Summer Intensive Course in Costa Rica

Group on Excursion GW Costa Rica


The International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), in conjunction with the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, offers a unique optional summer program that prepares students for complete immersion in the fall semester courses at GW's host institutions in Chile. Through this five-week intensive seminar on Spanish Development Studies from early June to mid July, students strengthen their writing and communication skills in Spanish.

The Spanish for Development Studies course also aims to introduce students to Central and Latin American issues and progressively develop their understanding of the region. Topics include cultural diversity, economic and trade integration, security, foreign relations, poverty and sustainable development. This summer course transfers back as a 6 credit GW Spanish Course (SPAN 3011).

By encouraging use of Spanish in the classroom, at home with the host family and in daily interactions with local people, the summer study program helps students become more confident with their language skills and prepares them to study alongside local university students. 


Students are placed in homestays with carefully chosen Costa Rican families.  The homestay includes a furnished private room, two meals a day and laundry service.


Two weekend excursions are included in the summer program. Past groups of students have gone to Punta Leona on the Pacific Coast and Rio Celeste in northern Costa Rica.

Field trips

Students benefit from fascinating field trips and visits to sites of interest related to the subject and the country's current events, such as the Costa Rican Congress, Electoral Tribunal, Supreme Court, Ombudsman Office, Inter-American Human Rights Court, University for Peace, and others.


Please note this is only offered to students studying on GW Chile in the fall semester or academic year. Please visit GW Passport to start an application.

Note: There are NO extra tuition and housing costs for this program.  Students are responsible for airfare.