Top Study Abroad Programs in Costa Rica

AIFS: San José – Universidad Veritas

Program Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)
College Division
1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: (800) 727-2437

Description: Spend a semester, summer, January Term or academic year in the lively capital of San Jose with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 23 credits through a variety of courses studying at Veritas University. Courses are taught in English and Spanish and no previous Spanish language study is required.

Live in a homestay within walking distance of the university and immerse yourself in Tica culture and Spanish language. Breakfast and dinner, laundry service and internet are included in all homestays.

Sol Education Abroad: Heredia – Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

Program Location: Heredia, Costa Rica

Sol Education Abroad
503 Oakland Ave, Austin, TX 78703

Phone: (512) 380-1003

Description: Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Explore the verdant cloud forests and tropical coastlines of the Central American country while immersing yourself in the Spanish language. Classes are taught at the prestigious Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, a private university with an actual campus, which is often a rarity in Latin America. Students really get to become part of Costa Rican student life on this program. In addition to the academics, we include cultural activities on the weekdays, and excursions to different parts of the country on the weekends. The program also includes volunteer and community service experiences. You will live with one of our carefully selected host families and our onsite director will be available for you 24-7.

USAC: San Ramon – Life Sciences, Spanish Language, and Culture Studies at University of Costa Rica

Program Location: San Ramon, Costa Rica

University Studies Abroad Consortium
University of Nevada Mail Stop 0323
Reno, NV 89557-0323

Phone: (775) 784-6569

Description: The San Ramón program is designed for science majors interested in learning more about ecology and conservation biology in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is well known for its extraordinary natural beauty, preserved in its many national parks and reserves, and it is at the forefront of the ecotourism movement. You may stay for one semester, a full year, or a summer session, and choose from courses in tropical ecology, tropical marine biology, conservation biology, environmental policy, and other life science topics within Costa Rica. You will be able to augment your regular coursework by enrolling in several related field study courses that give you hands-on experience in these subjects. Also, with approval from their university, students in US honors programs will be able to receive honors credits for certain courses. A minimum of one year of general biology is required for the above mentioned subjects; therefore, non-science majors interested in Tropical Life Science courses should consider USAC programs in Puntarenas or Heredia. The San Ramón program is also complemented by courses in Spanish Language (you may complete up to one year of Spanish language per semester) and Culture or Area Studies.

API (Academic Programs International): San Joaquin de Flores – Instituto San Joaquin De Flores

Program Location: San Joaquin de Flores, Costa Rica

Academic Programs International
301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78746

Phone: 512-600-8900

Description: San Joaquín de Flores is a charming, colorful and quaint colonial town located ten miles from San José. It is surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of Costa Rica. The small setting and slower pace of life allow for exceptional opportunities for linguistic and cultural integration. Leisurely strolls through the streets lead to encounters with friendly people, young and old. Everything can be reached on foot and along the way students can visit historic landmarks and buildings from the 18th century. It is easy to explore the Costa Rican flora and fauna outside of San Joaquín de Flores. Costa Rica boasts thirteen national parks and six biological preserves where an amazing number of species of plants, animals, birds and butterflies can be observed. API students have the opportunity to explore volcanoes, beaches, rain and cloud forests. Explore endless opportunities and discover the culture, beauty and history of San Joaquín de Flores and Costa Rica.

Adelante: San Jose – Semester, Summer and Intern in San Jose

Program Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

101 Main Street, Suite B
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Phone: + (562) 799-9133

Description: Costa Rica is one of the most breathtaking and lush countries of the world. A semester, summer, or internship program in San Jose, Costa Rica’s radiant capital, is a great way to enjoy this amazing country. Immerse yourself in any one of these programs and the native country’s rich culture.

During your free time, explore the scenic coast and majestic rainforests. You can also get active with the co-ed soccer games and tropical dance lessons Adelante’s program offers. A fresh new cultural perspective is all but guaranteed with this study abroad experience!

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