Admissions: Pre-Arrival Guide: What to Bring: Miscellaneous
A recorder device with a built-in microphone for EACH adult student
will be used in some phonetics and conversation classes. Some students have
used digital recorders, iPods/iPhones players for this purpose. Recorders
can be purchased here but are more expensive.
A small hand-held vacuum might be helpful.
All basic tools can be bought here.
Consider bringing items that help you relax, (i.e. games, hobby items,
Favorite reading materials (there is a student library available).
Books and Language Translators
Here is a list of books that might be useful to have:
501 Spanish Verbs by Christopher Kendris.
A GOOD Spanish/English Dictionary.
A Spanish grammar textbook written in English may be helpful to some.
A bilingual Bible (can be purchased here).
English grammar for students of Spanish by Spinelli.
Oxford Picture Dictionary.
Translators: There are many translators available. Many students recommend the Franklin Spanish Master. Franklins can be purchased here, but there is only one model and it is a lot more expensive than in the US.
U. S. Postage Stamps
People returning to the States are usually willing to take letters to be
mailed. To take advantage of this, bring a supply of postage stamps with you
(for letters and post cards). However, postage from Costa Rica to the U.S.
is less expensive and mail usually arrives within
5-7 days. It may be noteworthy to add that some students have even paid their
bills by check from here without any problems.
(Class of ’06)
I attended the Institute in 2006 for a month when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica
through the Latin America Studies Program (LASP) with Anthony Chamberlain.
My courses at the Institute were an invaluable help for me as I transitioned from learning
Spanish in the classroom setting to speaking with native-speakers. I still
remember many of the things I learned from those classes.