Spanish for University Credits in Costa Rica at SEPA Spanish Language School: How Does It Work?

Spanish for University Credits in Costa Rica at SEPA Spanish Language School: How Does It Work?

Read more about our Spanish for University Credits program in some of Mt. Hood Community College’s own words.

SEPA Spanish Language School, working in tandem with Mt. Hood Community College Spanish Abroad program, proudly presents this wonderful opportunity to earn one full year of Spanish college credits in 8 weeks in beautiful Costa Rica! As a matter of fact, MHCC students are currently in their 5th week of their Spanish abroad classes at SEPA School and loving it.

Learn Spanish Abroad in Costa Rica:

SEPA Spanish Language School is located just one hour from the beach. MHCC’s own Spanish language abroad program is located in the tropical town of San Isidro del General, Costa Rica, an hour from beautiful beaches and wonderful hiking. San Isidro del General is the gateway to the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and offers the language learner good access to national parks and adventure travel. Students live with a middle class Costa Rican family; study Spanish at SEPA Spanish Language School, taught by native speakers of Spanish; earn a full year’s credits in college Spanish in just eight weeks—one week at MHCC and seven in Costa Rica! This is a very intense Spanish immersion program, but plenty of fun, too. Enjoy the weekends to travel to eco-reserves, tropical beaches and mountains during your stay in Costa Rica.

Earn a minimum of 15 transfer credits:

When you register for MHCC’s Spanish Immersion Program in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica you earn a minimum of 15 transfer credits. Courses include either first-year Spanish (SPAN 101,102,103) or second-year Spanish (SPAN 201,202,203) plus SPAN 211, 212, 213 (Intermediate Conversation). In eight weeks, you will complete an entire year of regular college Spanish by studying the language daily in a small group setting.

Live with a Costa Rican family to learn Spanish:

SEPA homestay house 2It’s called ‘homestay‘. Here, you live with a Costa Rican family in this tropical town of 70,000, a city that is well situated for its proximity to Pacific beaches renowned for surfing. Enjoy the tropical weather – 70-90 degrees most days. In San Isidro del General, the months of January to March fall during their summer–it rarely rains during this time!

Receive individual attention from your instructors:

Your teachers are qualified native speakers who teach in classes that include conversation, grammar and writing, as well as Costa Rican history, cooking and culture.

Begin to think in Spanish within a week thanks to immersion:

This is possibly one of the most amazing aspects of learning a language through a Spanish Abroad Program.  Since you are not only taking classes in Spanish, but are also LIVING in Spanish, speaking it hourly with your homestay family, your mind begins this amazing conversion from English to Spanish.

Spanish Study Abroad Program Details:

  • Cost is $5200 (estimated). Includes round trip transportation from Portland, room and board (except lunches), MHCC tuition for 15 credits, text books, the counsel of a resident MHCC instructor, and a three day / two night beach trip at a beautiful eco-lodge.
  • Financial Aid can be applied towards the cost of the program. Please follow the steps on the “Study Abroad and Federal Financial Aid” flier available upon request.
  • Group size is limited to 20 students reserve a place today. Leave Portland January 24 and return March 15 for a total of seven weeks. One week of Spanish instruction at MHCC is completed before your departure for Costa Rica. Your resident MHCC instructor in San Isidro is also a full-time instructor at MHCC.
  • The time length is eight weeks, during which you will complete an entire year of regular college Spanish by studying the language daily in a small group setting.

Contact Paul Eckhardt, MHCC Director of Study Abroad, at 503-491-7497 (e-mail:, or Eric Tschuy, Costa Rica Winter Study Abroad coordinator at 503.491.7469 (e-mail:, or the Humanities Division 503-491-7290 (leave message).

For more information, you may also write to: “Spanish in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica Winter 2017” Paul Eckhardt, Modern Languages Department 26000 S.E. Stark Street Gresham, OR 97030 or email

Read more about Spanish language programs in Costa Rica:    Spanish for University Credits

SEPA volunteer monkey greatSEPA also offers a Spanish for Volunteers program that covers many types of volunteering to fit your interests and your resume!  In this photo students from Mt. Hood Community College help to nurse a baby monkey back to health. What could be more rewarding!?



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