College of Arts and Sciences

Study Abroad in Costa Rica with WIU!

WISE Costa Rica, Summer 2019

Please contact the Foreign Language Department to find out Interest Meeting dates.

6 hours Spanish credit

June 2 ─ 30, 2019

Program Overview

The Western Illinois Spanish Experience-Costa Rica program (WISE Costa Rica) offers a four-week immersion in Spanish language and culture while also providing on-site guidance and mentoring by a Department of Foreign Languages faculty member. Excursions and tours of historical and cultural sites provide a greater understanding of Costa Rican history and culture. Lodging with host families improves your Spanish proficiency and gives you opportunities to make life-long connections. Extracurricular activities such as Costa Rican cooking, Tropical Dance lessons, and yoga classes allow you to explore other facets of Costa Rican culture and interact with your fellow students.

This Study Abroad Program is conducted in cooperation with the Center for International Programs at Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica. Founded in 1975, it enjoys an excellent reputation within the Latin American academic community and is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica as a degree granting university. Its location in San José provides convenient access to the natural beauty of Costa Rica as well as the rich cultural heritage found in the capital city. With an enrollment of over 1,500 students, it offers much more than Spanish instruction; it is a niche for you to develop your cultural abilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to all students, faculty, and staff from both Macomb and Quad Cities campuses as well as to students from other universities. All majors welcome! No previous experience in Spanish required. Non-degree students are also welcome to apply for this Study Abroad Course and should contact Kim McDaniel for additional requirements. Total enrollment is limited to 20 participants.

Undergraduates should have:

  1. completed at least 12 semester hours
  2. a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. good standing with Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives
  4. clearance from Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures

Credit Offered: 6 hours of Spanish total

SPAN 361 (3 hours, taught by WIU faculty) plus 1 Spanish language course (3 hours) taught by Universidad Veritas instructors (equated to appropriate WIU course). Placement in the Spanish language course is dependent on courses previously taken and is determined by Foreign Languages. You are required to attend a mandatory pre- departure orientation session conducted by the Study Abroad Office.

For more information or to apply, visit:

Office of Study Abroad Programs Wise-Costa Rica Page

See pictures from previos trips in the photo album on our Facebook page:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Margarita Obregon, Leader
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Morgan Hall 305D
(309) 298-1557

 Kim McDaniel, Advisor
Study Abroad Office
Horrabin Hall 8
(309) 298-2504