Schon ausprobiert? Die kleinen I-Tüpfelchen, die dein Spanischprogramm verschönern!

Das Schöne an Heredia ist, dass man beim Schlendern durch die Straßen hier und da niedliche Souvenir-Geschäfte, kleine Cafés und Restaurants entdecken kann.

Costa Rica was named in the top 5 greenest countries in the world by Yale and Columbia Universities.

Costa Rica is the only country outside Europe in the top 10 list that includes: Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Luxembourg, Costa Rica, France, Austria, Italy, U.K. and Sweden.  For more information, click here!

Spanish isn't just vocabulary - it's music, food, family and fun! 

Today was my first day at Intercultura and it was a busy day.  It started off with an early breakfast with my Tica Mom. “¡Buenos días!” she sang cheerfully, “¿Cómo amaneció?”  I knew from my Spanish class that this was just a way to say, “How did you sleep?”

Perhaps studying abroad and learning Spanish is seen as a luxury in the current economic climate but according to Rick Steves, renowned travel expert, it's a necessity.  Not only can you learn Spanish in Costa Rica, but the cultural immersion you'll experience will broaden your understanding of the world and your ability to effectively engage with people of other cultures.  So what are you waiting for?  Study Spanish in Costa Rica and become culturally adept! 

Renowned pianist and composer Manuel Obregon will open for Elton John's concert on February 3, in Tibás, just north of San Jose.  Obregon is widely respected and is also the minister of culture.

While you study Spanish, you should check out one of Costa Rica’s most impressive and curious places: Río Celeste, or Sky Blue River. It’s located in Guanacaste near the Tenorio Volcano. Its water isn’t clear but it has a very intense turquoise color. The legend tells that the river turned blue when God cleaned his paintbrushes after painting the sky.

If you're here for Christmas, you are in for a cultural treat! Ticos celebrate with festivities centered around "las fiestas" - part rodeo, part bull fight. Not only can you practice Spanish, you can also try common foods unique to Costa Rica and experience the thrill of the bulls. 

Fiestas de Samara Beach - the week between Christmas and New Years

To welcome the festive season, the National Symphony Orchestra will give a series of Christmas concerts next week in churches around the Central Valley.

Guest conductor Ramiro Ramírez will take the baton and soprano María Marta López will accompany the orchestra. The program will include Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, selections from Handel’s Messiah and The Many Moods of Christmas (Suite 2), arranged by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell.

Why study in Costa Rica?  Because of the people!  The richness of Costa Rica stems from the cultural diversity of its people. Throughout its history, waves of immigrants have added to the pre-Hispanic native populations, settling on this land and making it their home.