“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
What does this mean?
- DATES AND FEES
Nestled between mountains, Heredia offers a unique Latin American experience. You'll find great academic opportunities at top-ranked Universidad Nacional, all within the reach of ecological sites, national parks, beautiful beaches, and nearby hiking trails. So, sit back and enjoy a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee as you embrace the Pura Vida.
Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Universidad Nacional Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.
This program combines the best of integrated campus life with familiarity of small discussion-based program combine the following IFSA exclusive courses with those directly-enrolled at UNA alongside local students. All coursework is in Spanish
Advanced Spanish (4 U.S. semester credits): This intensive Spanish class is specially designed for IFSA students and is mandatory. The course is offered at two advanced levels, and placement is determined by an assessment during the orientation in Costa Rica. The class is taught intensively at four hours per week throughout the semester.
Ecology and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica (3 U.S. semester credits): The course will address aspects of the history of ecology, as well as conceptual components of the ecosystems and the ways they interact with the environment. This requires an approach to ecology as interdisciplinary science enabling understanding of its importance in the recovery, preservation, and protection of the environment. This course is specifically designed for IFSA students and is integrated with Costa Rican students; however, it is dependent on minimum enrollment. Students interested in this might consider direct enroll courses at UNA in topics such as: Clean Technologies, Drawing and Interpreting Environmental Plans, Environmental Policy and Legislation, Environmental Economics, Food Security, Forest Hydrology, Fundamentals of Energy, Plant Illnesses, and Plantation Management.
Note that if you have native or near—native Spanish reading and writing skills and would like to be considered for exemption from the Advanced level Spanish course, please speak with your Program Advisor.
As an IFSA student, you will enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and space is available. While course descriptions may be found online, course syllabi may not be available until the beginning of your semester. Click here for the on line course catalog and follow these steps:
- Click on a departmental link ("leer más) in which you would like to look for courses.
- Next, click on "descargar plan" to download a PDF of the course listings in the Carrera
- You will see a tentative list of courses that may be offered during the year.
*Please note that UNA's online course listings are not often comprehensive. If a particular department or course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for assistance.
If course descriptions or syllabi are not available online, contact your IFSA program advisor. Provide the following information in your request, and keep in mind this may take up to a month to obtain.
- University department/facultad
- Course title
- Course number (if available)
Development of Education and Education Models: This UNA-based course contrasts theory with classroom practice developed in the Costa Rican educational system. It also seeks to encourage in students the development of attitudes and values surrounding ethical, environmental, political, social, cultural and gender issues, consistent with the vision developed by educators themselves that serves to fight for equality, solidarity and other promoters of a more just society. Students build their courseload with the Advanced Spanish program course and 3 integrated courses at Universidad Nacional's prestigious School of Education and other departments. An optional non-credit workshop preparing students for the ACTFL test is available.
- All courses are conducted in Spanish by UNA faculty members. Students who place into a lower-advanced Spanish level may not be eligible for more advanced coursework.
- You may only take 1 course from Estudios Generales and 1 course from Escuela de Arte.
- Licenciatura-level courses, such as those located in Estudios Latinoamericanos (IDELA), are only available to students with an extremely high level of Spanish and currently hold senior status at their U.S. institution.
- The Escuela de Literatura may limit enrollment in literature courses to students with very good command of the language, have received high grades in previous Spanish courses, and who place into a higher level of Spanish during orientation.
- Nivel 1 corresponds with first-year courses; Nivel 2 corresponds to second-year courses, etc.
- I Ciclo (primer ciclo) is a U.S. spring semester (January to July); II Ciclo (segundo ciclo) is a U.S. fall semester (July to December)
- Anual refers to full-year courses.
- When the word Latina appears alone in a course title, it means classic, not Latino ethnicity. This applies mostly to literature courses.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
This program may have supplemental fees. Please check with your IFSA Program Advisor.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
Student, New Zealand
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
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