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Heredia, Costa Rica (USAC) Academics

Eligibility

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins.  No prior Spanish language study is required. 

Courses

Semester/Year Long Students:
Students may enroll in 12-18 credits per semester, with most students choosing 12-15 credits. Students will enroll in Spanish language courses at the appropriate level and can choose elective courses in environmental and Latin American studies. Elective courses may be taught in English or Spanish. Course selection may change from term to term, but for a list of course offerings, see USAC's website and click the appropriate term.  Course availability is subject to student interest and enrollment.  

Internships:
Qualified students may apply for internships during their time abroad. These internships are designed to complement the academic program. As a result, interns receive credit (a maximum of three) but no financial compensation. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. USAC will attempt to place students in their field of interest, but it is not guaranteed. You finalize your internship placement after you are onsite in Costa Rica and final say will be made by the internship sponsor. Students need to have a GPA of 3.0 and be in junior standing by the time the program begins. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment and must be able to communicate at an advanced language level. In certain circumstances, relevant work experience may be required. Past placements have included a Biodiversity Park outside of Heredia, UNA's History Museum, a downtown Heredia hotel, etc. Students should complete the necessary internship materials prior to arrival in Heredia. A refundable $100 fee is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.  

Whether or not an internship will come back as internship credit for your major will vary.  Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisors to discuss what completing an internship abroad will do for them.   

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

To view a list of courses and how they will come back to UW-Eau Claire, you can click on the documents below (please note there are different years represented):
2018-2019 course equivalencies (for fall 2018, spring 2019)

2019-2020 course equivalencies (for fall 2019, spring 2020)

The Spanish course offerings change very little from year to year but the electives may change.   

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at regrec53@uwec.edu after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Language Immersion

All Spanish and Latin American Studies majors and minors in any of the emphases offered must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country where the language is spoken. This program meets the language immersion requirement. 

Academic Calendar

You may study in Heredia for the fall or spring semester, or for the full academic year. The fall term runs from August-December; spring term runs from January-May. To see program dates, visit USAC's website, but please note that exact dates will be finalized the semester prior to departure.