• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• No language pre-requisite for 3-week winter and 6-week summer programs. The 8-week summer internship program requires that students have completed through Spanish 204 prior to the start of the program.
• 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Spanish language courses
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Spanish language, literature, and civilization.

Classroom Language



Local Hosts

Program Duration

Summer: June – July
Winter Intersession: Late December – Mid-January

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Winter Intersession 2016-17  9/30/2016
Summer 2017 Advanced Language and Internship 2/3/2017
Summer 2017 Spanish Language 2/3/2017

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Costa Rica, San Jose
UW Spanish Language in Costa Rica

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Live and learn la vida local through the culture and language of Costa Rica! Whether your Spanish skills are at the 101 level or the advanced level, you'll be able to further your Spanish language in Costa Rica on this summer or winter program. You will attend COSI-Maximo Nivel, a language school in San Jose offering Spanish language education at all levels.

You can choose to go on either a three-week program during winter intersession, a six-week summer language program, or an eight-week summer advanced language and internship program. The UW Spanish Language Program is specifically designed to match the Spanish course offerings at UW-Madison.

In addition to courses, COSI-Maximo Nivel offers you cultural activities, and opportunities to take advantage of the local scenery, including a visit to a nearby volcano.

San Jose is Costa Rica's capital city with a population of 370,000 people. COSI-Maximo Nivel is located in San Pedro, a neighborhood east of downtown San Jose. You'll be a short bus ride from the city center. San Jose is a city where visitors of the entire world converge; a metropolis full of interesting places, faces, and colors reflecting the history of a population.

Learning Objectives

IAP has overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Gain competence with the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture
  • Engage with fellow UW students
  • Experience intentional immersion in a supportive environment
  • Develop a literacy in day-to-day life in San Jose
  • Achieve personal development and the ability to adapt to a new culture