Costa Rican students take part in summer program

After giving a presentation on small town government, Sylva Mayor Lynda Sossamon (second from left) meets with visiting students from Costa Rica and other students from the Dominican Republic and Saudi Arabia who were enrolled in the language and culture program.

Sixteen students from Tecnologico de Costa Rica, a university in Costa Rica, recently spent three weeks on the Western Carolina University campus to take part in a summertime language and culture program offered through WCU’s Intensive English Program.

The agreement for the summer program was developed by Jill Cargile, director of the Intensive English Program, and Tania Molina, coordinator of the School of Language Sciences at the Costa Rican university. The 16 visitors were the first group of Costa Rican students to visit WCU, and Cargile and Molina said they hope to continue the partnership and bring more students from the Central American nation to WCU.

WCU’s IEP staff teamed up with the university’s Division of Educational Outreach to provide transportation, activities and support for the visiting students. The summer program included 18 hours of study in English language and U.S. culture taught by Jordan Parsons, Lisa Mingus and Serena Harter, with Hilary Lindler providing assistance.