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Academic Programs in Heredia

Students may choose from the following Academic Program options:

Academic Year

Year programs are open to beginning through advanced level students. During this program students can enroll in a variety of Spanish Language courses, business courses in English and Latin American Studies courses instructed in Spanish. In addition, advanced-level students can enroll in courses with locals instructed in Spanish in a variety of subject areas. Beginning level students are required to enroll in Beginning Spanish, but Intermediate and Advanced students can take all of their courses in English if so desired. Courses are taken with local and international students.

Semester / Trimester

The semester program is open to students of all levels of Spanish proficiency, beginning to advanced. During this program students can enroll in a variety of Spanish Language courses, business courses in English and Latin American Studies courses instructed in Spanish. In addition, advanced-level students can enroll in courses with locals instructed in Spanish in a variety of subject areas. Beginning level students are required to enroll in Beginning Spanish, but Intermediate and Advanced students can take all of their courses in English if so desired. Courses are taken with local and international students.

Summer

The summer program at the Universidad Latina is designed for students at the intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish. It is ideal for students who need to complete a full 90 hours of Spanish language instruction during the 5-week session in order to earn six credit hours or nine quarter units of Spanish. Students may conveniently select from two sets of summer dates. Students are placed into a language level according to the number of semesters/quarters of college-level Spanish they have previously taken. The classroom environment is made up of ISA and international students.

Service-Learning/Internship

ISA is committed to offering students opportunities to go beyond the classroom and participate in a service-learning or internship program while abroad.

ISA's Service Learning and Internship division, ELAP, offers opportunities to work at local organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. ELAP-facilitated programs are available independently or may be combined with an ISA academic program. All ELAP programs encourage personal and professional growth, develop language proficiency, and facilitate meaningful community engagement. Students will develop an ELAP Portfolio throughout the program, documenting their projects, hours, and program activities.

In addition to ELAP-facilitated programs, several of ISA's host institutions offer internships or service-learning opportunities in addition to coursework. Students who choose this option will be enrolled in an ISA program and elect to take an internship or service-learning course through the host university and, upon completion, receive a host university transcript for their coursework.

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This option allows students to combine summer programs.