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San Joaquin de Flores is a charming and colorful colonial town located ten miles from San Jose. Student can easily access the city by train or bus from SJF. The wonderful setting and slower pace of life allow for exceptional opportunities for linguistic and cultural integration. It is easy to explore the Costa Rican flora and fauna outside of San Joaquin de Flores. API students will have the opportunity to visit volcanoes, beaches, rain and cloud forests as well as attend games of futbol.

API offers several program tracks at their San Joaquin de Flores location: - Semester: Spanish Language and Latin American Studies - Semester: Sustainability and Environmental Studies - Summer: Intensive Language and Culture - Spanish for Medical Professions


Area(s) of Study

  • Biology
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Science
  • Business Administration
  • International Business
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Natural Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Environmental Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Nursing
  • Undergraduate Studies

Sponsored by API - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

The Instituto San Joaquin de Flores allows students to take courses taught by Costa Rican faculty from local universities. Studies focus on: Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Science.


Students have 4 different options for studying at the Instituto San Joaquin de Flores: (1) Summer Advanced Spanish for Medical Professions (2) Summer Spanish Language and Culture (3) Sustainability and Environmental Studies and (4) Spanish Language and Latin American Studies.

Language(s) of Instruction

Spanish and English


Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No


Students live with local host families or in an apartment. Typically, API places one student per family. All students have a private bedroom. Students are provided with 2-3 meals a day as well as laundry service once per week. Housing details available at the bottom of program page overview.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

Notes: Students pay a $75 application and a $600 affiliated studies registration fee to UT Austin. Students pay an application and program fee (tuition, housing) to API. See the provider website for details. Federal financial aid and grants apply for full-time summer (6 credits)/semester (12 credits) enrollment.


- Spring
  • Program: January 5, 2024 to May 11, 2024
  • Instructional: January 5, 2024 to May 11, 2024
  • Final Deadline: October 15, 2023
- Summer Whole
  • Program: May 23, 2024 to August 16, 2024
  • Instructional: May 23, 2024 to August 16, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2024
- Fall
  • Program: August 27, 2024 to December 20, 2024
  • Instructional: August 27, 2024 to December 20, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2024

Application Code


Program Coordinator

Alex Schnurpel

Additional Resources

Program Website
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Next Step

1) View mandatory advising videos: Explore: Education Abroad 101. Attend a live EA Q&A to ask questions. 2) View the Ready to Apply video. 3) Self-authorize your application via the Getting Started link below and apply! PC: Alex Schnurpel. Find advising videos, Q&A events at

Program information above is subject to change