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Spanish Program

The Spanish Program at Universidad Latina of Costa Rica was born in 2006 to promote learning of Spanish in linguistic and cultural immersion's context. The center is in the facilities of the University in Heredia. Each year we welcome more than 400 students of different nationalities in our classrooms, especially from the United States.

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Courses

Our program offers both face-to-face and virtual courses. We use the TEAMS platform for the online courses, which is completely free for the students. Before any course, students will take an online placement test with the Program Coordinator.

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Language

We apply the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to define the levels of Spanish in this program; according to this, we offer A1, A2, B1, and B2. The duration of each level is one month, with 60 contact hours (180 minutes per class). We distribute the levels in the following modules:

Beginner

Prepares you to understand and use frequently used expressions related to your immediate environment: family, shopping, activities, and places of interest, occupations, etc. Besides, you will be able to communicate in simple and direct exchanges of information. You will be able to talk about aspects of your past and immediate needs.

1: Beginner A1

2: Beginner A2

Intermediate

Prepares you to communicate at an independent level in everyday interactions related to vacation, work, and study. Also, you will be able to deal with most situations that may arise during a trip; therefore, you will be able to describe experiences, desires, aspirations, and give your opinions or explain your plans.

1: Intermediate B1.1

2: Intermediate B1.2

Advanced

Prepares you to understand complicated texts, also technical if they are related to your specialty. Besides, you will be able to communicate with native Spanish speakers quite fluently and naturally, so communication will be effortless. You will be able to produce cleared texts on different topics and defend a point of view on a problem.

1: Advanced B2.1

2: Advanced B2.2

Course offer:

  • Face-to-face / online
  • Intensive Courses: 60 hours, 4 weeks.
  • Regular Courses: 60 hours, 12 weeks.
  • September 13th 2021 to December 3rd 2021.
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Cultural and Linguistic Electives

To continue learning Spanish and to have a broader command of the language, our program offers cultural and linguistic electives in Spanish. These courses are 45 hours long.

Intermediate Electives

To take the following courses, you would need an intermediate level of Spanish (B1).

Latin American Civilization And Culture

Latin American Civilization And Culture

The course seeks to provide a general framework of the main historical, socio-cultural, economic, and political aspects, through the analysis of Latin American cultural products, so that students can explore, appreciate and understand the cultural diversity that makes up this region.

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

This course will help students improve aspects of their pronunciation and intonation so that there is no interference or misunderstanding during their interactions. Besides, you will be able to learn about the linguistic varieties of Spanish and understand the diversity of the Spanish language.

Conversation And Culture

Conversation And Culture

It focuses on the study of common and idiomatic expressions of Costa Rican culture to allow an understanding of the different contexts where language is produced: social, economic, cultural and political. Besides, students will be able to learn about Costa Rica's geography, history, education, health and issues.

Advanced Electives

For students with an advanced level of Spanish (B2), they can deepen their knowledge of the language through the following courses:

Latin American Film

Latin American Film

The course is designed so that the student has, through the viewing and analysis of different Latin American films, a general overview of social, political and economic issues in the region. It will be a matter of pointing out the crossovers, discussions and overlaps that appear in each film, the context of production and the territory of which it speaks or of which it arises, to arrive at a creative approach to socio-cultural and historical manifestations in Latin America.

Latin American Literature

Latin American Literature

This course aims to give the student an approach to the literary proposals of Latin American authors, to give him/her a panoramic vision of the aesthetic diversity developed in the region. The analysis will include discussion of the texts, and the relation with the economic, social and political contexts. The study of texts from the Modernist movement to Contemporary Literature will be carried out.

Advanced Oral And Written Expression

Advanced Oral And Written Expression

This course is designed for the student to develop communication skills through the study of oral and written communication. The aim is for the student to acquire strategies and techniques to speak and write concisely and effectively so that he or she can manage in different communicative situations.

Advanced Grammar

Advanced Grammar

This course will help students deepen and perfect their knowledge of Spanish grammar so that they become familiar with complex structures that will allow them to communicate more effectively.

Course offer:

  • Face-to-face/ online
  • Intensive Courses: 45 hours, 3 weeks.
  • Regular Courses: 45 hours, 12 weeks.
  • September 13th 2021 to December 3rd 2021.
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Spanish with Specific Purposes

To learn Spanish in professional contexts and to be able to develop in different ones, our program offers the Spanish courses with specific purposes. Classes are available for students with B1 and B2 level. These courses are 45 hours (180 minutes per class). Besides, students have the opportunity to complement it with an internship in a company in the country.

Business Spanish

Business Spanish

This course focuses on the communication skills needed to understand and interact in different work settings and to be able to function effectively in them; in addition to knowing the socio-cultural particularities in the text of work in a company or business development in Latin America.

Spanish for Health Care Workers

Spanish for Health Care Workers

In this course, the main objective is to develop the communication skills necessary to understand and interact in different scenarios that happen in the relationship between doctor and patient. There is special attention to the lexicon. Also, the student will learn about the characteristics of the Costa Rican health system.

Spanish for Teachers

Spanish for Teachers

Students and teachers who take this course will have the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for their interaction with Spanish-speaking students and different contexts in which they must operate. Similarly, students will learn about the characteristics of the Costa Rican education system.

Spanish for Journalism

Spanish for Journalism

This class focuses on the communicative needs of students in the Communication career who wish to perfect their use of Spanish in oral and written texts for newspaper publications and other communication platforms. As a transversal axis, there will be analyzed socio-cultural aspects in the news presentation.

Spanish for Sustainable Tourism

Spanish for Sustainable Tourism

This course is for professionals in the area of tourism who wish to develop the communication skills required in tourism contexts, customer service, management, reservations, and tour guides. Also, the student will be able to learn about the development of sustainable tourism in Costa Rica and the various options offered in the country.

Spanish for Digital Marketing

Spanish for Digital Marketing

With this course, the student will be able to manage in Spanish in different digital platforms, create an advertising campaign in social networks, and master the records of the written language. Besides, emphasis will be placed on the socio-cultural aspects of Spanish to create more efficient marketing messages.

Course offer:

  • Face-to-face/ online
  • Intensive Courses: 45 hours, 3 weeks.
  • Regular Courses: 45 hours, 12 weeks.
  • September 13th 2021 to December 3rd 2021.
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English Electives

 

 

International Business
Neuromarketing
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Courses with Locals

For students with an advanced level of Spanish (B2), you have the possibility of taking courses with Ticos in different areas. For example, Business Studies, Hospitality, Gastronomy, Social Sciences, Art, and Design. This allows greater language and cultural immersion. Also, there is the possibility of transferring credits to your home university. These courses are 45 hours (180 minutes per class).

Students Reviews
Faith McGilvray

Faith McGilvray

“Aprendí un montón del programa de ULatina. Disfruté mucho la oportunidad de conocer a estudiantes ticos. También aprendí mucho de español y de la cultura tica de mis profesores fabulosos y las actividades muy divertidas que hicimos en clase. Estoy muy agradecida para esta oportunidad única en un país maravilloso”.

Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick

“¡Me encantó mi experiencia en Ulatina! Aprendí más español y conocí personas que cambiaron mi vida. También los maestros fueron increíbles. Es una universidad con recursos excelentes y los maestros muy comprensivos”

Application Requirements
  • Be a college student or High School Graduate
  • Take the Spanish Level Test
Enrollment Information
 
Programa de Español | Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

Laura Brenes Porras
Coordinadora del Programa
Correo electrónico: 
laura.brenes@ulatina.cr
Tel.: 
(506) 2277-8233