CIS Abroad - Summer in Costa Rica - Spanish for Health Professionals

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Spanish for Health Professionals in Costa Rica is designed for students preparing to enter any healthcare field who would benefit from Spanish proficiency. This program offers a health course taught in English and a Spanish-language course focused on health-related vocabulary. You’ll be based in the vibrant capital of San José at Universidad Veritas. When you aren’t studying, you can explore nearby volcanoes, zip line over the rainforest, hit the beach, and sip some of the best coffee in the world with classmates at a local café!

  • Multiple healthcare-focused courses taught in English are available
  • One of the most environmentally diverse countries on the planet
  • Cooking classes, dance classes, and sports events that help you bond with your classmates
  • Spanish-immersion courses at all levels with no prerequisites
  • Homestays that include two meals a day


CISabroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study abroad. We're unapologetically committed to increasing access to international education for all students.

$250 - $500

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  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 6.5
  • Fun 7
  • Housing 7.5
  • Safety 6.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

A spanish summer in the sun

I spent 5 weeks taking spanish for health professional courses in Costa Rica this past summer. While I loved that no spanish previously was needed to enroll it did make communication with my host family difficult (whom were amazing but didn’t speak English). The excursions on the weekends were breathtaking and I recommend going on as many as you can. I enjoyed the locations were more of local spots and not your typical tourist spots. Swimming with bioluminescent one night was something that I will remember forever. Overall my experience taught me more about both Spanish and myself than i expected, and I’m forever grateful for my time abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Due to difficulty communicating abroad I think a series of online spanish courses prior to departure would be extremely helpful
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Intense Fun and Learning

I signed up for this study abroad program to fulfill my love of travel, learning and take relevant classes to my major (occupational therapy). As an avid traveler, I couldn't imagine my college experience without studying abroad, and I am glad I made the leap. CIS helped me work through all the paperwork that needed to be filled out and was quick to answer any questions I had prior to departure. During the program, there were constantly activities to do- at the school, with CIS or just in San Jose. Although there was homework, we still had time to explore our home away from home and get to know the area. The classes were interesting and relevant to my major- all of the classes were primarily with other American students but we were from all over the UA and studying with different programs at the same university. This allowed us to make friends with other students who weren't studying with CISabroad as well. Living in a host home was the most beneficial way to immerse ourselves in learning Spanish. My host mom didn't speak any English so whenever we were at home, we had conversations with her in Spanish. She was patient with us as we were learning and helped correct our grammar which improved my confidence in speaking Spanish. Overall, the experience was phenomenal and I am so glad I chose this program to fulfill my dream of studying abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Have more options of in-country travel (hotels we stayed at, ways to travel on our own, etc). Some of the excursions we took left us less-than-satisfied with the hotel experience and the bus schedule was daunting to figure out so we never took the buses.
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