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Program & Admission Information - Santa Ana, Costa Rica  



The methodology used is that of "Constant Contact". Students develop a wide range of personal contacts with native Spanish speakers as a result of their daily routine, such as chatting with a staff member on the morning jeep ride out to the Santa Ana campus, asking the gardener about a particular variety of citrus fruit, sharing a recipe with the cooks, or punching out a homework exercise with a member of their Costa Rican host family.

The Language Programs

In Santa Ana, we offer a choice of either 4 hours per day, 20 hours per week, or 5 1/2 hours per day, 28 hours per week.

Students are tested on the first day of classes, right after the orientation session. Small, homogeneous groups are formed, maximum four students per group. Students are exposed to a new instructor for each week of the program. The instruction is entirely in Spanish, and each week a specific grammatical sequence is presented. The instructors are skilled in blending conversation with grammar to meet the individual needs of the group members. A portion of each day is dedicated to the correction of workbook exercises, and about one hour per day of homework is required. Students are frequently moved from one group to another during the program to maintain smooth functioning and to maximize individual progress. Students are frequently moved from one group to another during the program to maintain smooth functioning and to maximize individual progress.

Children Program
The Children's Program is limited to children 6 - 12 years old, whose parents are enrolled at the school. The program includes lodging with the parent(s) in a Costa Rican homestay. Each program is tailored to the child's age and language proficiency. Programs are taught by experienced instructors and include two hours per morning of formal classroom instruction and two hours of supervised recreational activities entirely in Spanish. These activities may include coloring, puzzles, games, videos or sports.

Child Care Program
The Child Care Program is available only to children whose parents are enrolled at the school, and includes lodging with the parent(s) in a Costa Rican homestay. The supervision is for children between the ages of 1 and 5, and takes place in the homestay or on-campus

Volunteer Opportunities
We can assist those students interested in volunteering in Costa Rica while they study by getting in contact with organizations in the area. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity in Santa Ana, and retirement homes and rehabilitation centers in San Jose are some examples.

*Please Note that this is not a formal volunteer program. We do not formally organize or offer support to these organizations or programs.

For A-Day-At-A-Glance view of the program.

08:15 Arrive at School by Jeep
08:30 - 10:30 Classes
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break (fruit, snack)
11:00 - 13:00 Classes
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - Classes for Intensive Program Students (Group 28 hours per week)

* Day-At-A-Glance is a sample day and will vary depending on enrollment, time of year, lodging, etc. It is designed to show content rather than precise scheduling.


Admissions & Academic Credit

We welcome students age 17 years and older regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study programs should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Conversa has arranged study programs for many U.S. colleges for which credit has been given. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

For more information about academic credit in Spanish speaking countries, please click here.
For general information on academic credit, please click here.

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