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Costa Rica Summer Teacher Institute

Summer Teacher Institute

SUNY Cortland, in affiliation with the Universidad VERITAS, is pleased to offer its summer institute for teachers of Spanish in San Jose, Costa Rica. Participants will spend two weeks living with Costa Rican families, attending classes and visiting sites of cultural and historic significance.

Participants have the option to earn three or six credits at the graduate level from SUNY Cortland. Three credits are earned during the component of the course that takes place in San Jose. Students earn an additional three credits after returning to the U.S. upon satisfactory completion of the second half of the course, conducted via the internet using Blackboard.


City, Country 

San Jose, Costa Rica




2014 Dates: July 12th - July 26th

Arrival in San Jose: July 12th, 2014
Return Flight to U.S.: July 26th, 2014 

This program is offered every other even year


2.5 GPA

Application Deadline

2014 Application Preference Date: March 15th, 2014 
April 1- June 1: Applications accepted under the condition that the Non-Web Registration Form is submitted within 2 weeks of acceptance with full payment of billable charges (program fee, tuition and fees).

Download, complete, and return:  Costa Rica Summer Teacher Institute Application, Costa Rica Summer Teacher Institute Reference Form(no need to submit SUNY Application), and Home Stay Preference Form. Current graduate matricultated students must submit and official transcript from their home campus.

Non-Cortland Participants must return completed Judicial Review  (to be completed by home campus jucial officer if current graduate student. Working professionals not currently enrolled in a matriculated graduate program should complete page one only) and Code of Conduct (all participants)  along with the application.

Program balance is due upon billing from SUNY Cortland's Student Accounts Office. All checks should be payable to SUNY Cortland International Programs - Summer Institute/Costa Rica. Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards will be accepted.

Space is limited to 15 participants on a first-come first-served basis, however, at least 10 participants are required. Space is not guaranteed until non-refundable deposit is received.

Travel Information

Participant will be responsible for travel arrangements

Program Costs

2014 Budget - 3 Credits

2014 Budget - 6 Credits

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Program Course Information

3 Credit Option: Participants will earn three graduate credits for successfully completing course expectations for the in-country portion.

6 Credit Option: Participants will earn six graduate credits for successfully completing course expectations which include:Classroom instruction in Costa Rica plus subsequent class via Blackboard upon return to U.S.

Please note that the online portion of CONNECTING CULTURES VIII (CCVIII) continues immediately after the end of the in-country portion, in other words there is no break.  There are several ensuing deadlines for the required coursework throughout the end of July and half of August, all of which require regular online access.  All course requirements must be completed and all materials submitted according to stated deadlines.  Alterations to these dates and extensions will not be granted.  If you are unable to arrange your personal summer plans to accommodate this rigorous schedule, please plan to join us in the summer of 2016. 

 Instructor: Jean LeLoup - CV. Co-Instructor: Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart - CV.

2014 Course Syllabus

2014 Itinerary


All Participants Live with Host Families and Are Provided Two Daily Meals.

Host Website

Universidad Veritas
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Program Advisor

Contact Hugh Anderson, SUNY Cortland Study Abroad Advisor, for any questions you may have.