Study Abroad

Spring Break 2016: Costa Rica

Travel abroad with HFC during March 5–13, 2016 and spend a week experiencing the rich language and culture of Costa Rica. Enjoy a variety of social and cultural activities and interact with native Spanish speakers. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate, and students do not need to be currently enrolled at HFC. Applications are accepted through mid-January. Participants may sign up for Study Abroad in Spanish Language and Culture (SPN 290) in winter 2016 to receive academic credit. All students must be currently enrolled in or have completed Elementary Spanish 1 (SPN 131) or its equivalent with a C or better.

What’s on the agenda?

The trip to Costa Rica includes

  • Spanish conversation classes;
  • Traditional Costa Rican cooking and dancing classes;
  • A tour of San José;
  • Dinner with a local family;
  • A visit to an Indian reservation;
  • A tour of a coffee plantation;
  • White water rafting;
  • Zip-lining; and
  • Volunteer opportunities at Costa Rican public schools.

How much does the trip cost?

The price for the trip is approximately $2,150 (depending on number of participants and flight costs) divided into one deposit each in October, November, December, and January (missed payments must be made up when the next payment is due.) Air travel, hotel accommodations, all group activities and related transportation, and 11 meals are included in the trip price.

How to get started:

  1. Submit an application to Maggie Rutkowski (Reuther Liberal Arts Building, K-205) by mid-January.
  2. Apply for or renew your passport.

For more information, contact:

Maggie Rutkowski
Full-Time Spanish Instructor

Lori Slaber
Academic Coordinator of World Languages

Future Trips

Study Abroad in International Business

If you are interested in learning more about the Study Abroad in International Business (BBA 290) course, please contact Mr. Langs in the Business and Computer Technology Division at 313-845-6363 or by email at

Previous Trips

May 2014: Italy

In May 2014, students visited Rome and Florence, Italy. Sites in Rome included St. Peter’s Square and the St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel as well as the famous Roman Coliseum. Other sites included the Forum Romanum ruins and the Trajans Market (which is considered the world's oldest shopping mall built in circa 100 AD).

While in Rome, the students also had a chance to visit John Cabot University, an American University, where 50 percent of the students enrolled at John Cabot University are from the U.S. We hope to establish a relationship with John Cabot University so our students at HFC can enroll in courses in Rome, Italy, while their students can enroll in courses at HFC.

After Rome, the students took a bullet train to Florence where they visited Palazzo Vecchio overlooking the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue. Time was spent in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi palace which was built for Cosimo de' Medici, head of the Medici banking family during the 15th century. The students walked along the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge and visited independent jewelry designers. A morning was spent at the Gucci Museum understanding the company’s historical events since its inception in 1921. The students thoroughly enjoyed their 10-day study abroad trip to Italy and remarked that the trip was “life changing”.

May 2013: Belgium and Germany

In May 2013, students flew to Brussels, Belgium and visited the Stella Artois factory, the Chocolaterie Duval Bruxelles chocolate factory, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, the European Union Parliamentarian, then traveled by bullet train to Frankfurt, Germany. In Germany, the group visited the European Central Bank, a Volkswagen plant, the FOM University, and other sites. The 10-day educational experience emphasized the difference between doing business in the European Union versus business in the U.S. It was a very successful trip and the students enjoyed their educational experience.