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SP200: Study Abroad in 2012 (Costa Rica-Panama)

May 23/12


This 5th anniversary year, SP200: Study Abroad--now a 1.0 credit experience—introduced students to a fully-revamped, incredible journey and all-inclusive learning experience abroad. Emphasizing a tri-country experience, SP200 included pre-departure classes in Canada and immersion learning classes in Costa Rica and Panama. SP200 was again hosted by Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica. Under the direction of the Supervising Professor, Dr. John W. Schwieter, and the help of the Program Assistants, Lic. Gaby Klassen and Lic. Alice Jakubowski, this three-week, intensive language and culture course complemented in-class instruction with many out-of-class activities abroad.

In addition to the 1.0-credit language and culture course instructed by Dr. Schwieter and many hours of cultural and conversation activities, SP200 students visited over a dozen towns!

The all-inclusive program package included: international airfare and all transportation abroad; international health insurance; textbook for SP200 course; cultural activities; homestay in San José with Costa Rican families including meals, linens, and laundry service; all tour/museum admissions and hotel accommodations on extracurricular tours in Costa Rica; Panama encore tour including resort accommodations on the Panama Canal and visits to Panama City, indigenous tribes, and jungles.

The success of this initiative has once again surpassed everyone’s expectations. To see more about this great experience in addition to future destination plans, please visit:


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