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Santa Ana, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms Summer 1,
Summer 2
Dates/Deadlines Click here to view
Pre-Approved Courses: CLICK HERE:
Restrictions: BU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
GPA req.: 2.5 Class: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:


Type of Program Affiliate
Program Length Summer Term(s)
Language of Instruction Spanish
Majors All requiring SPA 2310 and/or SPA 2320
Costs Baylor Tuition + Housing to Conversa
Housing Host Family
Health Insurance Required Yes
Special Requirements Minimum 2.5 GPA and a $200 Deposit
Program Director Dr. Manuel Ortuno



The Conversa Spanish Language School sits on a hillside overlooking the town of Santa Ana, just six miles outside of San Jose, Costa Rica.  What was once a dairy farm and a Peace Corps Volunteer language training center has become a six-acre campus with three small lodges, a 45-foot swimming pool, 25 small classrooms, a cafeteria (yes, the food is home cooked and great!), an administrative building, a basketball hoop, paddle tennis court, a ping pong table, a tv lounge, walking trails, monkeys, etc...While Conversa is no longer a Peace Corps language training center, they have maintained the Peace Corps model for language training and boast a 4:1 (at the most) student-to-teacher ratio, focusing heavily on experiential learning both on-campus and in host family living environments.   Additionally, Conversa has a travel center on their campus, so that they can help you book your weekend trips across the Costa Rican countryside! 

For more information about Conversa and Costa Rica, please follow the link provided HERE:

Courses or Areas of Study

Spanish 2310 and/or Spanish 2320.

  • Students who wish to pursue credit in just SPA 2310 or 2320 will be enrolled in Conversa's 4-Week Intensive Spanish Program, spending 4 hours per day engaging in Spanish learning activities.
  • Students who wish to pursue credit in both SPA 2310 and 2320 will be enrolled in Conversa's 4-Week Super Intensive Spanish Program, spending 5.5 hours-per day engaging in Spanish learning activities.
Students are also able to pursue credit in SPA 1412 (Accelerated Elementary Spanish) and SPA 3302 (Conversation and Composition).


Host families.  For more info, please click HERE:

Application Procedure

Students will apply for their summer term at Conversa through the Baylor Study Abroad Office.
Once you have completed your BearsAbroad application,  you will then need to apply directly to Conversa. Click HERE to begin your application to the host school.



  • All students will pay Baylor for summer tuition.   Both SPA 2310 and SPA 2320 count as 3-credit hours; 6 in total.

Room and Board, Airport Pick-Up, and Daily Transportation (to and from the Conversa grounds and host family homes in Santa Ana)

  • The total cost for housing, an airport pick-up, and daily transportation to and from host families and Conversa's campus is $722 for a four-week period.  ALL students are responsible for paying this cost and will be contacted by Conversa regarding payment deadlines.
Additionally, a $200 deposit is due by April 22nd.  This deposit is non-refundable and it will be applied towards your Room and Board fees.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2016 12/02/2015 12/16/2015 TBA TBA
Summer 2 2016 03/31/2016 03/31/2016 TBA TBA