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Heredia, Costa Rica (USAC) Summer Academics


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. 


Students can enroll in either Summer Session I (5 weeks), Summer Session II (3 weeks), or both I & II (8 weeks).  Course availability is subject to student interest and enrollment.  To find a list of course offerings, please refer to USAC's website and select which session you are considering.  

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies
To view the list of summer 2019 courses and how they come back to UW-Eau Claire, you can click the document below:
Summer 19 course equivalencies.pdf

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, six credits of the Foreign Culture requirement can be waived upon successful program completion for Session I or both Sessions I & II. Three credits of the Foreign Culture requirement can be waived upon successful program completion for Session II only.  The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at 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.  Enrolling in both sessions I & II meets the language immersion requirement.  

If Spanish or LAS students would like to use session I as partial credit of the immersion requirement, they will need to contact either the Spanish Section Head or the LAS Department Chair to discuss approval for partial fulfillment of the immersion requirement.  Students MUST get approval BEFORE applying.  Session II will not fulfill partial credit of the  language immersion requirement. 

Academic Calendar

The summer program dates vary depending on the term you choose to go. To see program dates, visit USAC's website, but please note that exact dates will be finalized the semester prior to departure.