Costa Rica Study Abroad Past Review

By (Elementary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University) for

Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Student Teachers in Costa Rica

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Very much worthwhile! Would do it all over again if I could!

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

We had 2-3 articles to read on our own time everyday. We discussed these articles either before or after dinner. The articles were very interesting which made reading and talking about them, fun.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

This program was very laid back. Everyday we read articles and discussed them. We traveled all over Costa Rica. Dr. Armstrong knew exactly what he was doing which made this trip stress free.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was highly impressed with the hotels we stayed at.

* Food:

The food was delicious.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I would encourage anyone who has the opportunity to take this trip, to do so!! It was such a great experience and I would do it all over again if I could!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There was not a time where I did not feel safe on this trip.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I brought $1,000 and came home with extra. That was more than enough.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There is a fee to get back into America.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Traveling all over CR.
  • Trying new food.
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you are given the opportunity- TAKE THIS TRIP!