Costa Rica: San José
For over twenty-five years, Florida State University has offered students an unparalleled educational experience in Costa Rica. The diversity of Costa Rica's ecosystems is extraordinary. The beauty is breathtaking. A peaceful country - proud of its prosperous democracy, respect for human rights, and stable political system - Costa Rica welcomes visitors to experience its rich biodiversity, tranquil setting, and friendly culture. This program offers a unique opportunity for total immersion in a Spanish-speaking culture combined with cultural events and group excursions that are always highlights. Students attend classes at the renowned Conversa Linguisitic Center. The program is based in Santa Ana, a quaint town west of San José.
Valencia, an ancient city that is now Spain's third largest, is an exhilarating mix of history, art, intellectual activity, and civic pride. The remarkable richness of Spanish culture's art and architecture reflects on Roman, Visigoth, Moorish, and Aragonese traditions. Having been host to the America's Cup, Valencia boasts beautiful beaches, a wharf, and busy sailing facilities. Its many museums and historical sites also spread a cultural panorama before students: from El Greco, Goya, and Velazquez to ancient Greek and Iberian ceramics to the wonder of prehistoric fossils. The new Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts & Sciences) is a must-see, with its Museum of the Sciences, L'Hemisfèric cinemaplanetarium, the Opera House: Palace of the Arts, and a huge park and aquarium.