Fall semester (late August to early December)
Program sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Enrollment: Maximum of 25 students
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, & seniors with prior background in Spanish language required.
Application deadline: March 15 (internal Luther application process must be completed by March 1)
Since 1974, the fall ACM Costa Rica program has prepared students to explore Central America and beyond through an intensive and extremely effective Spanish language program, as well as coursework and experiences that further develop language skills, while deepening understanding in particular fields of student interest such as Public Health, Education, and the Environment. Field trips within Costa Rica give students an appreciation for the country’s astounding biodiversity, and for the cultural and historical elements that contribute to the nation’s distinct path within Central America. A highlight of the program is a month-long rural community practicum, where students experience rural life in Costa Rica by living with campesino families, while participating in a community engagement project and making great strides in Spanish proficiency. Throughout this fall semester program, students live with host families in San José near to the Universidad de Costa Rica and the ACM center in San Pedro. Students will make weekly visits to local sites, and are involved in activities to become more actively engaged in the local community. The program schedule offers ample opportunities for independent travel to Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches, mountains, and forests. While all ACM courses are offered in the ACM program center, a cooperation agreement with the nearby Universidad de Costa Rica gives students access to cultural and sports facilities, and provides a wealth of opportunities for interaction with local Costa Rican university students, giving students a taste of Latin American student life.