa Rica's 95 percent literacy rate is among the highest in the world, and its health care system offers accessible, inexpensive medical care. Its people, commonly known as Ticos, are among the kindest in Latin America. Their warm smiles and sincere desire to help foreigners has made Costa Rica an ideal place to visit.
Costa Rica also offers visitors an incredible range of adventures and activities. Here, you can find it all: from white water rafting and rain forest canopy tours, to scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing, to hiking Volcan Arenal, birding in Monteverde, and turtle watching in Tortuguero. Every week CPI assists students in arranging a variety of afternoon and weekend excursions through local professional tour companies.
Our students come from all over the world to study Spanish. Since 1991, CPI has taught thousands of students, from four years old to over 90, from Europe to Asia to North America, from college students to CEOs to retirees. CPI provides the best combination of intenisve Spanish study, cultural immersion, and easy access to lush rain forests, tropical beaches and bustling towns of Costa Rica. With three separate campuses, each offering the same first-rate facilities, faculty, teaching methodology, and warm family atmoshpere, CPI is your best choice for learning Spanish in Costa Rica.
How to Apply
Designed for students at any level of Spanish to improve proficiency. While the primary program is 3- or 6-weeks long, it is possible to study for as little as 2 weeks. Please apply online both on ISUAbroad (click Apply Now button) AND at the following website to receive a 10% discount from listed prices. (Please use the Promo Code: CPI-UCREDITS-ISU.)