Faculty Summer Language Programs set for summer; apply for Costa Rica trip by April 1

Faculty and academic staff interested in learning a new language or increasing their level of proficiency in their research language can attend one of the Office of International Education’s summer language institutes. Designed by UW-L partner institutes, these programs are geared toward beginner and intermediate level proficiencies.

Classroom instruction takes place in the morning for three hours, Monday through Thursday, and is geared toward the appropriate competency level. One-on-one tutorials may be available within some programs.

All program fees include the following:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Administrative fees
  • Housing (meals may be included dependent upon program)
  • Cultural activities and excursions (may be included dependent upon program)
  • Roundtrip airfare from La Crosse

Prices are subject to change, depending on the strength of the U.S. dollar.

San Jose, Costa Rica

  • Minimum group size: two-four participants
  • July 5~20
  • Price: $3,300

Costa Rica is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Central America because of its comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming natural beauty. The country’s Disneylike cast of creatures – ranging from howler monkeys to toucans – is populous and relatively easy to spot. The waves are prime; the beauty is staggering and the sluggish pace seductive. A peaceful oasis in a tumultuous region, this tiny nation draws 1.5 million visitors every year.

What’s on tap? The question is what isn’t? Active travelers can surf, hike, snorkel and spot wildlife for starters. The incredibly varied topography means you can cruise the cloud forest one day, visit an active volcano the next, and finish relaxing on a hot sandy beach. Adrenaline junkies have opportunities of zipping through canopy lines hundreds of meters long and riding the rough surf of the Pacific.

Application procedures

Faculty attending a summer language institute may apply for UW-L’s International Faculty Development Grant. Forms are available online at www.uwlax.edu/grants/pages/sources/IDF.htm. Deadlines for submission are Oct. 1, Jan. 1, and April 1.

Applicants are reminded to submit an informational copy to the Director of the Office of International Education.