CEA: 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 for a semester, a summer, or a... read more

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I gained a lot from my experience and I would definitely go again . - Xavier University of Louisiana View Entire Review
September 27, 2018 Men Are Creepy
yeah - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and pushed myself to limits, I probably would never have if I did not go away. I have grown a lot and become a better person because of my experiences I faced aboard. - Mount Saint Mary College View Entire Review
Independence, confidence, and life-long friends. I'll never regret going abroad, I'm actually planning on doing a second program next summer. - Washington State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: San Jose, Costa Rica
More than I can name! I became so much more independent. My semester abroad in CR also helped me become an even more confident and improved version of myself. My spanish improved tremendously, and I use the medical spanish that I learned at my pediatric clinic job everyday. I also gained life long friends and so many special mem... - University of Memphis View Entire Review
I learned a new perspective on a culture and an insight of a new language - None View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: San Jose, Costa Rica
Circumstances will change, but the only thing that will remain constant in life is change. Learn to embrace change early in life and you will succeed. - University of Memphis View Entire Review
This experience was very scary for me at first because I had never left the country before and I traveled alone. But once I got there and met everyone else I calmed down. I made SO MANY amazing friends that I will be keeping in touch with and adventures I will never forget. Im more than thrilled that I actually had the guts to d... - Metropolitan State University of Denver View Entire Review
My experience was definitely worthwhile! I wish it could have been longer, but even with just the 4 week program I learned so much about the culture and the city, as well as improved my spanish skills and took adventures. - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville View Entire Review
I have become less shy and backward and opened up a lot - Clarion University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
Past Review Pura Vida!
This experience was completely worthwhile. I came into it having a solid knowledge of the Spanish language, but by the time I left, I could understand nearly everything people were saying and speak with considerable ease. Not only that, I also learned a lot of independence. One can grow up a lot when traveling by themselves! ... - University of Nebraska - Lincoln View Entire Review
Past Review Pura Vida!
I learned how to believe in myself and not be afraid to come out of my shell. When I look back at my college career I absolutely believe that this experience was the point where I truly grew as a person and learned the most about myself. - University of Memphis View Entire Review
I loved learning the language and meeting new and interesting people. - University of San Diego View Entire Review
April 10, 2019 Pura Vida 🌸
I gained language skills and confidence beyond anything that can be taught within a classroom setting. I also learned how valuable cultural immersion can be and how to be independent in unfamiliar places. - Nebraska Wesleyan University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: San Jose, Costa Rica
November 20, 2017 Four Months In Costa Rica
I gained so much confidence in myself! I learned how to live on my own and adapt to a new place. I will take the lessons I learned and memories from my study abroad experience with me through the rest of my life! - Philadelphia University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: San Jose, Costa Rica
I learned how to become more independent and skills to add on to my major. It was worthwhile. - Berea College View Entire Review
Learning Spanish would definitely be the biggest gain I got from study abroad. It was definitely worth it! - Universidad Veritas View Entire Review
August 05, 2016 Unforgettable
Language - Berea College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: San Jose, Costa Rica
I gained courage, knowledge, and a sense of self I've never had. I am confident and proud of myself for the first time. I feel capable and empowered because of what I've done here. - University of Memphis View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: San Jose, Costa Rica
I gained an international perspective, I learned about a new culture, I improved my language skills, made U.S. and Costa Rican friends, and had easily the best summer ever - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
How to adapt to different situations and good problem solving skills! It takes a lot to live in a different country and I will definitely - Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: San Jose, Costa Rica
Program was definitely worth while-I learned more about the Spanish language and Latin American culture. - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I gained the ability to travel via public transportation, to travel alone, to ask questions when I needed information, talked to strangers who became fast friends - University of Arizona View Entire Review
Past Review An Adventure
I learned to be self sufficient. and having to get over the language barrier - University of Southern Indiana View Entire Review
I learned more about other people, culture, and myself. I also learned more about the Spanish language and traveling. It was definitely worthwhile. - Frostburg State University View Entire Review

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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 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 in the bustling capital of San Jose at our partner institutions, Veritas University and Universidad latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia, 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; gain hands-on experience with an internship or a service learning program in rural Pejibaye near the cultural and historical center of Cartago; or complete an on-site tropical field study in a country known for its environmental conservation efforts.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Business
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Health Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Environmental Science
Minimum GPA:
2.6
Year Founded:
1997
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For CEA students who seek a global learning experience.

$400-$3000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; An original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing why it is important to gain “a new way of seeing things” and how you will achieve this while studying abroad: "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." – Henry Miller

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$400-$2000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 3.0; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (both found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; An original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing your career goals and how the skills and attributes you hope to gain while studying abroad will support your professional endeavors: "All major hiring companies need global citizens. Global sensitivities, global perspective, global insight, along with maturity and a capacity for risk-taking, are exactly the skills every major organization is looking for – in every industry." – Kevin Gill, Global Director of Staffing for Honeywell

For CEA students who demonstrate a high need for additional funding.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (found on CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and Financial Need Scholarship Form (Found on CEA website -- work with the financial aid office at your home institution to complete the form)

For CEA students who excel academically.

$750-$3,000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 3.7; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (both found on CEA website); and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing how you look forward to ‘learning, unlearning, and relearning’ and how you will accomplish your learning/unlearning goals during your study abroad experience: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." – Alvin Toffler

For CEA students from diverse backgrounds or students who have had a personal experience with diversity

$400-$2,000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application & Recommendation Form (both found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing how your experience with diversity has prepared you for your study abroad experience: "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." – Maya Angelou

CEA has partnered with the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that strives to double the number of U.S. college students who study abroad, to offer this scholarship to CEA students

$400-$750

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application & Recommendation Form (both found on CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on how you plan to utilize your international experience to connect your home community and other international communities before, during, and after your time abroad.

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