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

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On Summer in Costa Rica, you will study in English and take Spanish-language classes at a local university in bustling San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Your fellow students will be a great balance of students from across the US and many countr... read more

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A student studying abroad with CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Summer in Costa Rica
I gained more confidence speaking Spanish, I am more comfortable visiting another country on my own and I can now say I've visited a country outside of the United States. - Rochester Institute of Technology View Entire Review
I gained a new understanding of Latin American culture and improved my language skills. It was definitely worthwhile - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Summer in Costa Rica
I gained new lifelong friends, with an experience I would not trade for the world. I learned that my Spanish is not near as good as I thought it was, but this just makes me rise to the challenge just the more. I have a greater and deeper appreciation for my American Citizenship and the American that I was born! I had an awesome ... - Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne / IPFW View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Summer in Costa Rica
I learned that Americans are spoiled and take a lot of things for granted. I also learned that Costa Ricans are very friendly and willing to help everyone. It was so worthwhile. I was able to meet all different types of people from all over the United States. I gained insight on human rights abuses in Latin America as well. - Thiel College View Entire Review
Every International experience changes you and becomes a part of who you are, so make the most of it! - Plymouth State University View Entire Review
October 01, 2018 Best Experience Ever!
CIS Abroad helped me in many ways in choosing the right program for me. I lived with a host family which was an amazing way to learn and be a part of the culture. Also, CIS Abroad is one of the most affordable programs to study abroad. - University of Florida View Entire Review
Whether it's in Latin America, Europe, etc., I HIGHLY recommend studying or interning abroad to EVERYONE. Studying abroad in Costa Rica has definitely been one of the highlights in my undergraduate career, and if I had the chance to I would go to Europe, preferably Italy, France, Spain, or Czech Republic! While I was abroad, I f... - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CISabroad (Center for International Studies): San Jose - Summer in Costa Rica
Past Review Amazing!
I learned that I am independent and that I can do things for myself. I am not afraid to ask questions to help me learn. The experience is the best thing i have ever done and i would do it a thousand times over. - Berea College View Entire Review
the experience was very eye opening. It taught you a whole new culture and understanding of the world. Took you out of your comfort zone and allowed you the experience of being the minority. - Ohio Northern University View Entire Review
I will never forget my time abroad. I learned so much through my program and the people and memories that I gained are priceless. I became so comfortable with the language and culture of Costa Rica while I was there and I think that has defintiely stayed with me as I have transitioned back to my studies in the States. - Marquette University View Entire Review

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On Summer in Costa Rica, you will study in English and take Spanish-language classes at a local university in bustling San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Your fellow students will be a great balance of students from across the US and many countries around the world, giving you the opportunity to learn more about different cultures. Take Spanish-language courses at any level with local professors. Use your Spanish in the markets, restaurants, and salsa classes of San Jose, and you’ll really learn the language. Study the Costa Rican health care system, human rights in Latin America, ecotourism, cultural photography, and international economic integration in Latin America, all in English. A day trip and a weekend excursion with your fellow study abroad students are included in the program.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Health Professions
  • International Business
  • Legal Professions and Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • Environmental Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
2000
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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

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 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 CIS Abroad programs.

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

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 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 CIS Abroad programs.

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

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 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 CIS Abroad programs.

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

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 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 CIS Abroad programs.

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.

$250

Deadlines:
Spring: October 1 Summer: March 1 Fall: April 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 CIS Abroad programs.

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