IFSA-Butler Universidad Nacional Partnership

Heredia, Costa Rica
Term
Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction

Spanish

Language Prerequisite

4 semesters of university level or equivalent

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: November 1

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.

Min. GPA for Consideration:
2.75
Typical Credit Load:
15

About Universidad Nacional Partnership

Nestled between mountains, Heredia offers a unique Latin American experience. You'll find great academic opportunities at top-ranked Universidad Nacional, all within the reach of ecological sites, national parks, beautiful beaches, and nearby hiking trails. So, sit back and enjoy a fresh cup of Costa Rican coffee as you embrace the Pura Vida.

Universidad Nacional Partnership Benefits

  • Universidad Nacional combines excellent academics with extensive opportunities to get involved in campus life and the surrounding community
  • Join an exciting, diverse student body in smaller class sizes at an innovative university
  • Take advantage of special concentrations that focus on teacher education and environmental studies
  • You may cross-enroll in a variety of departments and take classes with Costa Rican students
  • Academic tutors available throughout the semester
  • Great program for ecology and environmental studies majors
  • Live and learn in one of the safest countries in Central America, a place with a small town feel and an outstanding natural environment
  • Great location to increase Spanish proficiency, and immerse in the local culture

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Universidad Nacional Partnership

Courses

This program combines the best of integrated campus life with the familiarity of small, discussion-based program courses. Students in this program combine the following IFSA-Butler exclusive courses with those directly-enrolled at la UNA, alongside local students. All coursework is in Spanish.

Advanced Spanish (4 U.S. semester credits): This intensive Spanish class is specially designed for IFSA-Butler students and is mandatory. The course is offered at two advanced levels, and placement is determined by an assessment during the orientation in Costa Rica. The class is taught intensively at four hours per week throughout the semester. 

Ecology and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica (3 U.S. semester credits): The course will address aspects of the history of ecology, as well as conceptual components of the ecosystems and the ways they interact with the environment. This requires an approach to ecology as interdisciplinary science enabling understanding of its importance in the recovery, preservation, and protection of the environment. This course is specifically designed for IFSA-Butler students and is integrated with Costa Rican students; however, it is dependent on minimum enrollment.  

Universidad Nacional:
As an IFSA-Butler student, you will enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and space is available. While course descriptions may be found online, course syllabi may not be available until the beginning of your semester. Click here for the online course catalog and follow these steps:

  • Click on a departmental link ("leer más") in which you would like to look for courses.
  • Next, click on “descargar plan” to download a PDF of the course listings in the carrera.
  • You will see a tentative list of courses that may be offered during the year.

Click here for a specialized list of Spanish and Literature courses offered at UNA.

*Please note that UNA's online course listings are often not comprehensive. If a particular department or course you are looking for is not listed, contact your program advisor for assistance.

If course descriptions or syllabi are not available online, contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor. Provide the following information in your request, and keep in mind this may take up to a month to obtain:

  • University department/facultad
  • Course title
  • Course number (if available)
Special Curriculum Options
Ecology and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica:
Students build their courseload with the Advanced Spanish program course, the Ecology and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica course, and 2-3 related courses at Universidad Nacional. Possible courses may include: Clean Technologies, Drawing and Interpreting Environmental Plans, Environmental Policy and Legislation, Environmental Economics, Food Security, Forest Hydrology, Fundamentals of Energy, Plant Illnesses, and Plantation Management.
 
Development of Education and Education Models: This UNA-based course contrasts theory with classroom practice developed in the Costa Rican educational system. It also seeks to encourage in students the development of attitudes and values surrounding ethical, environmental, political, social, cultural and gender issues, consistent with the vision developed by educators themselves that serves to fight for equality, solidarity and other promoters of a more just society. Students build their courseload with the Advanced Spanish program course and 3 integrated courses at Universidad Nacional's prestigious School of Education and other departments. An optional non-credit workshop preparing students for the ACTFL test is available.
Course Restrictions
  • All courses are conducted in Spanish by UNA faculty members. Students who place into a lower-advanced Spanish level may not be eligible for more advanced coursework.
  • You may only take 1 course from Estudios Generales and 1 course from Escuela de Arte.
  • Licenciatura-level courses, such as those located in Estudios Latinoamericanos (IDELA), are only available to students with an extremely high level of Spanish and currently hold senior status at their U.S. institution.
  • The Escuela de Literatura may limit enrollment in literature courses to students with very good command of the language, have received high grades in previous Spanish courses, and who place into a higher level of Spanish during orientation.
  • Nivel 1 corresponds with first-year courses; Nivel 2 corresponds to second-year courses, etc.
  • I Ciclo (primer ciclo) is a U.S. spring semester (January to July); II Ciclo (segundo ciclo) is a U.S. fall semester (July to December)
  • Anual refers to full-year courses.
  • When the word Latina appears alone in a course title, it means classic, not Latino ethnicity. This applies mostly to literature courses.
Faculty
In addition to the formal Spanish class, IFSA-Butler organizes tutoring sessions for students throughout the semester or year. These may be scheduled at various times during the week, when students meet with the tutor on an individual basis. Please speak with the IFSA-Butler resident staff if you would like the assistance of a tutor.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Universidad Nacional Partnership
Accounting Agriculture Anatomy/Physiology Animal Science / Wildlife Management Art History Biochemistry Biology Botany/Plant Science Business Chemical Engineering Chemistry Computer Science Computer/Software Engineering Cultural Studies Dance Early Childhood Education Earth Science Ecology Economics Elementary Education Environmental Engineering Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies European History Exercise Science/Kinesiology Finance Forestry French Genetics Geography Geology Graphic Design History Human Resources Human and Child Development Indigenous Studies Information Technology International Studies/Affairs/Relations Latin American Studies Linguistics Marine Science Mathematics Microbiology Music Education Music Performance Music Studies Natural Resource Management Oceanography Painting Philosophy Physical Education/Sports Studies Physics Political Science Public Policy Public Relations Secondary Education Social Work Sociology Spanish Statistics Student Teaching Studio Art Teaching English as a Second Language Theater/Drama Veterinary Studies/Science Women and Gender Studies World History Zoology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Host Family
Meals
Most meals included
Details
The Universidad Nacional Partnership program includes three meals per day.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Rodney Vargas

Resident Director, Costa Rica

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Academic Affairs Director

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Heather Young

Associate Director for Academic Affairs

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program start date
February 6, 2018
Program end date
June 16, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$12,995
Housing
$2,830
Estimated Personal Costs
Flight
$700
Visa
$0
Residence Permits
$400
Start-up Costs
$0
Books
$140
Meals
$0
Commuting
$300
Phone/Internet
$90
Misc
$120
Laundry
$0
Entertainment
$760
Independent Travel
$1,000
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$3,510

Fall 2018

Program start date
July 17, 2018
Program end date
November 17, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$12,995
Housing
$2,830
Total Program Fee
$15,825
Estimated Personal Costs
Flight
$700
Visa
n/a
Start-up Costs
n/a
Books
$140
Meals
n/a
Commuting
$300
Phone/Internet
$75
Misc
$120
Laundry
n/a
Entertainment
$720
Independent Travel
$1,000
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$3,455

Year

YEAR OPTIONS: Students interested in calendar or academic year-long options should contact IFSA-Butler for deadlines, fees and more.