University Credit in Costa Rica

University credit is available for COSI’s programs. Our courses in Costa Rica can fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements. There are two ways to get university credit for your program at COSI:

1. California State University-Monterey Bay (CSUMB)

– Spanish Immersion
– Volunteer Abroad & Service Learning
– International Internships

2. Your University

– Spanish Immersion
– Volunteer Abroad & Service Learning
– International Internships

University Credit in Costa Rica

CSUMB—Monterey Bay

At COSI, our Spanish Immersion, Volunteer Abroad, and International Internship programs are approved for university credit through our official School of Record, California State University Monterey Bay. CSUMB is an accredited 4-year university and is part of California’s state university system. As COSI’s School of Record, CSUMB has already verified the quality and academic standards of our programs. CSUMB awards university credit and issues your official transcript for the courses you take in Costa Rica.

Your University

At COSI, we work directly with many universities and we can make sure that you get credit for your program. If you take Spanish courses at COSI, the course syllabus must be approved by the director of the Spanish department at your home university prior to starting class. At the completion of the program, a transcript is sent to your university.

COSI’s 100 and 200 level programs are offered in both San Jose and Manuel Antonio in small group classes. The 300 level courses are primarily offered in San Jose, but may be available in Manuel Antonio on special request.

In COSI’s university programs, we teach 5 lessons per day for a total of 25 lessons per week. Each lesson is 55 minutes. Students are evaluated before starting the program. If the student´s level is lower than the level required for the class, extra classes must be scheduled until the required level is met.
SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I
Spanish 101 is a first-level language course designed for students who have not previously studied Spanish or those with a low-basic level. The course creates a foundation in grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills, with additional exercises in reading, writing, and listening while exploring Latin American culture. Course methodology is based on the communicative approach, emphasizing conversation in Spanish.

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
Spanish 102 is a continuation of Spanish 101. Students at this level have a very basic working knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language. The course builds upon the elementary grammar, vocabulary, and other language skills learned in Spanish 101. Course methodology is based on the communicative approach, emphasizing conversation in Spanish.

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I
Spanish 201 is an intermediate level Spanish course. The course reviews the fundamentals of Spanish grammar as well as introduces new grammar, vocabulary, and other language skills. Course methodology is based on the communicative approach, emphasizing conversation in Spanish and the development of reading, writing, and listening skills.

SPAN 202: Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish 202 a continuation of Spanish 201. Students at this level have a pre-intermediate to intermediate working knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language. The course builds upon the grammar, vocabulary, and other language skills learned in Spanish 201. Course methodology is based on the communicative approach, emphasizing conversation in Spanish and the development of reading, writing, and listening skills.

SPAN 203 SL: Spanish for Service Learning
Spanish 203 SL is a service learning course with the goal of exposing students to local culture and language and providing them with a setting where they are able to continue to form their global perspective and identity. Students are placed at local community projects where they work within the structure created to aid at these projects in their long‐term goals. The course focuses on themes of social justice and long-term community impact.

SPAN 301: Composition & Conversation I
Spanish 301 is designed for the high intermediate to advanced Spanish student. The course focuses on speaking and writing in Spanish. This course incorporates different techniques for speaking and writing: formal/informal, presentational, narrative, descriptive, professional, conversational, etc. The course makes constant use of brainstorming, organizing ideas, drafting and editing, and presenting spoken and written Spanish, which means active class participation is necessary.

SPAN 302: Composition & Conversation II
Spanish 302 is a continuation of Spanish 301 (Composition and Conversation I). The course focuses on speaking and writing in Spanish. This course incorporates different techniques for speaking and writing: formal/informal, presentational, narrative, descriptive, professional, conversational, etc. The course makes constant use of brainstorming, organizing ideas, drafting and editing, and presenting spoken and written Spanish, which means active class participation is necessary.

SPAN 350: Latin American Literature
Spanish 350: Latin American Literature is designed to introduce students to Latin American writers. Through stories, essays, poetry, music, and theatre, students explore political, economic, and cultural aspects of Latin American societies. Students read, discuss, and analyze assigned readings every day and students must actively participate in class. Students are also required to complete daily reading assignments and write their own short stories and poems in Spanish.

SPAN 360: Latin American Civilization & Culture
Spanish 360: Latin American Civilization & Culture examines the history of Latin America from Pre-Columbian civilizations through the present. It is intended to complement the student’s concurrent immersion experience. Pre-Columbian and colonial periods are analyzed as a historical background for the postcolonial development of Latin America. The course explores economic, political, intellectual and cultural trends throughout history. Particular attention is given to the enduring issue of social and racial inequality and the ways that the interactions of dominant and subordinate groups have helped shape the course of Latin American history. The course also focuses on national state formation, the evolution of capitalist economies, and the social, political, and cultural implications of these historical processes.

SPAN 361: Modern-Day Latin America
Spanish 361: Modern-Day Latin America is designed for the intermediate or advanced Spanish student who already has a foundational understanding of major historical events in Latin America leading to its current state. In this course, students examine regional case studies to increase their understanding of the characteristics of Latin America’s political, economic, and cultural institutions and systems. Students also analyze major modern events and headlines, learning to interpret them in a politically and culturally sensitive way.

SPAN 370: Medical Spanish
Spanish 370: Medical Spanish is designed to expand the student’s vocabulary and proficiency in Spanish for healthcare. The course focuses on building medical vocabulary and developing speaking, writing, and presentation skills in Spanish within the context of healthcare. This includes study and research on various healthcare topics, role-play scenarios, research, significant vocabulary acquisition, and, when possible, guest speakers and visits to local clinics or hospitals.

SPAN 371: Business Spanish
Spanish 371: Business Spanish is designed to expand the student’s vocabulary and proficiency in Spanish for business. The course focuses on building business vocabulary and developing speaking, writing, and presentation skills in Spanish within the business context. The course also examines topics on business protocol and etiquette in Latin America and Spain.

SPAN 380: Intercultural Communication
Spanish 380: Intercultural Communication focuses on learning about culture through people’s daily practices in order to apply culturally-sensitive communication techniques in a practical way. Students develop an understanding of Latin American values in social and linguistic practices as well as common greetings, excuses, and requests. Students are required to participate in the Tandem Conversation Program, and will submit a final reflection paper, comparing their own experiences in Latin America with the theories and techniques discussed in class.

SPAN 420: Advanced Spanish Grammar
Spanish 420: Advanced Grammar is designed for advanced-level Spanish students. In this course, students analyze and practice advanced grammar topics and apply their learning in both speaking and writing contexts. Special attention is paid to idiomatic expressions and colloquial usage. The Avanzando text includes periodical and literary excerpts to present advanced grammar topics and activities.

SPAN 480: Advanced Spanish Conversation
Spanish 480: Advanced Spanish Conversation is designed for advanced-level Spanish students. This course combines linguistic study with cultural exploration of Latin America, and is intended to accompany the student’s immersion experience in a Spanish-speaking country. The emphasis of the course is on conversation and vocabulary acquisition. Other language skills, including grammar, writing, and reading help to provide context for speaking activities. Students also learn common idiomatic expressions, slang, and other conversational features to help them achieve “native-sounding” Spanish.

DELE Exam Preparation
This course is designed to prepare the student for the DELE Exam (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera). The associated Diplomas earned upon passing the various exams are official titles certifying degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The Instituto Cervantes organizes examination sessions, while the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain designs the exams, and is in charge of corrections and the final evaluation of all exams.

DELE exams are divided into six levels. Ultimately, although Maximo Nivel provides all students with a placement exam and instruction specific to their individual needs and level, it is up to the student to decide which DELE exam to take. For more information about the exam, levels, and test dates and locations, visit www.dele.org and https://examenes.cervantes.es/es/dele/que-es.

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Earn university credit for your volunteer service in Costa Rica via COSI’s School of Record California State University Monterey Bay. To be eligible for university credit through CSUMB, your service learning program must be at least 4 weeks long. During your service learning program in Costa Rica, you work 3-4 hours each day (60-80 total hours) and you complete five (5) required Guided Reflection Workshops. You must also keep a daily field journal and write a final paper about your experience. The course is designated SPAN203SL – Service Learning. While it is designated as a Spanish course, this program does NOT require previous Spanish language experience and the guided reflection workshops are in English. A syllabus is available on request.

Service Learning programs available for university credit include:
– Working with Children
– Teaching English
– Construction
– Animal Care
– Indigenous Communities
– Medical & Healthcare
– Conservation

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Earn university credit for your internship program in Costa Rica via COSI’s School of Record California State University Monterey Bay. COSI’s International Internship program promotes intercultural communication and provides the opportunity to develop both academic knowledge and practical skills in Spanish language and a professional field of your choice. This program is designed to provide professional work experience in Costa Rica in a structured, supervised environment. During your International Internship program, you work 6 hours each day and you complete five (5) required Guided Reflection Workshops. You must also keep a daily field journal and submit a final project about your experience. A syllabus is available on request.

International Internship programs available for university credit include:
– Education (K-12)
– Special Education
– Micro-Business
– Hospitality & Tourism
– Human Rights
– Medical

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COSI customizes programs for university groups which gives each group a personalized learning experience. Faculty leaders and group coordinators choose which tours, activities, and classes are included in their program.

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Universities that Partner with COSI:

Central Arizona College, Michigan State University, Millsaps College, Wayne State College, Davenport University, Lake Michigan College, Minnesota State University (Mankato), Goucher College, Hampden-Sydney College, Meridian Community College, Clayton State University, University of Missouri, Community College of Philadelphia, University of Mississippi, North Central College, New Mexico State University, Queens College, Jamestown Community College, University of California San Diego, Wells College, Lynn University and University of Saint Francis.