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Costa Rica - Semester in San Jose with AIFS

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Information on these pages was provided by Tiffany Wendt (Biology, '13) who attended a semester in Costa Rica during Spring 2012.

Program Description

I studied abroad for a semester in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, through a program called AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study), with all of my credits transferred back to Nazareth College.  You can visit the AIFS website to learn about courses, costs, and scholarships.  The following descriptions are based on my personal experience.

Program Components

Courses:  Courses taught in English are available in the arts, business, economics, ecotourism, environmental science, film studies, international relations, photography, physical therapy, political science, social science, Spanish language, plus literature and linguistics for advanced Spanish level students.  One Spanish language course is required.  More course information.

Excursions:  Included in the program fee are excursions to Manuel Antonio National Park, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs Spa and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.  Details on excursions.

Friends:  Studying abroad in Costa Rica allows you to meet people from all over the world and the United States.  Making friends is one of the highlights of studying abroad, with long-lasting friends and connections being one of the best things I took away from this experience.  Traveling around the country by bus was easy and inexpensive which allowed my friends and I to explore a different town together every weekend!  We learned about amazing places to visit through other friends and students that we met at the university.  Traveling examples.

Scholarships Available:  A number of scholarships and grants are available to students both within AIFS and through other programs, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.  The Gilman Scholarship and bonus scholarship from AIFS are the scholarships I received to study abroad.  More Gilman scholarship information.

Homestay/Family & Culture:  The homestay is the best way to learn Spanish and get involved in the culture.  You will live with a local family within walking distance of campus.  You will have your own bedroom (with internet!) and may share the house with other AIFS students.  Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the family and lunch can be purchased inexpensively at the cafeteria on the university campus.

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