About the Program

Many participants travel independently to study Spanish at the Spanish by the River Spanish school in Turrialba, a beautiful highland community in central Costa Rica, surrounded by natural and cultural wonders. You'll live with a host family and enjoy a wide range of activities including traditional cooking classes, salsa dance lessons, hikes, and volunteer opportunities. Additional weeks of study and volunteerism and alternate schools and locations are possible, including the school's sister programs in Bocas del Toro and Boquete, Panamá.

This is independent travel study so you pick the dates; classes typically begin on Mondays. You'll study for 3 or 4 hours per day either morning or afternoon and can register for 1 to 4 weeks and receive 60 Clock Hours/PDUs or 6 quarter credits (equivalent of 4 semester credits) per week.

PLEASE NOTE: The Heritage Institute courses receive Continuing Education Quarter Credits awarded by Antioch University Seattle at the 400 and 500 levels. Call 800.445.1305 or log onto The Heritage Institute’s website policies page for more information.


For information about similar programs in other Latin American countries as well as credit for volunteer and cultural learning projects, click here or on the bottom link, below. Contact information is available on the Registration Form.
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