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Overview of Study Abroad Programs in Costa Rica

This Central American country roughly the size of West Virginia is well known for its rich biodiversity. Home to some of the most beautiful rainforests, beaches and mountains in the world, Costa Rica is a unique study abroad destination.

When you choose to study in Costa Rica, known as one of the happiest countries on earth, you can immerse yourself in the relaxed lifestyle, known by the Costa Rican catchphrase ‘la pura vida’ (the pure/simple life). Here you will learn that the simple pleasures in life are the best ones.

In your spare time, you can catch some waves at one of the renowned surfing beaches, or visit the Parque Nacional Corcovado and take in the diversity of wildlife like tapirs, crocodiles and tiny squirrel monkeys. Whatever you choose, Costa Rica will claim your heart with its beauty.

WHY STUDY ABROAD IN COSTA RICA

With one of the highest literacy rates in Latin America, scholastic achievement is highly valued in Costa Rica. Benefit from this prioritizing of education when you study at one of the excellent universities here. With Costa Rica being one of the more affordable places to live, budget-conscious students will also benefit from studying here.

When you’re not in class, you can practice your Spanish and make connections with friendly locals over the traditional breakfast dish of gallo pinto (beans, rice and vegetables), or embark on one of the many responsible ecotourism initiatives available in this progressive and environmentally conscious country.

HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDYING ABROAD IN COSTA RICA

Here are just a few of the best things about studying in Costa Rica:

  • Coffee was one of the first exports from Costa Rica, so you know you’ll get as much caffeine buzz as you need here
  • Soak up the tropical weather and beach lifestyle all while boosting your resume
  • Immerse yourself in the pura vida way of life and learn about the important things in life
  • Make connections with fellow international and local students and build your global network

Our Study Abroad Programs

Browse all of our opportunities to study in Costa Rica below. If you can’t find a suitable program, check out our main program finder to continue your study abroad search beyond Costa Rica.

Study Abroad A Costa Rican waterfall flows in the distance against a mountainous rainforest backdrop.
Costa Rica

Summer Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

From rainforests to waterfalls teeming with tropical wildlife, get lost in the natural beauty of Costa Rica this summer. Choose from 1 or 2 summer session time frames for the ultimate flexibility to work Costa Rica study abroad into your summer plans.

Summer Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

You’ll be comfortably enrolled at Universidad Veritas in San Jose which is the #1 university in Costa Rica for hosting U.S. students abroad. Consisting of 2 month-long summer sessions, you’ll have the flexibility to choose a course and time frame that works best for you. Courses are taught in English OR Spanish. 

  • Summer Session 1: Health and Humanities Focus
  • Summer Session 2: Environmental and Business Focus

Fill out a brief application form to get in touch with an advisor to help you start planning your summer in Costa Rica today!

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Costa Rica

Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

Study abroad with World Endeavors in Costa Rica and expand your skills while deepening your knowledge of this beautiful, richly diverse country.

Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas)

Universidad Veritas in San Jose prides itself on offering the top-rated Study Abroad program in Costa Rica, which combines language learning, cultural integration and exploration of this biodiverse country. This university prioritizes diversity and inclusion, as well as having a strong emphasis on sustainability and climate change education.

Location

About San Jose

This vibrant capital city blends urban bustle with arts and culture, offering you plenty to do, whether it’s browsing the museums downtown, exploring the authentic market of Mercado Centrale or heading off to one of the parks for some downtime. San Jose is a great city to walk around in, so make the most of this immersion in la pura vida way of life. Best of all, when you study in San Jose, it’s only a short drive to get to more than 800 miles of coastline and rainforests.

Dates & costs

Our study abroad programs dates vary based on the particular university you’ll be placed in and the costs vary based on how long you intend to study as well as what your course load will be.

To learn more about the costs and dates available, please select an individual study abroad program from the list above, or Request a Call and one of our team members will get in contact with you.

Semester Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas) | $10,945
Summer Study in Costa Rica (Universidad Veritas) | $4,195

Eligibility

  • World Endeavors study abroad participants should be 18 years or older (in most cases).
  • Have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the start of their program.
  • Keep in mind that all countries have different visa restrictions for varying types of passports.
  • Must have completed high school (or equivalent)
  • While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status.

See individual study abroad program pages for more details, or contact a World Endeavors advisor.

Housing

Housing for students studying in Costa Rica is typically in fully furnished accommodations either on campus, or close by, or with a host family. Usually this accommodation is shared with other international and local students, with shared bathrooms and communal living areas.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN COSTA RICA

While you’re in Costa Rica, you can enjoy a wide array of exciting activities and experiences. Here are some things you can do in your spare time in Costa Rica:

  • Explore National Parks and Reserves: Discover Costa Rica’s stunning biodiversity by visiting its numerous national parks and wildlife reserves. Explore places like Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Tortuguero National Park to witness diverse flora and fauna.
  • Eco-Tourism and Adventure Sports: Engage in eco-friendly activities such as zip-lining through the treetops, white-water rafting down rushing rivers, or taking a canopy tour to experience the country’s natural wonders up close.
  • Learn to Surf: Costa Rica is a surfer’s paradise with great waves suitable for all skill levels. Sign up for surf lessons and ride the waves along the Pacific coast.
  • Experience Tico Culture: Engage with the locals, known as “Ticos” and “Ticas,” to experience the warm and friendly Costa Rican culture. Participate in traditional events, sample local cuisine, and learn about their customs.

How to choose the best Study Abroad program

Selecting the perfect study abroad program can be easy! Follow these steps to find the program that will help you achieve your goals.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

Studying abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your academic interests in an international context! Use our Program Finder tool to search by field of study and take classes toward your major.

Choose Your Dream Destination 

Combine education and exploration of your dream destination! Evaluate which program countries align with your interests and academic objectives.

Improve your Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit Your Budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

The Time is Right

Explore programs offered in just the right window of opportunity. We offer semesters in the fall or spring, full academic year programs, or shorter summer study programs.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

SEARCH

Academic Credit

World Endeavors study abroad programs take place at top accredited universities and schools around the world. World Endeavors program advisors assist students with the process of credit approvals, transcripts, and credit transfers. We work with students’ academic advisors and universities to ensure that the process goes smoothly, allowing students to focus on the cultural and academic experience of studying abroad.

Have a specific course or requirement to fill? Contact a World Endeavors advisor to see what programs will be the best fit.

ACADEMIC CREDIT INFORMATION

Recent Testimonials

JillianStudy in France

I realized once I got back that I learned more than I thought I did—not that I didn’t think I learned a lot, already. Three of my goals were to make more international friends (check), amp up my French comprehension (check), and expand my worldview (check).

EdenStudy in Spain

Honestly it was the best semester I’ve ever had. I met so many people and learned so many things. I found a new love for a different country. I would definitely recommend World Endeavors to anyone who wants a life-changing experience!

JenniferStudy in Spain

My advisor at World Endeavors was absolutely excellent! Her expertise and delightful people skills were exactly what sealed the deal, making World Endeavors my final decision for study abroad.”

AliciaStudy in Thailand

I have to say that what I remember, as much as the delicious colors and flavors of Thailand, are the people I crossed paths with – the other students who became such good friends, and the local Thais who showed me such kindness. And of course the food. I still dream of the food.”

HeatherStudy in England

It was amazing to be able to say I traveled to six countries in one semester.

KristenIntern in Morocco

It was amazing! Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone - the spontaneous adventures are gold!

Costa Rica Study Abroad FAQs

Is San Jose safe?

San José is known as a peaceful place, but petty theft in popular tourist areas and on public transportation is common. Costa Rica is considered the safest country in Latin America with low violent crime rates, so it’s generally a safe city for study abroad students.

Is there a minimum age for participating in World Endeavours programs?

Generally, participants should be 18 years or older. Some programs will take participants under the age of 18. If you are under 18 and would like to participate in a program, please contact one of our advisors for a list of programs and requirements. There is no upper age limit to our programs.

Why should I choose San Jose as a study abroad destination?

Studying abroad in Costa Rica offers you the opportunity to learn outside the traditional classroom, grow your global perspective and expand your cultural competencies. This small environmentally conscious country contains 5% of the globe’s biodiversity, which offers you the chance to experience the beauty of a relatively untouched wilderness.

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Our Top Study Abroad Destinations

World Endeavors offers study abroad programs in several destinations in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, English-speaking and non-English speaking. Semester, year-long, and summer programs are all available. Our wide range of options means you can find the program which is just right for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

You’ve decided to study abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. Get ready to CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready to study and explore like never before!