Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Sciences
This program is designed for students of all language levels who wish to either immerse in the Costa Rican culture and become more comfortable with the Spanish language, or study environmental sciences in a country that is a renowned world leader in the field of environmental conservation. Depending on the chosen subject area, this program will provide a comprehensive base in the liberal arts while giving students the opportunity to gain further insight into Latin America or gain an extraordinary insight into the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to west; in between, you'll find everything from lush cloud forests to sunny beaches, rural villages to thriving urban centers. The capital city of San José is home to about 1.6 million people and is situated in the Central Valley, guarded by majestic volcanoes and tropical rainforests. This democratic nation takes great pride in the fact that it has more teachers than policemen, and has not had a standing army in more than 50 years.
Renowned for its natural beauty, enlightened conservation, and friendly people, Costa Rica draws visitors from all over the world. CEA students can look forward to experiencing the Costa Rican attractions and lifestyle through trips to Arenal Volcano, natural hot springs, and waterfalls. They'll explore tropical forests and experience first-hand the unique Afro-Costa Rican culture of Puerto Viejo.
Chapman University maintains a record of the courses that previous Study Abroad students have taken, and the equivalent Chapman credit that was granted for each course. To view the course equivalencies for this program, click “View Sample” under Pre-Approved Courses at the top of this brochure page. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all courses available at the institution. You may view the entire course catalog this program on the CEA website. Students are encouraged to propose additional or revised equivalencies during the application process, which will be evaluated by the appropriate academic units on campus.
Credit and Grading Transfer
Credits are articulated based on U.S. credit equivalencies and credit hours earned.
Courses are graded according to the US grading conversion scale.
Students must enroll in the equivalent of 12-18 Chapman credits.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Classes taken as ‘Pass/Fail’ will not be accepted, with the exception of internships. Internships must be approved by the Center for Global Education.