You will have the time of your life! Embrace the culture and be open for adventure. Speak with the office staff because they will always have amazing advice.

Kohner Vugrenes
California State University, Chico

Participant in San Ramón, Costa Rica


Costa Rica Study Abroad Programs

  • Capital: San José
  • Official Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Costa Rica colón (CRC)

Costa Rica is well known for its peaceful lifestyle, egalitarian society, stable government, excellent medical care, and extraordinary natural beauty. Known as the “Switzerland of Latin America,” Costa Rica abolished its military in 1948. Consequently, it has been able to redirect its resources toward the development of its educational system and infrastructure. As a result, today Costa Rica is proud of its healthcare system, political stability, and literacy rate of more than 93% among its four million inhabitants.

Arenal Volcano is a breathtaking sight to take in while on a field trip.  Photo credit: Erin O'Donnell

Arenal Volcano is a breathtaking sight to take in while on a field trip.
Photo credit: Erin O'Donnell

The geography of Costa Rica displays a stunning panorama of nature, which includes the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, mountains that soar to 12,000 feet, lush rain forests, and smoking volcanoes. Costa Rica has been a forerunner in the development of national parks and in the preservation of wildlife. More than half the country is forested. In its reserves you can see more species of birds than are found in the US and Canada combined, many colorful kinds of butterflies, abundant native wildlife, and saltwater fish and mollusks. These factors, combined with ever expanding nature reserves, have made Costa Rica a favorite destination for ecologically oriented tourism from around the world.

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