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COUNTRY JUMPER
SEMESTER ABROAD

GUATEMALA > COSTA RICA > PERU

Maximo Nivel’s Country Jumper Semester Abroad is a unique 14-week program that leads students through an academic and cultural immersion experience in 3 of the most amazing countries in Latin America. This distinctive, cohort-based university program is available in both the Fall and Spring semesters.

The semester begins in Guatemala, continues on to Costa Rica, and finishes in Peru. The student cohort studies and travels for 4 to 5 weeks in each country, where you complete university content and Spanish language courses, as well as field work via service learning or international internship placements. Students earn 15 to 21 academic credits during the semester.

The Country Jumper Semester Abroad program is all-inclusive with housing, meals, and flights between Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Peru included. There is also a welcome dinner, farewell celebration, and cultural excursions in each country. In Week 8, the cohort enjoys a well-deserved semester break and you can organize your own travel or join optional Adventure & Culture programs offered by Maximo Nivel.

Maximo Nivel oversees every aspect of your semester experience. Our team of multilingual program advisors and field managers include international and local professionals—we come from a wide variety of backgrounds including education, business, international relations, and science. As experts on Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru, the Maximo Nivel team is here to help you every step of the way, and students receive 24/7 support throughout your time abroad.

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Maximo Nivel takes the academic success of our students very seriously. We evaluate each student’s motivation for the program and their academic history. This helps to ensure a productive and successful cohort experience for everyone enrolled in the Country Jumper Semester Abroad.

– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree program
– Academically prepared for university level work
– Proficient in the English language
– Positive mindset; ready to live and study internationally
– Minimum GPA 2.50

TERMDATES
Fall Semester 20207 September – 11 December
Spring Semester 202125 January – 30 April
Fall Semester 202130 August – 3 December
FULL ACADEMIC CALENDAR
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Country Jumper Semester Abroad $10,245

Flights between countries and some tours included

*Final tuition costs may vary depending on housing preferences and additional tours.

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Why I Maximo Nivel

I studied at Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica for 5 months and it was the best choice I have ever made! I worked alongside nurses and doctors in a retirement home and learned so much! As a nursing student, I felt the medical project really helped me become eager to learn more about healthcare in poverty countries. The staff was beyond helpful and so compassionate, they always made sure I felt at home and never had any questions! Even my host family felt like real family by the end of my trip. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel, they are an outstanding organization.

Isabel R.

Multi-Country Study Abroad

A unique 14-week academic and cultural immersion experience
in 3 of the most amazing countries in Latin America

GUATEMALA

WEEKS 1-4

Week 1 is Orientation Week. Students take part in guided exercises to orient you to your new country, city, host family, and fellow students. Orientation includes important rules and tips to stay safe and healthy in Latin America. The first week also includes various team-building exercises designed to integrate the cohort and get you prepared to work together and help each other over the next 14 weeks.

Students meet one-on-one with their Academic Advisor to discuss the program and address any individual needs. Advisors help students understand their Spanish language placement exam and you’re coached on how best to benefit from the intensive Spanish language and university courses.

The first week also includes a city tour to help familiarize the cohort with your surroundings including traditional markets, malls, supermarkets, gyms, and cinemas.

In weeks 2 to 4 Students begin academic courses studying Monday–Friday, 9:00am to 5:30pm. Each class meets for 2 hours/day and most students progress through 2 levels of Spanish and 1 or 2 specialized content courses (e.g. Sustainability, Business, etc.) The intensive nature of these courses requires students to be diligent and take their studies seriously.

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Multi Country Semester Abroad Latin America Guatemala
Multi Country Semester Abroad Latin America Costa Rica

COSTA RICA

WEEKS 5-8

Weeks 5 to 7  Students continue academic courses in Costa Rica, studying Monday–Friday, 9:00am to 5:30pm. Each class meets for 2 hours/day and most students progress through 2 levels of Spanish and 1 or 2 specialized content courses (e.g. Sustainability, Business, etc.) The intensive nature of these courses requires students to be diligent and take their studies seriously.

In Week 8, the cohort takes a well-deserved semester break. Students can organize their own travel or join optional Adventure & Culture programs offered by Maximo Nivel. For example, the Mini Adventure itinerary in Costa Rica includes a 5-day highlight tour with Cultural Night, Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs, Catamaran Tortuga Island tour, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

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PERU

WEEKS 9-14

During weeks 9 to 14, students take part in either a service learning experience or international internship. Students may also opt to take additional Spanish language and/or university content courses. Service learning field placements include 4 hours of work per day, while internship placements include 6 to 8 hours per day. Required guided reflection workshops are held every Thursday evening for 2 hours—all service learning and internship students are required to attend. This phase in the semester requires students to assume more independence and individual responsibility.

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Multi Country Semester Abroad Latin America Peru

WEEKS 1-7

GUATEMALA & COSTA RICA
COURSESCHEDULEHOURSCREDITS
Orientation Week9:00 am – 3:00 pm30
Spanish Course I9:00 am – 1:00 pm603
Spanish Course II9:00 am – 1:00 pm603
Content Course I2:00 pm – 3:30 pm453
Content Course II4:00 pm – 5:30 pm453

Week 8 – Semester Break

WEEKS 9-14

PERU
COURSESCHEDULEHOURSCREDITS
INTERNSHIP TRACK
Internship8:00 am – 4:00 pm180-2403-6
Reflection Workshops5:00 pm – 7:00 pm10
SERVICE LEARNING TRACK I
Service Learning8:00 am – 5:00 pm1203
Spanish Course III9:00 am – 6:00 pm603
Spanish Course IV9:00 am – 6:00 pm603
Reflection Workshops5:00 pm – 7:00 pm10
SERVICE LEARNING TRACK II
Service Learning8:00 am – 5:00 pm1203
Content Course III2:00 pm – 3:30 pm453
Content Course IV4:00 pm – 5:30 pm453
Reflection Workshops5:00 pm – 7:00 pm10
TOTAL ACADEMIC HOURS330-45015-21
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Academic credit is available for Maximo Nivel’s Study Abroad programs. Our programs can fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements. Our School of Record issues official transcripts and academic credit for your program. Get the credit you earn!

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