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Extended Spring Term 2024

Program Details

Extended Spring Term 2024

San Jose, Costa Rica


January 2024 - May 2024


Application Deadline:

October 25th 2023





16 - 20

Required Education Level:

High School Graduate

Minimum GPA:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

All Levels

Application Requirements:

Unofficial Transcript

Complete Application

Visa Requirements:

Student Visa Required

***Pathfinder helps you with the visa application process

Areas of Interest:

  • Agriculture

  • Architecture

  • Area Studies 

  • Art

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Business Administration

  • Communications

  • Ecology

  • Economics

  • Environmental Studies 

  • Fitness and Recreation

  • Foreign Language

  • Health Sciences

  • History

  • International Relations

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Multidisciplinary

  • Political Science

  • Psychology

  • Science

  • Social Science

  • Sociology

  • Spanish Language

  • Sustainability

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Term Structure

Students enrolled in the extended term have the ability to earn up to 20 credits in a full term. 4 credits are earned in the extended portion and 16 can be earned during the semester. 

Extended term consists of one 4 week Spanish intensive class. The language level that you enroll in will be determined by a placement test before your arrival as well as what course credits you need fulfilled at your home institution. 

During the Semester, students can enroll in 1 to 4 classes for 13 - 16 semester credits. Students with Pathfinder Costa Rica have special access to the "Sustainable Lifestyles: 9 Dimensions of Healthy Living" course. Each Pathfinder student is enrolled in this course to complement the Path-Finding Guidance. The other 3 courses are up to the student's discretion. This means a student could choose:

  • 1 Spanish course and 2 elective courses

  • 2 Spanish courses and 1 elective course

  • 3 Spanish courses

  • 3 elective courses

to pair with the Sustainable Lifestyles course. Sustainable Lifestyles is only taught during Fall and Spring Semesters. Students who wish to take electives taught in Spanish must have a high intermediate to advanced level of Spanish.

Spanish courses run in 4 week blocks within the regular semester.  Students must pass a test at the end of each "block" to move on to the next level. Spanish courses are available at all instruction levels, beginner to advanced. Before coming to Pathfinder, it is imperative that students get multiple Spanish courses and elective courses approved by their home institution to ensure their credits transfer at the end of their studies. 

Elective courses meet 2 - 3 days a week for a total of 48/60 contact hours and 3/4 credits each. Spanish courses meet for a total of 60 contact hours and 4 credits. Spanish language students are in class Monday - Friday for 15 hours a week. 

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