Earn 2 – 3 credits in only 2 weeks at CPI in Costa Rica!
Classes begin every Monday at all three beautiful CPI locations
Students travelling alone to Costa Rica may earn university or high school transfer credits while studying at one or all three of our fantastic CPI locations in Costa Rica. Students earn approximately 2-3 credits in 2 weeks and credits are issued from one of the following participating U.S. universities: New Mexico State University (NMSU), Brookhaven College or University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Approved credits are then transferred from the issuing entity (either NMSU, Brookhaven, or USM) to the student’s own school. Starting any Monday, students may earn 2-3 credits over a 2 week period (or 6 credits over a 4 week period or 12 credits over an 8 week period).
The enrollment process is simple.
First, the student must register with CPI to ensure space is available in our program.
Once the student has received the CPI registration confirmation, s/he will contact the issuing entity (NMSU, Brookhaven College or USM) and register directly for the transfer credit program.
Students pay CPI for the on-site program in Costa Rica and pay the issuing entity directly for the transfer credits & study abroad registration. The number of credits selected determines the minimum number of weeks the student must study in order to fulfill the credit requirements.
Cost Estimate: 2 weeks CPI Spanish classes + homestay (includes breakfast & dinner) = $1,100 + 2 credits & university registration $510 = $1,610.00. The cost varies according to the credit issuing institution, number of class hours, lodging options, etc.
Sign up today and earn credits while studying Spanish with CPI in Costa Rica!
Please reference below for more detailed information.
OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS TRAVELLING ALONE TO COSTA RICA
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND
TRANSFER CREDITS THROUGH NEW
MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
The CPI Spanish program is approved for transfer credits through the New Mexico State University (NMSU) for "Language Credit via Distance Education" program. Undergraduate credit for beginner to advanced courses is available and is transferable to other accredited universities. Graduate credit is also available.
Requirements and Policies for Students:
In order to receive credits for classes taken at CPI, students must contact the Office of Study Abroad at NMSU PRIOR to leaving for Costa Rica.
NMSU Students may receive university transfer credits for classes taken at CPI Heredia, Monteverde, and Flamingo through the Office of Study Abroad at NMSU.
Students must take the 5,5 hour-program a day . For every three weeks of studies between CPI Heredia and CPI Monteverde , students may take classes at CPI Flamingo for one week.
W hen filling out your CPI registration form, please sign up as a NMSU (via distance education) student, in the credits part. You may send your CPI registration form at http://www.cpi-edu.com/application.htm
The NMSU system
New Mexico State University makes several programs available to non-NMSU students wishing to earn graded credit for intensive study of Spanish. Graded credit is issued by NMSU for Spanish 111-112 (beginning), 211-212 (intermediate), 305 (topics in Hispanic Civilization), 325 (advanced conversation), and a graduate-level 590 course (Advanced Studies in Hispanic Civilization and Cultures). Check with the NMSU for additional courses that may become available.
The course instructor uses a WebCT course for orientation and language skill evaluation to determine placement level. Then, students accepted into the program travel to the cooperating institution abroad (CPI) to pursue intensive instruction and integration in local culture. Course progress is monitored by e-mail correspondence, WebCT assignments, and at the end of the formal instruction the student returns to WebCT to take an exam and fill out a final evaluation.
Students who are not currently attending NMSU may apply as long as they are in good standing academically at their home institution. Students need to receive permission from their home institution to transfer NMSU credit to their university. Since students are not accompanied by NMSU instructors, students must possess the maturity of character and work ethic to succeed in a self-directed program. Students must comply with NMSU's pre-departure orientation requirements.
Study Abroad application
and processing fee (non-refundable) due at time of application.
Fee includes non-degree admission to NMSU, ISIC card and
two NMSU transcripts.
||85 per credit
NMSU will bill students for the
credits for which they wish to earn from NMSU. Transcripts
will be released once program is completed, work is evaluated,
credits are recorded, and all program fees have been paid to
NMSU and the host language institute (whose charges are additional).
|55 per month
for UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
2 weeks NMSU SUMMER PROGRAM
(Friday, December 26th 2014 - Saturday,January 10th 2015)
open to non-NMSU university students
In only 2 weeks earn 4 to 6 NMSU university transfer Spanish credits.
Non-NMSU university students pay $2,605 for the 4 credit program (divided in the following manner: a $350 application fee, $55 for insurance and a $85 per credit fee directly to NMSU; and $1,860 to CPI for 2 weeks of Spanish, homestay, cultural activities and tours as noted on itinerary); $2,775 for the 6 credit program (divided in the following manner: a $350 application fee, $55 for insurance and a $85 per credit fee directly to NMSU; and $1,860 to CPI for 2 weeks of Spanish, homestay, cultural activities and tours as noted on itinerary).
For a copy of the itinerary or more information on registering with NMSU for the credits please contact:
BROOKHAVEN COLLEGE - CURRENT STUDENTS & BROOKHAVEN COLLEGE - DISTANCE PROGRAM
CPI has established a direct relationship with Brookhaven College in Dallas , Texas so that both current Brookhaven College students and students from other colleges and universities can earn credits through their Multinational Academic Program ( MAP ). The Immersion Language Experiences available through these programs are an affordable means for students to experience valuable language and cultural immersion opportunities that provide a sound basis for more advanced study of the language.
1. Credits for Current Brookhaven College Students:
Current students at Brookhaven College have the option of obtaining college credits for a variety of Spanish courses. To apply for this credit program, please contact Brookhaven College to receive information about this opportunity.
2. Credits via Distance for Students from Other Universities:
The CPI Spanish Program is approved for transfer credits through Brookhaven College by enrolling in Study Abroad/Individualized Distance Learning courses. For information about this, please send an email request to Brookhaven College to ask for information about their Multinational Academic Program ( MAP ) . Once you have received that information, be sure to seek advance approval from your institution, since each district, college, or state has its own policies regarding the types of credit it will accept. In the meantime, do not delay to make your free application for admission to Brookhaven College by applying on-line at
MAP for Study Abroad
World Languages Division
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244-4997
TRANSFER CREDITS THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (USM)
Through USM CPI Spanish immersion participants can earn beginner and intermediate Spanish transfer credit as:
1. Independent students - whether they be at the university or professional level.
2. An individual minor student -- for example, a high school student participating in our Teen Camp or traveling with their family.
3. Participants of high school travel groups.
Requirements and Policies for USM Transfer Credit Students:
. In order to receive credits for classes taken at CPI, students must contact USM PRIOR to leaving for Costa Rica.
. USM transfer credit students may receive university transfer credits for classes taken at CPI Heredia.
. Students must register for at least the 4 hour-program per day . The credits are organized in the following manner:
NUMBER OF CREDITS
MINIMUM NUMBER OF WEEKS AT CPI TO EARN CREDITS (20 hours of class per week)
2 weeks of Spanish classes- intensive course
3 weeks of Spanish classes- intensive course
4 weeks of Spanish classes- intensive course
5 weeks of Spanish classes- intensive course
6 weeks of Spanish classes- intensive course
8 weeks of Spanish classes- intensive course
12 weeks of Spanish classes- intensive course
. When filling out your CPI registration form, please sign up as a USM (via distance education) student, in the credits part. You may find your CPI registration form at www.cpi-edu.com/application.htm
The USM System
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) makes several programs available to non-USM students wishing to earn graded credit for intensive Spanish study. Graded credit is issued by USM for Spanish 181 & 182 (mid beginning and high beginner), 281 & 282 (low intermediate and high intermediate).
Students are evaluated utilizing the following criteria:
20% Attendance and class participation
20% Written assignments
20% Final written Project or Presentation
20% Final exam
Students who are not currently attending USM may apply as long as they are in good standing academically at their home institution. Students need to receive permission from their home institution to transfer USM credit to their university. Since students are not accompanied by USM instructors, students must possess the maturity of character and work ethic to succeed in a self-directed program.
ACADEMIC CREDITS THROUGH YOUR UNIVERSITY
To obtain academic credit for classes
taken at CPI directly through your university, you should follow
the required procedures indicated below:
First, the student should inquire about the
policies of the university in regard to acquiring university
credits via Spanish courses offered outside of the country.
The student must inform CPI of the university
policy as well as provide the name, phone number, and e-mail
address of the university staff member responsible for approving
credits. The name of the academic institution should also be
Upon receipt of the information solicited in
point #2, CPI requests academic credit approval from the indicated
university staff member as well as provides detailed program
information and any additional documents that are required. CPI
does not charge an additional fee for this service.
Once in Costa Rica, CPI follows the necessary
procedures approved by the respective university. The student
is expected to fulfill all university requirements, without exception.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT ARRANGE
THIS BEFORE STARTING YOUR PROGRAM, YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO EARN CREDITS
FROM CPI. WE NEED TO KNOW THE UNIVERSITY’S REQUIREMENTS IN
If you have further questions about
obtaining university credits, click
For example, the following universities
accredit CPI classes for their degree students:
Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
Northeastern Illinois University, IL
Anderson University - Anderson, IN
Ohio University – Athens, OH
ADDITIONAL UNIVERSITY CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES AT CPI
Another available credit option includes the situation of university professors accompanying a group of students from their respective university. For some university groups the primary focus is Spanish language acquisition and for others, the concentration is Spanish language acquisition with a professional focus, such as medical Spanish, Spanish for social workers or Business Spanish. For more information about Groups at CPI click here. CPI has worked in this capacity with the following universities:
Since 2000 Texas A&M has coordinated its Latin American summer semester abroad through CPI. The university sends professors to teach Texas A&M credit courses and CPI, in addition to Spanish classes, homestay, cultural activities and excursions, provides a cultural comparison course for which their students also receive course credit. The professors responsible for establishing this collaborative program are Dr. Laura Stough and Dr. Patricia Lynch.
JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
Dr. Leilani Baumanis had a vision for a full semester business course abroad and after 2 exploratory visits brought the first group of Johnson & Wales students, including students from all 4 JWU sites (Miami, Providence, Denver and Charleston) in 2008. The 4 week course focus is on international business and corporate responsibility including Spanish classes, a 2 week homestay component along with corporate visits
Rollins College students participate in a 2 week course which combines international business corporate visits and Spanish classes complemented with the homestay component. A parallel goal of the program is to provide cultural insight into business practices within Latin America on both a macro and micro level
Offering a specialized Jan-term, Colby College (Maine) was the first to initiate this particular type of program at CPI. The course requires the primary focus of students to be volunteerism with students dedicating the majority of their time to helping marginalized communities. Students also study 15 hours of Spanish per week and travel to tourist destinations on the week-ends.
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Initiating a linguistic and culturally focused program in 2004 with four weeks of study at our Heredia campus, from 2005 until present day Arkansas State University students spend three weeks in Heredia followed by one week at our Monteverde site.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON
A three week program combining the CPI Heredia and Monteverde sites, the UNCW study abroad program developed by Dr. Powell includes a focus on language
learning in general and second language acquisition; Spanish classes and cultural activities are complemented with local school visits. Specific themes include but
are not limited to: "Conditions for Language Learning", "Engagement", "Functions of Language/Introspection", "Teaching and learning a second language, planning engaging lessons", "Goal setting and assessment", "Hands-on, Minds-on Contextual learning", and "Learning Theory applies to ALL learners"
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
Following our Social Work Seminar model, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, brings a group of social work majors to Costa Rica for three weeks, spending one week at CPI Monteverde and two weeks at CPI Heredia. Future plans include adding an additional week of travel to incorporate a visit to Nicaragua as a comparison experience to their social service work in Costa Rica.
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
A specialized program developed by Professor Veronica Tempone permits IRSC students to study Spanish for 2 weeks at the CPI Heredia campus and participate in a medical volunteership helping marginalized populations in the outskirts of San José.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH ALABAMA
UNA students spend 3 weeks at CPI Heredia focusing on improving their Spanish skills and learning about Latin American culture in general and Costa Rican culture specifically.
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, OHIO
During the four-week program in Costa Rica, students take classes at each CPI campus; the first two weeks are spent in Heredia, the third week in Monteverde and the last week in Flamingo. This set-up enables students to see more of the country not only geographically, but also obtain a deeper understanding of the Costa Rican culture and family life as students have the opportunity to stay with three different Costa Rican host families.