- North/Central America /
- Costa Rica /
- San Jose /
- CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Semester in Costa Rica
CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Semester in Costa Rica
On Semester in Costa Rica, you will study in English or in Spanish at a local university, Universidad Veritas, in the bustling capital city of San Jose. In your free time, explore nearby volcanoes, go zip lining in the rainforest, and get to know ... read more
Try new things even if it makes you uncomfortable. Oprah Bennett - Cottey College View Entire Review
Study abroad was one of the best experiences of my life. You meet so many new people all around the world that are going to be life long friends. I learned how to appreciate other cultures more and especially with Tico time, things will get done when they need to get done. A student - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
Studying abroad was the best decision of my entire life, and I'm sad that it's over!! I learned so much about the world around me and about myself. I never realized how many opportunities can arise if you just take a step out of your comfort zone A student - Ohio University View Entire Review
It was a once in a lifetime experience and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat without hesitation. The overall satisfaction came from experiences while traveling, relationship building moments with my host family and other American students, and the tasty food. The experience has strengthen my interest in doing more abr... Caitlin M - Kennesaw State University View Entire Review
It was definitely worth it. I'm for sure going abroad next year somewhere else. Take advantage of studying abroad while your in college! Matt M - Plymouth State University View Entire Review
Yes!!!! Leigh L - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
Yes. I grew a lot during my stay, confronting those things I struggled with, like shyness, language, and I grew much more independent. It feels nice to be feel like I could call another country a second home. Nicole H - Marietta College View Entire Review
I think I really understand the Pura Vida lifestyle and how truly priceless our environment is to us. It's hard to put these big ideas into words but it was 110% worthwhile. Charly Y - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
It was SO worthwhile. One of the best decision of my life. I learned how to communicate through a language barrier, I learned about the culture, how it feels to be a minority, and my eyes were opened to how big and amazing the world is! A student - Clemson University View Entire Review
I learn way more than I can explain in words. I learned so much academically, socially, culturally, and life lessons that I will carry with me forever. I was beyond worthwhile. A student - Berea College View Entire Review
The classes I've taken here teaches the material from the Latin American perspective, which is different than the Unites States perspective. I have learned things from a different point of view, which broadens my mind. And I can see what is being taught inside the classroom, outside. Tiffany H - University of North Florida View Entire Review
I learned so much more about life in general. My classes were great but I learned how genuine people can really be. Sarah M - University of New Hampshire View Entire Review
This experience was one of the greatest things I have ever decided to do. It greatly benefitted my language skills and also taught me how to live with less. I became very aware of the cultural differences-something that is very beneficial for the future when I will be working with different people. Rachel B - Wisconsin Lutheran College View Entire Review
Being immersed in the culture helps with language skills as well as cultural understanding. I have a huge appreciation for the people and traditions in Costa Rica. Now I have the travel bug-- I want to see the entire world!!!! Amy E - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
On Semester in Costa Rica, you will study in English or in Spanish at a local university, Universidad Veritas, in the bustling capital city of San Jose. In your free time, explore nearby volcanoes, go zip lining in the rainforest, and get to know Costa Rican culture while sipping some of the best coffee in the world with classmates at a local café! Your fellow students will be a great balance of local Costa Ricans, known as Ticos, and international students, so you’ll get to meet people from across the world and learn more about the different cultures. Take courses ranging from Costa Rican culture and environment to art studies taught in English, take Spanish-language courses, or, if your Spanish is strong enough, choose from a variety of courses in Spanish to immerse yourself with local Costa Rican students and professors!
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Environmental Studies
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Health Professions
- International Business
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CISabroad / Center for International Studies Scholarships
This award is intended for students within the LGBTQIA+ community, as part of CIS Abroad’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad. Studying abroad as an LGBTQIA+ or gender nonconforming student brings an additional set of challenges and options to consider. There are some questions you may want to ask yourself, and research to be done, before choosing a study abroad program – but our LGBTQIA+ students have amazing experiences abroad and often find local LGBTQIA+ communities to be a part of. Recipients will select from a variety of mediums to share their story while abroad, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.
Up to $500
This award is intended to benefit students of color, who are traditionally underrepresented within education abroad. We aim to widen the diversity of our community of interns and students abroad and foster equity in access to these experiences. If you identify as biracial, multiracial, Black, African & African American, Caribbean American, Latinx / Chican@ / Hispanic, Asian & Asian American, Native, Pacific Islander, or another minoritized racial/ethnic identity not listed, we invite you to apply. In your application essay, tell us about how your identity will impact your experience abroad. Recipients will select from a variety of mediums to share their story while abroad, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.
Up to $500
This award is intended for students in a Greek Life organization who need help covering the cost of membership dues while abroad. In keeping with the philanthropic values of Greek Life organizations, recipients should plan to participate in at least one self-directed volunteer opportunity while abroad and produce content (ex. a blog post or video) related to that experience, in addition to other selections.
Up to $500
We understand first-generation students face additional barriers to studying and interning abroad. In fact, many staff members at CIS Abroad are also first-generation college students. This scholarship is intended to help fund the visa process, flights, and international housing for students who are among the first from their family to go to college. Recipients will share their story of learning and exploration while abroad with a photo gallery and their choice of travel vlog, blogging, or an Instagram takeover.
Up to $500
This award is intended for students who demonstrate excellence in their academic major. While abroad, recipients will use a variety of channels (video, blogging, photos) to share how studying/interning abroad is enriching their academic or professional career, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.
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