Study Abroad at Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica Past Review

By (Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology., Rice University) for

ISA Study Abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was different. I really enjoyed my host family. Next time I go abroad I'll try more actively to avoid Americans.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica
The term and year this program took place: Summer 2008

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Far too easy. The students who were in my classes were not the same level of students I was used to.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The Heredia branch of the program was the neglected branch. We didn't have the amenities and access to internet that the San Jose students had.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived with a family of 3 and a fellow American housemate. <br /><br /> My family was the best part about the trip.

* Food:

My tica mom was a great cook.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My program was heavily made up of fundamentalist Christians from deep Texas. Instead of going out, they did bible study.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Central American cities with few tourists aren't good places for American women.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?

Any improvement I experienced was because the family I lived with didn't speak English.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't go in the summer. If you do bring an umbrella. The term "rainy season" shouldn't be taken lightly.