CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Semester in Costa Rica

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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

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
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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. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
December 08, 2017 Pura Vida In Costa Rica
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! - Clemson University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Semester in Costa Rica
February 05, 2016 Unreal
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. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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!!!! - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
April 07, 2018 Pura Vida!
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. - 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 - Ohio University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Semester in Costa Rica
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... - Kennesaw State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Semester in Costa Rica
It was definitely worth it. I'm for sure going abroad next year somewhere else. Take advantage of studying abroad while your in college! - Plymouth State University View Entire Review
Yes!!!! - 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. - Marietta College View Entire Review

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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
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Professions
  • History
  • International Business
  • Spanish Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
2000
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CISabroad / Center for International Studies Scholarships

This award is intended for students within the LGBTQIA+ community. Recipients will work in coordination with the CISabroad Marketing Team to develop a plan for sharing their story while abroad. Options may include photos, instagram takeover, videos, or a blog. Recipients will be expected to submit 5 - 10 pieces.

$250

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs: Scholarship Deadline - October 15, Award Notification - November 15. Summer Study Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - March 1, Award Notification - April 1. Fall Semester Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - April 1, Award Notification - May 1.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

This scholarship is intended for students who are among the first from their U.S. university to go abroad on any CISabroad program. Recipients will work in coordination with the CISabroad Marketing Team to develop a plan for sharing their story while abroad. Options may include photos, instagram takeover, videos, or a blog. Recipients will be expected to submit 5 - 10 pieces.

$250

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs: Scholarship Deadline - October 15, Award Notification - November 15. Summer Study Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - March 1, Award Notification - April 1. Fall Semester Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - April 1, Award Notification - May 1.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

Are you already #InstaFamous? Take it to the next level. Recipients will be required to take part in an Instagram takeover as well as provide content for other CISabroad Social platforms. Examples of content include, 20 high quality photos, and a short video about your experience.

$250

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs: Scholarship Deadline - October 15, Award Notification - November 15. Summer Study Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - March 1, Award Notification - April 1. Fall Semester Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - April 1, Award Notification - May 1.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

There is no GPA requirement for these scholarships. Interested students should complete all scholarship application requirements and be sure to tell us why you want to be a CISabroad Photojournalist. Recipients will be required to maintain an online photo wordpress blog with at least 100 photos by the end of their program.

$100 towards a semester or summer program plus a $100 Amazon gift card to purchase a digital camera.

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs Scholarship Application Deadline: October 15 Award Notification: November 15 Summer Programs Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1 Award Notification: April 1 Fall Semester Programs Scholarship Application Deadline: April 1 Award Notification: May 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

This award is intended for under-served students within the education abroad population. Possible considerations include, STEM majors, first generation college students, multicultural backgrounds, and many more. Recipients will work in coordination with the CISabroad Marketing Team to develop a plan for sharing their story while abroad. Options may include photos, instagram takeover, videos, or a blog. Recipients will be expected to submit 5 - 10 pieces.

$250

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs: Scholarship Deadline - October 15, Award Notification - November 15. Summer Study Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - March 1, Award Notification - April 1. Fall Semester Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - April 1, Award Notification - May 1.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

There is no GPA requirement for these scholarships. Interested students should complete all scholarship application requirements and be sure to tell us why you want to be a CISabroad Videojournalist. Recipients will be required to maintain an online video wordpress blog with at least 1 video by the end of their program.

$100 towards a semester or summer program plus a $100 Amazon gift card to purchase a digital camera.

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs Scholarship Application Deadline: October 15 Award Notification: November 15 Summer Programs Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1 Award Notification: April 1 Fall Semester Programs Scholarship Application Deadline: April 1 Award Notification: May 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

This award is intended for students who are interested in or have an academic focus in conservation, community development, or sustainability. Recipients will arrange and participate in at least two volunteer opportunities while overseas and make a presentation, video, blog, or vlog on their experience upon returning home.

$250

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs: Scholarship Deadline - October 15, Award Notification - November 15. Summer Study Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - March 1, Award Notification - April 1. Fall Semester Programs: Scholarship Application Deadline - April 1, Award Notification - May 1.

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

This award is given to students who are ready to dive deep and tell their story to the world! While abroad, recipients will learn to blog or vlog like a pro using either Wordpress or YouTube. When you return students will work in coordination with the CISabroad Marketing Team to develop a project that will be completed upon return of your overseas experience.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
Spring Semester Programs: Scholarship Deadline - October 15 Award Notification - November 15 Summer Study Programs Scholarship Application Deadline - March 1 Award Notification - April 1 Fall Semester Programs Scholarship Application Deadline - April 1 Award Notification - May 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Candidates who meet the academic requirements will have their applications forwarded to the scholarship committee who will judge their application based on academic merit and a written essay. All scholarships and grants are only awarded to participants of CISabroad programs.

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