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STUDY ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA

Latin America is the perfect place to study both modern and indigenous languages. Spanish is spoken by more than 435 million people in the world, while Quechua (Peru) is spoken by 8 million people, and Kaqchikel (Guatemala) is spoken by 200 thousand people. These vibrant languages and amazing cultures are alive and well in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. At Maximo Nivel, university students can study Spanish at all levels, or pursue specialized language studies in Quechua or Kaqchikel.

Maximo Nivel has a variety of programs tailored for specific Spanish learning objectives. Not only do we offer small group classes for all levels ranging from 100 to 400 level courses, but we also customize Spanish programs with 1-on-1 private lessons, remedial tutoring, and Spanish for Specific Purposes such as Medical Spanish and Spanish for Business.

Maximo Nivel is a very unique Study Abroad center, as we host both international and local students on campus. Our institutes include international students taking part in Semester Abroad, Spanish, Service Learning, and Internship programs, as well as local Costa Rican, Guatemalan, and Peruvian students who study in our Native English Program. The Maximo Nivel campuses are vibrant learning centers where international and local students meld together and learn from each other through campus life and extracurricular activities.

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Maximo Nivel takes your academic success very seriously. We evaluate each student’s motivation for the program and academic history. This helps to ensure a productive and successful cohort experience.

– At least 18 years of age
– Open to all majors
– No previous Spanish language required
– Hard working, passionate, creative, and resourceful
– Minimum GPA 2.50

Fields of Study

– Indigenous Languages
– Linguistics
– Spanish
– Spanish Teacher Education
– Translation & Interpretation

TERMDATES
Spring Semester 202027 January – 1 May
Spring Quarter I 202027 January – 13 March
Spring Quarter II 202016 March – 1 May
Summer Term I 20201 June – 3 July
Summer Term II 20206 July – 7 August
Fall Semester 20207 September – 11 December
Fall Quarter I 20207 September – 23 October
Fall Quarter II 202026 October – 11 December
Winter Term 2020 – 202114 December – 15 January
FULL ACADEMIC CALENDAR
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ProgramsAntigua,
Guatemala
Cusco,
Peru
San Jose,
Costa Rica
Fall Semester
14 Weeks
$6,580$6,580$8,445
Fall Quarter
7 Weeks
$5,345$5,345$7,345
Spring Semester
14 Weeks
$6,580$6,580$8,445
Spring Quarter
7 Weeks
$5,345$5,345$7,345
Summer Term I
4-5 Weeks
$4,345$4,345$5,645
Summer Term II
4-5 Weeks
$4,345$4,345$5,645
Country Jumper
14 Weeks
$4,995$4,995$6,995

*Prices above are representative only. Final tuition costs vary based on itinerary, housing preferences, tours, and transportation.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Why I Maximo Nivel

I spent 5 weeks at Maximo Nivel in San Jose, Costa Rica and can honestly say that it was more than I ever could have expected in a Spanish Immersion Program. From the staff at the school to my teachers to my host family, my entire experience was amazing! I came to Maximo with a base knowledge of Spanish but I struggled to maintain conversation. Now, I feel confident in conversations and feel like I have a better overall understanding of the language. Additionally, I was able to meet some great friends and explore Costa Rica with them throughout my trip. It was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend this program for learning Spanish and getting to know Costa Rica!

Jack H.
Spanish Immersion For University Students

UNIVERSITY SPANISH COURSES

FALL, SPRING, WINTER, & SUMMER TERMS

University Spanish courses provide an authentic immersion experience that moves students beyond the traditional classroom—it is the most intensive and professional Spanish program available in Latin America! Students take their Spanish language skills to a new level through full immersion, which pushes them beyond their comfort zone and forces them to apply their studies inside and outside of the classroom.

SPA 101 – Elementary Spanish I
SPA 102 – Elementary Spanish II
SPA 201 – Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 202 – Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 301 – Spanish Composition I
SPA 302 – Spanish Composition II
SPA 350 – Latin American Literature
SPA 360 – Latin American Civilization & Culture
SPA 361 – Modern Day Latin America
SPA 370 – Medical Spanish
SPA 371 – Business Spanish
SPA 380 – Intercultural Communication
SPA 420 – Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPA 480 – Advanced Spanish Conversation

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SEMESTER ABROAD

FALL, SPRING, WINTER, & SUMMER TERMS

Students majoring in Spanish Language or Latin American Studies looking to study abroad for a semester can join Maximo Nivel in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. Students can choose between a Spanish language-only focus or a combination of Spanish language and other content courses (e.g. Social Justice & Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Business in Latin America). The semester program includes an internship or service learning placement, guided reflection workshops, and a final project. Throughout the semester, there are guided educational excursions and field experiences to sites including Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Tikal (Guatemala), among others.

I. University Courses (7 weeks)Credits
SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I (or higher level)3
SPA 102: Elementary Spanish II (or higher level)3
SOC 301: Social Justice & Social Responsibility (or other course)3
SUS 301: Sustainability (or other course)3
II. Internship or Service Learning (7 weeks)Credits
Work at internship or service learning placement3-6
Guided Reflection Workshops
Final project
III. Educational Travel (during program)Credits
Archaeological sites0-1
Museums, cultural tours, & traditional communities
Total Credit Hours12-18
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Foreign Languages Semester Abroad
Tandem Conversation Program for Spanish Majors

TANDEM CONVERSATION

Maximo Nivel’s Tandem Conversation program is a free, optional language and cultural exchange. As an international Spanish student, you are matched up with a local student who is studying English at Maximo Nivel. Conversations are open, informal, and natural—taking the pressure off and allowing you and your tandem partner to bond and help one another move forward in your Spanish and English acquisition. This is a great way to meet new friends, develop your conversation skills, and increase your cultural understanding. The Tandem Program gives all participants unequaled access to the most important resource for learning a language—native speakers!

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SERVICE LEARNING

FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES STUDENTS

Service learning provides unique opportunities to live and work in Latin America, while giving back to the global community. Short-term and semester-long service learning programs are available. Students can get involved in the following projects:
Construction
Eco-Agriculture
Healthcare
Working with Kids

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Service Learning for Spanish Majors
Customized Study Abroad for Spanish Majors

CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS

Maximo Nivel organizes customized programs for faculty-led groups and student organizations who want a short-term educational experience in Costa
Rica, Guatemala, or Peru. These programs are usually 1 to 4 weeks long and consist of 3 main components:

I. Spanish Language
– SPA 101, 102, 201, 202, or higher level
– SPA 370: Medical Spanish
– SPA 371: Business Spanish
– Guided Reflection Workshops
II. Service Learning
– Construction
– Eco-Agriculture
– Healthcare
– Working with Kids
III. Educational Travel
– Archaeological sites
– Museums and cultural tours
– Traditional communities

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Schools of Records

EARN ACADEMIC CREDIT

UNIVERSITY ABROAD

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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