Study Abroad


Travel to Costa Rica…         

        for a summer of adventure

             for an opportunity to learn Spanish

                    to earn up to six hours foreign language credit in four weeks


One of the most memorable experiences you can have is living and learning a language in another country. June 2014 will be the sixth year for Grayson College to offer Beginner and Intermediate Spanish courses at the Intercultura Spanish Language Institute and Cultural Center in Costa Rica. Experience living abroad and become part of the international community while earning transferable college credit in Spanish.


Grayson College Spanish Professor Mary Yetta McKelva will accompany the group and oversee the language program. Students will attend class four hours each day of the week and live with a Costa Rican family. The school is located in Heredia, about 20 miles from San José. Heredia is a medium-sized city that still maintains a typical Latin American "pueblo" feel. Students may attend cultural events offered at the school and may serve as a volunteer for environmental projects and literacy improvement efforts in the public schools. The group will take weekend excursions to the beautiful rain forests, beaches and volcanoes throughout Costa Rica.


Cost: The basic program fee is approximately $3,500.00 for a 4 week stay.  The price includes round-trip airfare from Dallas to San José, Costa Rica; airport transfers; your room and board with two meals a day with a Costa Rican family, one weekend group excursion and services of on-site staff in Costa Rica. Grayson College enrollment fees will be paid directly to the college at the time of registration for Summer 1. Only air fare is paid ahead of time - mid February. 


Eligibility: If you are a student in good standing at one of Texas' community colleges, you are eligible to enroll in this program through Grayson College. You do not have to have any prior knowledge of Spanish to attend.  You can be a beginner!


Interested? Future meeting info will be posted here, but for information before then, contact Professor Mary Yetta McKelva at (903) 463-8623 or e-mail


For a complete overview of the program, staff, home stay selection process, excursion descriptions and a photo gallery of the school, visit the web site at