Home > University Abroad > Freshman Year Abroad

FRESHMAN
YEAR ABROAD

FRESHMAN ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA

The Freshman Year Abroad is a unique “first year away” program that gives students the opportunity to complete their first-year degree requirements at one of Maximo Nivel’s campuses in Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Peru. This is an alternative, experiential program that maintains proper academic standards and ensures transferable credit is earned toward graduation.

The Freshman Year Abroad program is a carefully designed, 14-week, cohort-based program with a maximum of only 25 students. Participants take part in experiential service learning programs, while also studying Spanish language and general education courses specifically chosen to ensure students stay on track with their degree requirements. Each semester course load includes:

– 2 Spanish language courses
– 2 general education (GE) courses
– 1-week educational travel program
– 7-week service learning experience

Freshman students can join both the Fall and Spring semesters or choose to attend for just a single semester. Most students earn 12-15 credits during each semester.

INTERESTED?

REQUEST UNIVERSITY INFORMATION & LEARN ABOUT TRAVEL GRANTS!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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
– High school diploma
– First year university-bound student
– Academically prepared for university level work
– Proficient in the English language
– Positive mindset; ready to live and study internationally

Areas of Study

– Anthropology
– Business
– Education
– Environmental Studies
– International Development
– Med Health Professions
– Sociology
– Spanish
– Veterinary & Animal Science
– Undeclared

TERMDATES
Winter Term 2019 – 202016 December – 17 January
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
CONTACT US
SCHEDULE A CALL
APPLY NOW
SemesterCosta RicaGuatemalaPeru
Fall$10,245$8,545$8,545
Spring$10,245$8,545$8,545

All students receive an official transcript from our official School of Record. Credits are eligible for transfer into any 4-year university in the United States. Final tuition cost may vary based on itinerary and housing preferences.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Why I Maximo Nivel

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the classes at Maximo Nivel, but I am very happy how it turned out. I came to Costa Rica knowing only “Hola como estas?” but now after six months of learning and studying with this school I have earned the level of being an advanced student. I never could have imagined everything I have learned here. I am very glad I had this experience through Maximo Nivel.
Zoe L.

Life as A Freshman Abroad

Freshman Semester Abroad

SAMPLE COURSE LOAD

COURSEHOURSCREDITS
Spanish course (level 1)603
Spanish course (level 2)603
Introduction to Sustainability453
History of Latin America453
Cultural Tours5 days
Service Learning1203
Reflection Workshops10

APPLY NOW

STUDENT SERVICES

– Campus and Institute open 7 days/week, 363 days/year
– Academic Advisor
– Travel office onsite
– Free WiFi and computer lab
– Free Spanish tutoring
– Tandem Conversation Program
– Salsa dance classes
– Cooking classes
– Onsite snack bar with free coffee and tea
– Emergency Contact 24/7

AND MUCH MORE!
Freshman Gap Year with College Credit
Program Management

RISK MANAGEMENT

Maximo Nivel is a responsible educational provider. We organize our teams and our programs to ensure the safety and enjoyment of every participant. Our first priority is the safety, health, and well-being of each student and faculty member. We minimize risk through careful pre-departure planning and preparation. Once students and faculty are in-country, our Country Managers, Academic Directors, and Field Managers provide excellent on-the-ground support 24/7. Our teams are ready to enact the Maximo Nivel Emergency Plan whenever necessary. Our liability insurance and required student insurance provide an added layer of protection should circumstances call for it.

Academic Credit

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!

LEARN MORE

Ready to Study Abroad?

APPLY NOW

Ready to work, study, travel? Complete your application online and get ready for an extraordinary experience abroad.

NEED MORE INFO

Not sure which program is right for you? Fill-in the short form and a Program Advisor answers all your questions.

SCHEDULE A CALL

Let’s talk about it! Schedule your preferred time and date and a Program Advisor guides you through every step.

PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT US…