Apply early: spaces are limited. All application materials and interview must be completed prior to February 15.


The Spanish High School Credit Abroad program is offered in partnership with Xperitas (, an educational travel company of distinction.

For two weeks, students participate fully in the High School Credit Program at El Lago del Bosque - Cass Lake. For the final two weeks, participants and teachers travel to Costa Rica for family stays and cultural excursions.

The Credit Abroad Programs are for students ages 16-18, by start date of the program, who have completed at least one year of high school
language study (preference given to two years or more).


2019 Program Itinerary (subject to change)

  High School Credit Abroad Costa Rica, July 8-August 4, 2019 Preliminary Itinerary (Subject to Change)
July 8 -21
Cass Lake, Minnesota
Two weeks in the Spanish Language Village High School Credit Program 
July 20 
Transfer to your hotel in Minneapolis for an interim stay to do laundry and continue classes.
July 21
Depart Minneapolis for San José
Transfer to your hotel in San José and enjoy an orientation briefing with your certified naturalist guide.
July 22 
Explore La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Transfer to the central Pacific coast.
July 23
Participate in an organic garden and compost project.  Visit a local school and later visit a farm and mill in the 
community of Los Campesinos.
July 24
Kayaking at Marino Ballena National Park! Waterfall hike and refreshing dip.
July 25
Begin family stay
Transfer to your family stay community.Meals and time with your host family. 
July 26-July 31
Family stay
Meals and time with your host family.
Aug 1
Zip-lining through the forest canopy!Explore the town of Sarachi.Paint a small wheel of a carreta tipica at the ox-cart factory workshop.
Aug  2    
Explore the capital city of San José, local market and the Jade Museum.
Aug 3
Community tree planting project, visit the impressive Irazú volcano and Cartago Basilica.  Wrap-up session.
Aug 4
Depart San José for Minneapolis


Program Costs Include:

  • Tuition, including high school credit with transcript
  • Room and board, both in Minnesota and abroad
  • Travel from the Language Villages to Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport
  • Round trip flights from MSP to destination
  • Travel within the country abroad
  • Excursions, cultural events and guided tours in the itinerary

Program Staff

Teachers are carefully selected and have strong backgrounds in teaching language and culture. Credit programs are directed and supervised by leaders with years of teaching experience, advanced degrees and Concordia Language Villages experience. Our programs have a 3:1 staff to villager ratio when traveling abroad.