ISA Study Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica

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Heredia is an invitingly pleasant and relaxed Costa Rican city. Filled with enjoyable parks, lively plazas and a surprising history, Heredia is a great location for the student looking for a truly unique Costa Rica experience. Heredia is a city th... read more

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I gained more than I can even begin to explain. If it's even a thought to study abroad in Heredia, do it. You'll regret it if you don't. Promise. - St. Cloud State University View Entire Review
Yes, definitely. I gained a lot of Spanish skills. The internship I participated in afterward was absolutely incredible and life-changing. I gained much knowledge and skills about environmental and social justice issues in Costa Rica that I will use in my future. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Yes, it was amazing! - Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Campus View Entire Review
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Yes - San Jose State University View Entire Review
Costa Rica expanded my knowledge of the world around me by showing me how others live. I was able to improve my Spanish-speaking skills, along with make some wonderful friends. I had the opportunity to serve others while enjoying every minute of paradise! - Grand Valley State University View Entire Review
I have become so much more independent. I feel now I want to explore more of the world it helps you become aware of other people around you and makes you a more well rounded person. - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee View Entire Review
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It was so worthwhile! I learned so much about myself and became so much more independent! I realized just how much I can accomplish on my own and I realized so many things that I have taken advantage of here in the US!It opened my eyes to a whole new World outside of the US and made me change my views on a lot of things! - University of Northern Colorado View Entire Review
I learned a ton about myself and my Latin American roots. I found a whole new joy of using Spanish as much as English in conversation. Going abroad just made me want to do it again!! - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
I was a Biology major before going to Costa Rica. After taking the biological diversity class my viewpoints of life changed a great deal. Experience in a culture totaly different form my own was amazing!! - West Texas A&M University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Heredia - Environmental Studies, Spanish Language & Courses with  Locals
While there were some things I was not happy about, looking back I wouldn't change a thing. After all, I wasn't there to have a vacation; I was there to have a life experience. I now think it should be required for all students to study abroad at some point during their college careers, because everyone I know who has gone abroa... - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Heredia - Environmental Studies, Spanish Language & Courses with  Locals
very worth while I learned a lot about myself and about another culture - Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Campus View Entire Review
Yes. It was something I always wanted to do. I would have regretted it forever if I had chickened out. I was miserable for most of the time, though. It was really hard to be away from my husband, and I had nightmares about being back there for months after I got back home. I was a little traumatized, but at the same time I ... - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
Better practice with Spanish, and the opportunity to try things I felt I would never do (i.e. bungee jump) - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
It was different. I really enjoyed my host family. Next time I go abroad I'll try more actively to avoid Americans. - Rice University View Entire Review

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Heredia is an invitingly pleasant and relaxed Costa Rican city. Filled with enjoyable parks, lively plazas and a surprising history, Heredia is a great location for the student looking for a truly unique Costa Rica experience. Heredia is a city that is emblematic of the Costa Rican lifestyle and makes for a perfect study abroad destination. The city showcases pleasant plazas, lush green spaces and parks, and friendly people enjoying their days. The smell of coffee wafts into the streets from nearby homes and from the many coffee plantations that surround the city. Some people say life in Heredia truly epitomizes the Costa Rican motto of pura vida (the pure life). The university town is not far from San José, the capital city of Costa Rica, so the big city is just a bus ride away. That being said, with so many events and activities in Heredia, students tend to argue that there is no reason to leave.

Heredia lies approximately 11 kilometers to the northwest of San José, in the verdant tropical foothills of the extinct Barva Volcano. The city of Heredia was founded in the beginning of the 18th century and for a short period served as the capital of Costa Rica. Today, Heredia boasts some of the oldest and most well-preserved colonial architecture in the country while also adapting and become one of the most modern and liveable cities in Costa Rica. Heredia is a university city, featuring many Spanish language schools and programs, and its sizeable student population includes many who come to perfect the Spanish language. Students and locals alike enjoy all that Heredia has to offer, including excellent cafés, ice cream parlors, vegetarian and health food, and several options for nightlife, as well as easy accessibility to San José!

Programs in Heredia include:


  • Academic Year: Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals

  • Semester / Trimester: Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals

  • Summer: Spanish Language & Latin American Literature

  • ISA Service-Learning: Learn about local social issues in Heredia by partnering with a community-based organization and following a reflection-based curriculum.

  • Gap: Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals

  • High School: Study Abroad in Heredia For College Credit


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • International Business
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • History
  • Environmental Studies
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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