CEA CAPA Education Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica

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Lush cloud forests. Sunny beaches. Unparalleled biodiversity. A range of opportunities to hone your Spanish skills and immerse in local culture - and live the pura vida lifestyle. Study abroad in Costa Rica with CEA CAPA for a semester, a summer, ... read more

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I learned how to be more patient, and how to be more relaxed (a direct result of the Tico culture). It was definitely worthwhile. Going to Costa Rica was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had so many great experiences and would recommend this program to anyone. - Winthrop University View Entire Review
I have learned how people thinking differently from me. It was worthwhile to understand the people there. - Illinois State University View Entire Review
I learned a huge amount about myself... what I am interested in, How I react in new situations and how to conquer fears. It was a huge building experience - College Misericordia View Entire Review
I gained some excellent language skills, some great cultural knowledge, a lot of memories of beautiful places, and the knowledge that, although the country is beautiful, I do not mesh well enough with the culture there to move there permanently. Considering those were all of my trip goals, it was definitely worthwhile. - University of Oklahoma View Entire Review
I wanted to go to Spain but I had to work with my money and my family. One day I'll go to Spain, but I'll always take with me the time I spent in Costa Rica. - Illinois State University View Entire Review
Past Review Pura Vida
To be really honest, I'd just say I got better at spanish and saw some beautiful places, but not too much has really changed in my understandings. - Westminster College, PA View Entire Review
I think just being here I have personally changed a lot. I am much more open to hearing peoples opinions about things. I think you learn and grow every single day you are here. You meet all sorts of people from all over the world and it's amazing to hear their stories. My experience here was literally life changing, and I know e... - Northern Essex Community College View Entire Review
It helped me understand more about third world countries and how living is for other parts of the world. It has made me more aware to the type of life I lead and that others aren't so lucky. - Alaska Pacific University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and grew as a person since you have to be independent to study abroad. I'm more culturally aware and my future plans are now to come back to Costa Rica and possibly live here for a couple years. - Colorado State University View Entire Review
The biggest quality I've gained was the ability to live as an expatriate. This prepared me for my future career in International Business. I love the feeling of knowing that I am someone exceptional having lived in another country for some time. Since my time in Costa Rica, I always have stories to relate to other things. They o... - Cardinal Stritch University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA Global Education: San Jose, Costa Rica
I became so much more confident while abroad. I was forced to talk to new people and be quick on my feet. I sought out different experiences than others and learned to manage traveling independently . The places I was shown by class excursions really impacted my life and I actually left my residencia early to go back to one comm... - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
I became even more independent and confident, I made some incredible friends, and I greatly improved in my language capabilities. - Carleton College View Entire Review
yes, it enabled me to see how I can adapt to difficult and different life situations without the comforts of a phone, a common language, and the amenities of the US. - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
Past Review Pura Vida
Definitely worthwhile, mostly because you learn so much about yourself via these adventures! - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
Past Review Pura Vida
Traveling in general is great for a person and expanding their horizons, but studying abroad is absolutely incredible. You meet a million different people and actually get to feel like you are a part of a new culture. I gained a lot of confidence with my Spanish and had so many new experiences, that I know I am a better person n... - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
It was so worthwhile and there aren't enough words to be said about how lifechanging the experience is. If you want to grow and be challanged in a totally awesome way then go! - Arizona State University View Entire Review
Nowhere in the world is perfect or paradise, life is relative. What I have learned from living in Costa Rica is that we are human beings with our own rich culture and we should live to the fullest and in the purest way possible. Get to know people outside of your own culture! - Ohio University View Entire Review
Studying abroad opened up a new chapter in my life. It helped me better understand who i was as a person, gave me a better understanding on world views, and i am now eager to travel the world! - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
Yes.I feel like i met myself all over again here. - Winthrop University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience has helped my Spanish immensely. I loved it here so much that I am also staying for the winter semester. - Richard Stockton College of New Jersey View Entire Review
Past Review Cea > Others
I learned a lot of spanish, and really fell in love with nature/beauty. The country is so beautiful that you really get consumed in it. If you desire to, you WILL learn a lot of Spanish, and you WILL enjoy this program. - Auburn University View Entire Review
i cannot wait to keep traveling, I have fallen in love with latin america and our love runs strong and deep - University of Texas - San Antonio View Entire Review
I learned so much about a completely different part of the world. My experience is unforgettable and I still get excited about talking about Costa Rica even though I've been back for 3 years. Speaking spanish is now a true passion of mine and I decided to major instead of minor in Spanish. I want to be a translator now. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
It was made me more open minded and worldly - University of Wisconsin - Stout View Entire Review
I gained self confidence and grew individually but I wish there wouldn't have been so many Americans. I could have learned a lot more Spanish if I would have surrounded myself with Ticos (Costa Ricans). - University of Wisconsin - Stout View Entire Review


Lush cloud forests. Sunny beaches. Unparalleled biodiversity. A range of opportunities to hone your Spanish skills and immerse in local culture - and live the pura vida lifestyle. Study abroad in Costa Rica with CEA CAPA for a semester, a summer, or a short-term and discover all that this Central American country has to offer! Nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Costa Rica is not only known for its stunning natural beauty, but for its commitment to democracy and peace - the country hasn't had a standing army in more than 40 years and boasts more teachers than policemen. Study with CEA CAPA in the bustling capital of San José at our partner institution, Veritas University, and choose from a range of course offerings that meet your academic, career, and personal interests. Focus on international business, intensive Spanish language, medical Spanish and health sciences; or complete an onsite tropical field study in a country known for its environmental conservation efforts.

Learn more about CEA CAPA Programs in San José.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Environmental Science
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Health Professions
  • Health Sciences General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
  • Business
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CEA CAPA Education Abroad Scholarships

CEA CAPA is committed to increasing access to study and interning abroad. We offer more than $2 million each year in scholarships, affiliations, and grant programs. CEA CAPA scholarships are available to students on programs of three weeks or more. All scholarships require students to complete an application, and not all scholarships are available each term. FEA scholarships are administered by the Fund for Education Abroad, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to study abroad.


Program Start Date: (Apply by Date) - January (Oct. 15) - March-April (Nov. 15) - May (March 1) - June-July (May 1) - August-October (May 1)

Scholarship awards vary from $100 - $5,000 according to need, program duration, and location. Content Creator and Alumni Ambassador funding varies and is disbursed following successful completion of program activities. Scholarships are very competitive. Students are encouraged to use thoughtful, concrete examples in the essay questions, include all required financial documents, and proofread carefully before submitting. Late essays or forms will not be accepted, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed. This scholarship cannot be combined with CEA CAPA Opportunity Scholarships - participants may apply for only one of these scholarships. *Please note, deadlines for Spring '24 Scholarships have now passed.*