API in San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica: Intensive Language and Culture summer


The Instituto San Joaquín de Flores affords students in both semester and summer programs the ability to take courses taught by Costa Rican faculty from local universities. All coursework has been specifically designed for American students with the goal of maximizing their linguistic and cultural exposure. The location of the Instituto takes advantage of the beautiful natural environment, with picturesque views of distant mountains and volcanoes. Small class sizes and attentive professors, combined with the incredible beauty and tranquility of the grounds of the Instituto, create an unparalleled environment for learning. Transcripts for courses completed at the Instituto are issued by U.S.-accredited Fairfield University. 

This summer program at the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores focuses on intensive language and culture for students at the intermediate level of Spanish and higher. Students complete up to two classes for a total of 6 semester credits per session. Each student’s language level is determined via a placement exam administered upon arrival by the Instituto San Joaquín de Flores.

Intermediate Level:

  • Intermediate level students will complete two, three-week intensive Spanish courses
  • Each course meets for three hours each day, five days per week

Advanced Level:

  • Advanced level students compelte two courses, each equivalent to 3 semester credits
  • Students may choose from advanced-level grammar and conversation courses, as well as elective courses in a variety of other subject areas, including cultural studies, film, history, literature, music, and tropical ecology
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