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Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing: Host Family
Program Length: Academic Year, Semester Program Type: Provider
Minimum GPA: 2.70 Class Status: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

CCCU Best Semester at Costa Rica Latin American Studies 

AT A GLANCE/LOCATION | PROGRAM TERM | AREAS OF STUDY  |  COURSE INFORMATION  |  HOUSING INFORMATION  |  COSTS |  STUDENT LIFE  | APPLICATION PROCESS  |  STAFF CONTACT



AT A GLANCE/LOCATION

Your LASP courses allow you to think critically about your Latin American experience by connecting your surroundings with your classroom discussions. It’s the place where you sip coffee and develop relationships through a common language. It’s the local restaurant owner who welcomes you and teaches you about real international business. And it’s your homestays expanding your view of our cultural differences as well as similarities.

During LASP, you’ll encounter new voices of praise, different approaches to international affairs and steadfast social virtue. As you live with different host families, allow day-to-day realities of Latin American life to permeate your perspectives. Interact in Spanish with politicians, forward-thinking business owners, rural farmers and church leaders. Then develop your own voice, one that will serve you in your vocation, ongoing education and spiritual growth.​

Pre-Requisites for Program/Eligibility

CCCU requires a 2.7 GPA to be considered for this program.
PROGRAM TERM 

FALL SEMESTER:  Early September – Mid December 
SPRING SEMESTER:  Early January – Mid April
ACADEMIC YEAR: Early September - Mid April
AREAS OF STUDY 
  •  History
  • Literature
  • Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Musicology
  • Art
  • Science

COURSE INFORMATION 

Click here for course information from CCCU.  
HOUSING INFORMATION 

Each student will live with 3 different host families in the course of the semester, allowing a broader view of Central American family life.  During the first segment, each student is placed with a carefully-selected family that lives near LASP. Students live briefly with a family during the trip to Nicaragua, and during the final weeks of the semester students live with and work alongside families outside of the greater metropolitan area of San José. The families who are chosen to "adopt" one LASP student each semester come from a cross-section of the Christian community. Families are urged to integrate students into normal family lives as much as possible. Homes may be relatively simple, so students may share a room with a "sister" or "brother." When appropriate, students should expect to help out around the house. Meals will likely be very simple and students will be served the same food that their family eats. Rice and beans are staples in Costa Rica and are usually eaten once or twice a day.

COSTS

1. Administrative Fee: $150


2. Belmont Tuition:

Student will first pay Belmont tuition and then be charged a Program Fee for the difference in total provider program cost and what has already been paid for Belmont tuition. If the provider program costs less than Belmont tuition, the student will only be billed Belmont tuition.


3. Airfare  
Students are responsible for booking their own international travel. It is recommended that students wait to be accepted fully into their program before booking their airfare. 

4. Other 
Meals are not included.
Visas require a fee.
Personal Expenses.
Click here for more information about additional expenses.

STUDENT LIFE

Arriving in Costa Rica, you sense there's a bigger picture than just the scenery. You are about to be immersed into the diversity of Latin America’s history. You’ll step into a contemporary society rooted in tradition with people who are sincere and accepting. Live in San José. Journey to Nicaragua for a week and a half. Walk the vibrant roads of Limón. Travel not as a tourist, but as an ambassador to this complex culture. You may see wealth.  You will see poverty. You will learn of Latin America from Latin Americans – in the classroom, during our trips, and in your homestays.​
APPLICATION PROCESS

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
  • Spring Semester Programs: October 15
  • Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: March 31 
How to Apply

1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in.
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.

This program has a two-step application process:
 
Step 1) Belmont’s Study Abroad Office application, which requires:
  • Passport photocopy
  • Online questionnaires
  • Signature documents 
Step 2) The Provider application, to be completed SIMULTANEOUSLY with Step 1:
  • You must submit the provider application and all requested documents directly to the provider by the Belmont Abroad Office deadline, regardless of the deadlines set by the provider organization.
  • Instructions for completing the provider application will be provided on your Belmont Abroad Office application. You should contact the provider directly if you have further questions about the application.
  • Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted both the Belmont application and the provider application. 

STAFF CONTACT

Jasmine Marecle

Office of Study Abroad • JAAC 1009
jasmine.marecle@belmont.edu

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/28/2019 12/08/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.