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Program Description:

Program Overview

This abroad program is part of the Project Pioneras program. A pre-selected group of students will have the opportunity to participate in a unique abroad component with a focus on education in Costa Rica.


EDBE 3453
This course deals with the techniques, methods, and strategies for the instruction and assessment of English Language Learners (ELLs).

EDBE 4453
This course examines theories and research in bilingualism and its influence on learning and instruction, including developmental characteristics of language acquisition, the relationship between bilingualism and cognition, and issues in assessment of bilingual children.


Samara, Costa Rica

The beautiful coastal hamlet of Samara is a paradise on the Nicoya Peninsula's western shore. Known as one of the prettiest and safest beaches in all of Costa Rica, Playa Samara radiates wonderful white sand in contrast to the aquamarine water. Tropical plant life and living coral encompass Samara's 3-mile (5 km) coastline, and the beach is a favorite among locals, foreigners, and wealthier Ticos- forming a quintessential beach community. It’s known for its palm-lined main beach, Playa Sámara. West along the bay at Cangrejal, a reef attracts stingrays and tropical fish. In Sámara Bay, Chora Island's wildlife reserve has pink sand and shelters marine birds. North, Playa Buena Vista is a sea turtle nesting site. The Buena Vista estuary mangroves are home to crocodiles and herons.


Tentative Itinerary

The following is a proposed itinerary. Dates and activities are subject to change: EDBE-Costa Rica Itinerary.pdf

Cost Breakdown


Program Leaders

Dr. Holly Hansen-Thomas

Dr. Mandy Stewart

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 07/21/2018 ** Rolling Registration 07/22/2018 08/11/2018

** Indicates a rolling registration process. Once Education Abroad processes the initial registration, registrants will be be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the registration deadline.