Summer in Costa Rica

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Gap Year Friendly
Most Affordable

Learn the meaning of "pura vida" this summer

Study abroad for a summer in San José, Costa Rica, to improve your Spanish, take fascinating courses in English, and check out all that this amazing country has to offer. You'll live with a local "Tico" family and truly immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture. Enjoy an amazing campus setting at Universidad Veritas, a local, private university with an impressive approach to sustainability. Study Spanish language exclusively, or study Spanish and another course from a variety of topics (mostly locally focused) in English or Spanish.

What to Expect

Average Courseload:
1-4 Courses (3-16 U.S. Credits)
GPA Requirement:
Visa Requirement:
NONE Required!


Great base for exploring the mountains, jungles, volcanoes, and beaches
Study on the lush, sustainable campus of a highly ranked private university in San José
Cooking classes, dance classes, and sports events to help you meet your local and international classmates
Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English, from business to tropical ecology to photography
Small, engaging Spanish classes for all language levels

Learn More About This and Other Programs

  • Summer in Costa Rica
    CIS Abroad was so helpful with advising me on which program to choose. I lived with a host family, which was an amazing way to learn and be a part of the culture. Also, CIS Abroad has some of the most affordable programs out there.
    Samantha Popkin University of Florida Summer in Costa Rica
  • Summer in Costa Rica
    My experience in Costa Rica was absolutely amazing. Especially the beach trips, living with my host family, the food, and the classes I took at the university. I honed my language skills and I know so much more Spanish than I did before.
    D'Asia Session Rochester Institute of Technology Summer in Costa Rica

Dates & Prices

Additional Information:

Price Range

The lower price includes one course per session: an elective course
The higher price includes two courses per session: an elective course and a Spanish course

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.


Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

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