Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      San José, Costa Rica
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      March 15 deadline for fall

      October 15 deadline for spring

    How to Apply

    Interested in applying? Check out the next steps.


    BestSemester proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.

    Based in San José, Costa Rica, the Latin American Studies Program (LASP) introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region.


    What Will I Study?

    Through living with local families, students become a part of the day-to-day lives of Latin Americans. Students also take part in a practicum/internship and travel to nearby Central American nations.

    Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies (offered both Fall and Spring terms); advanced language and literature (designed for Spanish majors and offered both Fall and Spring terms); international business (offered only in Fall terms); and environmental science (offered only during Spring terms).

    Depending on their concentration, students travel to nearby Central American nations including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Panama.


    Course Equivalencies

    Latin American Studies Course Equivalencies

    Latin American Studies Course Credits Biola Course Credits
    Spanish Language Study Courses (Required + Choose 2)
    Spanish 100 3 See Modern Languages for Approval
    Spanish 200 3 See Modern Languages for Approval
    Spanish 300 3 See Modern Languages for Approval
    Spanish 400 3 See Modern Languages for Approval
    Core Courses (Required) Perspectives on Latin America 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval 3
    Regional Study Travel 1-3 See Modern Languages for Approval 3
    INCS 473 Practicum Seminar 1-3
    Community Immersion 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval


    Concentrations (Select One) Course Credits Biola Course Credits
    Latin American Studies Concentration

    Responses to Third World Reality Seminar 3 BBST 480 Directed Research 3
    INCS 313 Language and Culture Learning 3
    INCS 332 Peoples of the World 3
    Community Immersion / Field Experience 3 INCS 332 Peoples of the World 3
    INCS 490 Practical Mission Training 3
    Advanced Language and Literature Concentration

    Language & Literature Seminar 3 See Modern Languages for Approval 3
    INCS 313 Language & Culture Learning 3
    Community Immersion / Field Experience 3 COMM 440 Internship 3
    See Modern Languages for Approval 3
    INCS 332 Peoples of the World 3
    Business for Sustainability Concentration

    Business for Sustainability Seminar 3 No equivalency yet approved - See department chair for course approval
    Community Immersion / Field Experience 3 BUSN 460 Business Internship 3
    Total 15-18