Costa Rica Study Abroad
Study in Costa Rica to uncover the impressive biodiversity and high level of environmental awareness for which the country is known. Through ISA’s semester abroad, summer study abroad programs, and more, you will have the opportunity to explore the country's exquisite natural surroundings, vibrant culture, and cosmopolitan cities through an academic lens. Through our programs, you can learn Spanish in Costa Rica, or take courses in your field of study at one of the impressive universities found here.
To learn more about Costa Rican society and cultural history, please check out ISA’s Diversity in Costa Rica page. There you’ll find information about identity-related topics including Indigenous communities, local languages, race & ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+ communities, and disabilities access in Costa Rica.
What Our Students are Saying
"This was the best experience of my life! My directors, host family, and the other program students made this an experience I will never forget! Pura Vida!"
Andrea T.University of Central Missouri
"The experience helped me to develop a priceless worldview, to meet friends from all different places as well as lifestyles, and to learn in a way that a normal university classroom simply cannot fulfill."
Audra B.The Ohio State University
"My experience in Costa Rica was amazing, I really feel like I belong here after meeting local students, spending time with my host family and helping in an elementary school. I definitely want to come back soon!"
Bayza S.Illinois State University
"This was truly the best time of my life. I gained so much in Spanish and in personal growth. It was incredible. I would not trade one second of my time abroad."
Jazmyn S.Capital University
"Studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica was one of the best decisions that I have ever made! Being completely immersed in a Spanish-speaking country and living with a host family improved my language communication skills dramatically. Costa Rica is a beautiful country, and exploring its natural wonders along with its rich culture is something that I will never forget. "
Julianna P.Western Carolina University
"The ISA staff was so helpful every step of the way. In Costa Rica, the directors were knowledgeable and obviously very experienced. All the elements that they organized (homestay, excursions, cultural activities, etc) were wonderful!"
Kayla S.University of Nebraska