Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Truman, in partnership with the Conversa Intensive Spanish Program, offers students the opportunity to study abroad in the tropics of Costa Rica. Located in Santa Ana, only 20 minutes outside the capital city of San Jose, Conversa’s mountaintop campus has something for everybody. The facilities include volleyball and basketball courts, a dining hall, lounges, a swimming pool, lodges and other recreational facilities which are available for use on the weekend. Costa Rica offers a rich cultural and environmental atmosphere for students with many national parks, volcanoes, beaches and wildlife refuges.

Conversa offers four-week sessions all throughout the year. With no previous study or knowledge of the Spanish language required, students are given a placement test to determine the appropriate level of study upon arrival. Classes have no more than four students each and are taught by different instructors each week to help strengthen conversation and oral comprehension skills. Students earn six to eight credits. For more information, click here.

Conversa will take care of all housing arrangements. Students will be housed with host families in the surrounding neighborhoods. Lunches from the campus lunchroom and transportation to and from the school is included in the program cost. Breakfast, evening meal and laundry are provided by the family, along with insight to Costa Rican culture and the opportunity for students to practice Spanish. On-campus lodgings are available but are offered at an additional cost.

For more information about the Costa Rica Conversa program, click here.

To apply, fill out a Truman online application and send a statement of purpose, official transcripts, a copy of passport and two letters of recommendation to the study abroad office in Baldwin Hall 106.

For more information about studying abroad, contact the Center for International Education/Study Abroad, Baldwin Hall 106, 660.785.4076,

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