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Maymester in Costa Rica

The ecological beauty of Costa Rica is marvelous. Stunning beaches, an active volcano and exotic wild animals are only a few of the things  that one experiences in Costa Rica. The scenery, unique flora and fauna and the warmth of its people make this region so special and worth visiting.  Coastal Carolina University is pleased to send its students on this three·week Maymester program to San Jose, Costa Rica. This is an excellent opportunity to earn university credit while acquiring or improving conversational Spanish skills in a uniquely beautiful country. To supplement your academic experience, the following excursions have been included in the program: a guided bus tour of San Jose; a walking tour of the area surrounding the school; Latin dance class; cultural cooking class; visit to National Park and Beaches of Manuel Antonio; visit to Arenal Volcano and Hot Water Springs; and visit to the National Museum. While in San Jose, students will live with carefully selected host families. Room and board will consist of a private room with breakfast and dinner provided each day. Students will be met at the airport by a representative from the language school and be driven to their respective homes to unpack and settle in. The next morning a host family member will escort the student to classes and return that afternoon to acquaint the student with the bus route. If a student has particular dietary needs, he or she will be placed with a family who can accommodate those needs.

Preliminary Itinerary:

Date

Location/Types of Activities

May 12, 2013

Depart from Myrtle Beach International Airport
Arrival in Costa Rica
Pickup of the students and transfer to the host families
Dinner with the host families

May 13, 2013

Orientation and beginning of classes
Spanish classes with IECR instructors (4 hours)
Spanish classes by CCU professors

May 14, 2013

Spanish classes (4 hours) with IECR instructors plus sight-seeing tour of San Jose
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 15, 2013

Spanish classes, (4 hours) with IECR
Spanish classes by professors from CCU
Latin American dancing lessons

May 16, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 17, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU
Visit national parks and beaches of Manuel Antonio. Hotel Accommodation

May 18, 2013

National Park and Beaches of Manuel Antonio. Hotel Accommodation

May 19, 2013

National Park and Beaches of Manuel Antonio. Return to San Jose in the afternoon 

May 20, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 21, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 22, 2013

Tour to Rainforest Aerial Tram

May 23, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 24, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 25, 2013

Volcano Arenal and hot springs
Visit to National Park Volcano Arenal with hotel accommodation
Visit nocturnal observatory of the volcano

May 26, 2013

Visit hot springs. Return to San Jose in the afternoon

May 27, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 28, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 29, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU
Cultural cooking classes

May 30, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU

May 31, 2013

Spanish classes, IECR (4 hours)
Spanish classes by professors from CCU
Excursion to the National Museum
Graduation and reception of certificates

 June 1, 2013

 Free Day

 June 2, 2013

Transfer to the airport

 
Meet The Program Leaders

Jose Luis Mireles
E-Mail: jmireles@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2442

joseluis 
 Mr. Jose Luis Mireles is a Senior Instructor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Coastal Carolina University and has taught at the University since '99. He has multiple-year experience taking groups of students abroad and has been taking students to Costa Rica for the University's Maymester program since ‘06.

 




Alberto Perez
E-Mail: japerez@coastal.edu
Phone: 843-349-2447

albertoperezDr. Jorge Alberto Pérez has many years of experience teaching Spanish in Nicaragua and the U.S. He is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Coastal Carolina University and has taught at the University since 2002. He has several years of experience taking groups of students abroad. He first accompanied students to Costa Rica in 2003 and has also traveled to Spain with students for the University's Maymester program.







Frequently Asked Questions:

When is the deadline for application?

The priority deadline for this program is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.  The general application deadline is Nov. 30, 2012, but some programs may be full by this deadline and so applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


How do I apply for the program?

Applications for all short-term study abroad programs must be submitted via the online link at: https://www.coastal.edu/academics/international/studyabroad/application/.  Each complete application will include personal contact information, health form and participation fitness certification, acceptance of the terms of the study abroad agreement, statement of purpose, academic reference, personal reference and copy of your transcript, along with a deposit of $500 toward the cost of the respective program paid to Student Accounts.  Should you not be accepted for the program, your deposit will be returned to you; otherwise your deposit will be applied to program costs.  The priority deadline for submitting a complete application is Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.


When does this program take place?

This Maymester program takes place May 12 - June 2, 2013.


What is the cost of this study abroad program?

The cost of this program is $2,990 and includes:

  • Language instruction at the Instituto de Espanol Costa Rica S.A. (IECR)
  • Lodging and meals
  • International air and local transportation
  • Field trips
  • Trip insurance

Coastal Carolina University tuition will be billed separately at the rate of $290 per credit hour. Maymester tuition bills are due May 9, 2013.


When are payments due for the program?

Deposit

$500 due with application

Second Payment

Dec. 14, 2012 - 1/3 of remaining balance

Third Payment

Jan. 18, 2013- 1/3 of remaining balance

Fourth Payment

Feb. 15, 2013- pay remaining balance

Final Payment – tuition only

May 9, 2013

All payments are to be made to the Office of Student Accounts for credit to the respective study abroad program.  The payment due dates are fixed.  If payments are not received on or before the due dates, students will be dropped from the program.


What is the refund policy?

If after submitting your application and paying the $500 deposit, you are not accepted into the program, your deposit will be refunded within two weeks.  If Coastal Carolina University finds it necessary to cancel the program, all payments made will be refunded.  In the event the participant finds it necessary to cancel, we will make every effort to refund monies paid, less the $500 deposit and any funds already committed to vendors for the program.


How many credit hours can I complete during this program?

Three credits will be awarded for either SPAN 130: Introductory Spanish III or SPAN 330: Approaches to Literature and Culture. Upon your return with your certificate from Instituto de Espanol Costa Rica S.A. (IECR), you will receive three transfer credit hours for SPAN 350: Spanish Language Study Abroad.


Does this course/program satisfy core curriculum requirements?

Spanish 350 has been approved to fulfill Goal 5b requirements.


Are there any prerequisites for this study?

SPAN 120 is a prerequisite for SPAN 130; SPAN 210 is a prerequisite for SPAN 330.


Are scholarships or financial aid available for this program?

The Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award is available to assist graduates of accredited high schools in Horry County to participate in these programs.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ACCEPTED INTO A SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP. To determine whether you have additional eligibility for financial aid during the summer short term study abroad programs, please see your financial aid counselor in Kingston Hall.  Scholarship applications are due in Office of International Programs by Nov. 2, 2012.  The application for the scholarship can be accessed here: Horry County Higher Education Commission International Awareness Award, 2012-13.


Do I need vaccinations to participate?

Coastal Carolina University adheres to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Please visit the website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ for information regarding your particular destination.


What are the physical demands for this program?

Participants should be in good physical condition as extensive walking is involved.

 

For More Information, Please Contact:

The Office of International Programs & Services

Geoffrey Parsons, M.Ed.
Director, International Programs & Services
843-349-2054 / parsons@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119


Lori Patterson, M.P.S.
Coordinator/Advisor, Study Abroad
843-349-2684 / lori@coastal.edu
Singleton Building 119