Getting to know Costa Rica Past Review

By (Spanish-teaching, University of Northern Iowa) for

Universidad Veritas: San José - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile. I love the culture

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.


* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great language experience! Kind of unorganized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Great food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Great friends and the Tico students were super nice!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Pick pocketing common, especially for foreigners

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?

Host family, friends, classmates

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Interaction with the Ticos
* What could be improved?
  • Course selection-it is a design university