This program offers courses at the low and high advanced levels of Spanish proficiency. Classes are taught at the Universidad Latina, Heredia with other international students.
Heredia is a great location for the student looking for a truly unique Costa Rica experience. Heredia is a city that is emblematic of the Costa Rican lifestyle and makes for a perfect study abroad destination. The city showcases pleasant plazas, lush green spaces and parks, and friendly people enjoying their days. The smell of coffee wafts into the streets from nearby homes and from the many coffee plantations that surround the city. Some people say life in Heredia really is la pura vida (the pure life). The university town is not far from San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, so the big city is just a bus ride away. That being said, with so many events and activities in Heredia, students tend to argue that there is no reason to leave.
Ohio State students are required to live in a homestay. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day (except for excursion days) and laundry service once a week. Students have their own bedroom, although there may be another ISA student living in the same homestay. Every family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable and immersive living situation.
Each course a student takes abroad, regardless of the grade received or how course credit counts toward degree requirements, must:
Be approved via the credit evaluation process; students are strongly encouraged to do this priorto submitting their applications.
Transfer back to the student’s Ohio State record.
Be completed for graded Ohio State credit. This grade will be factored into the student’s GPA.
Completion of the credit evaluation process does not guarantee the availability of the course abroad. Students are encouraged to have multiple back-up courses approved. Students who cancel their participation for failure to secure approval for desired course work will be subject to the cancellation policy.
GPA & OSU course prerequisites determine eligibility; refer to the eligibility section.
All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival. Level of testing placement and course enrollment are not guaranteed.
Course offerings and equivalencies are subject to change based on student interest and university availability.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has reviewed and pre-approved specific courses for this program. Please call 614.292.8485 to schedule an appointment to do the following:
You must complete these steps PRIOR to submitting the ISA application.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, 3.0 Spanish GPA, successfully complete Spanish 2202 (low advanced) or Spanish 3450 (high advanced) and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Students may not graduate during the same term in which they are participating on a third party provider/direct enroll program.
Application instructions: This application process takes advanced planning. Students should not plan to start the application process within one week of the deadline due to the number of elements involved.
Applicants are required to submit TWO applications:
1. OIA education abroad application (start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page);
An academic reference from a current/recent Ohio State Spanish language instructor is required. Students with no Spanish language course experience at Ohio State may select an Ohio State instructor from the subject of their choice to provide the recommendation.
IMPORTANT: Students are required to obtain approval from Ohio State via completion of the ISA credit verification form (please see "courses and credits" section for additional information) before starting an ISA application.
ISA requires all applicants to submit a non- refundable deposit of $95 at the time of application.
All elements of the ISA application must be completed by the Ohio State deadline. This includes the online application, application supplement (credit verification), official Ohio State transcript, service learning supplement page (if applicable) and resume (if applicable). Students are advised to order an electronic copy of their transcript and request it to be emailed directly to their ISA Program Manager. Online order requests may be completed on Buckeyelink under "Academics and Records."
Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay the ISA program fee (minus a $200 discount given to OSU students) and International insurance fee. A waiver of tuition for Ohio State students that participate on university-approved third party provider or direct enroll programming is in effect until June 30, 2021. The ISA program fee includes instruction, volunteer/internship placement, room and meals with a host family, on-site orientation, excursions and transfer from/to the airport. Airfare, books/supplies, personal expenses and independent travel are not included in the program fee
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification from OSU, they will be held responsible for a $200 cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
An ISA representative will be on campus to hold drop-in advising hours. Sign in at the front desk in Room 140 Enarson Classroom Building.
Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.