Costa Rica Immersion

A fully-immersive 8-week language and service program: April 9–June 5th, 2021

Only a few spaces remaining! We recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure your spot on the program. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2021.

Explore Costa Rica and make a hands-on impact this Spring.

Thinking about doing something different this semester? Taking time off from school doesn’t have to mean staying at home or being unproductive.

Make the most of your gap with our 8-week service and language immersion in Costa Rica. Sharpen your Spanish, make a hands-on contribution to a community and ecosystem in need, and earn college credit while you’re at it (IRL).

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Program Itinerary

Module 1 Weeks 1-4

Language Immersion

4 Weeks Costa Rica

Your program kicks off with a brief orientation, where you'll meet your fellow travelers and get to know San José before heading to Tamarindo for your 4-week accredited Spanish course.

You'll live in a homestay or the school residence, and take Spanish classes at our gorgeous EF campus. Classes are typically a few hours a day, giving you plenty of time to explore and hang out with friends. Did we mention campus is just steps away from the Pacific Ocean?

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Module 2 Weeks 5-8

Service Learning

4 Weeks Costa Rica

Collaborate with local social enterprises to support community efforts and protect endangered species. Highlights include sea turtle conservation in Corcovado National Park, rain forest exploration at Manuel Antonio National Park, and English teaching and after school mentorship in San José.

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Module 3 Week 8

EF Leadership Academy

3 Days Costa Rica

Wrap up your Costa Rican immersion with a three day Leadership Academy where you’ll reflect on your experiences and how you can apply what you’ve learned to your future—and hone your global leadership skills.

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Earn College Credit

You could earn up to six semester hours of credit through our educational partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. Enroll in the corresponding courses at SNHU to receive credit for your participation in our program:

Language and Cultural Fluency
(3.0 CREDITS)
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Civil Service in Modern Society
(3.0 CREDITS)
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Program Fee

Tuition for this 8-week program is $12,500, and scholarships are available. Tuition includes:

  • Airfare & Transportation

    Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop in your itinerary

  • Room & Board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Classes & Activities

    Language classes, service projects, and excursions led by local guides

  • Global Support Network

    One-on-one mentorship and travel support before and during your program

  • Language Classes

    Tuition for 4-week course at EF's accredited language school

Risk-free cancellation means you can book with confidence.

Thinking about traveling in the coming year? Our flexible booking policies and risk-free cancellation options mean that you can book your gap experience with confidence. For more details, speak to one of our EF Gap Year Advisors, or see our full booking conditions here.

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Looking for more info?

Get an inside look into what you'll be doing and learning on the program in this webinar led by Rebecca Barr, Manager of Institutional Relations at EF Gap Year.

This session was recorded on January 26, 2021.

We only have a few spots left! Apply now while spaces last.

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