Tuanis! Past Review

By (Biology, Grove City College) for

ISA Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved my study abroad experience! I wouldn't trade it for anything! Costa Rica was a great place to learn about a different culture, and it is a beautiful country to explore. Hopefully I will be able to use the Spanish I learned in Costa Rica in the future, and I plan on returning to Costa Rica at some point later on.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned so much while studying abroad! While the classes may not have been as work intensive as at my home university, I definitely took away more from the classes and was able to apply everything I learned.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The ISA office staff was very helpful all the time. They were always available if we had problems, and they willingly helped us with Spanish tutoring if we needed it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

My house mom was an amazing cook! She prepared delicious food for each and every meal.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The excursions led by the ISA staff were great, and I had the privilege of taking field trips with my tropical marine biology class that were also a lot of fun. I enjoyed traveling when I had the chance, but it was also great to explore San José when I couldn't.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Going out at night in the city wasn't always the best idea. If you did go out at night, it was always better to go with a group of people. Otherwise, it was relatively safe at all times of day.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

I practiced Spanish with my house mom, profesoras, and classmates. Sometimes I would try to speak with the natives, but that proved to be daunting with a few people! I learned a lot, but I would not consider myself fluent. Maybe another month or two could have helped me with that!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Host families were a great way to practice the language.
  • The atmosphere of Costa Rica was incredible.
  • The ISA staff was irreplaceable.
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This was a great program for just about anyone but especially those looking to learn Spanish. The program was geared toward Spanish language, and the professors did a wonderful job of teaching Spanish but also applying it to real-life situations (asking directions from natives, interviewing other native students, etc).

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Tropical Marine Biology

Course Department:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Field trips were amazing (snorkeling and learning about marine organisms). The profesora was very knowledgeable and always well-prepared. Although we did not have much class discussion, we did give several oral presentations which helped us share what we had learned with our classmates.
Credit Transfer Issues: No credit transfer issues