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  • Locations: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.50 (may be flexible) Language of Instruction: Spanish, Spanish and/or English
Year in School: May apply as first year student; must have at least soph. standing by program begin Coordinator: Jenna Krosch
Additional Learning Opportunities: Internship Additional Eligibility: Good academic, conduct & financial standing at UWEC
Program Description:
CR Heredia USAC

Program Summary & Location

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has partnered with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) to offer students the opportunity to study Spanish language and culture in Heredia, Costa Rica. With the Latino population in the U.S. continuing to grow, there will be an increased demand for professionals in many fields with knowledge of Spanish and an understanding of Latin American culture. Courses are taught at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA). The university has four campuses located throughout Costa Rica - its main campus in Heredia hosts over 19,000 students. The university is only a few blocks from downtown, which gives you a chance to interact with locals and experience the culture. Costa Rica La Paz waterfall

Heredia was founded in 1705 and is known as the Ciudad de las Flores (City of Flowers). The city is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, coffee plantations and ranches, and is one of the gateways to the majestic Poás Volcano. It offers the peace and natural beauty of a smaller city, while providing easy access to the capital - only 25 minutes by bus to San José. With two other universities also located in Heredia, the city has a college town feel and always offers something to do. Nearby places to explore are the INBIO Parque, Monte de la Cruz, and La Paz waterfall gardens. Heredia is central enough that it is an easy bus ride to all corners and coasts of the country.


To learn about eligibility requirements, academic course offerings, how courses transfer back to UW-Eau Claire, and the academic calendar, click the following button:
Academics - Costa Rica: Heredia Semester/Year (USAC)  Academics - Costa Rica: Heredia Summer (USAC)

Student Life

USAC provides and onsite resident director and staff to assist all students in the transition to studying in Heredia. To see more on what resources they provide and special notes on the program, click on the following button: 
Support - Costa Rica: Heredia

While on this program, students will have some field trips built into the program cost and some optional field trips/study tours for a very affordable rate. To see what field trips/study tours might be offered, visit USAC's site

Housing & Meals

During the program you will be living with a host family, which offers an excellent opportunity for you to learn about family life in Costa Rica and practice your Spanish! Past students say that living with a family is one of the most valuable parts of their study abroad experience. You will learn as much at the dinner table as you do in the classroom. You will receive three meals a day from your host family. 
Costa Rica Futbol
By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate. 
 Spring 2019  Summer 2019  Fall 2019

Learn More & How To Apply

Still have some questions? We have peer advisors for a variety of programs, click here to see if we have one available for this program. If there isn't a peer advisor, the study abroad coordinator would be happy to answer your questions. You can schedule an appointment with a peer advisor or coordinator by calling 715-836-4411. 

Explore pictures from past students - coming soon!

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Ready to apply?! Click here to read our application instructions. Then return to this page and click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/08/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019 02/08/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 02/08/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.