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Costa Rica is a safe, exciting place to study for students interested in all kinds of subjects, from tropical ecology and biology to international relations and international business. Semester and year-long exchange programs are available through many US universities. Shorter seminar programs also exist for non-students. There are a large number of Spanish language-learning schools, most of which afford its students the chance for true cultural immersion through volunteer opportunities, weekend excursions, workshops on Costa Rican culture, dance lessons, and housing with host families.

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which can be acquired through your home university or any of the other locations listed on their website (, goes a long way in Costa Rica, getting you discounts for museums, movies, events, flights, and even some hotels. The card costs $20 dollars, and it includes $3,000 in emergency medical coverage and access to 24-hour toll-free emergency hotline. has an extensive list of high school, academic, internship, intersession and language programs in Costa Rica. The following list is just a small sample:

The University for Peace (, located southwest of San Jose and founded by the UN in 1980, has a study abroad program for graduate students.

The Monteverde Institute ( specializes in experiential learning. Courses include language and culture study, sustainable futures, and globalization and health studies.

Proyecto Campanario ( offer neotropical ecology courses in the Campanario tropical rainforest.

The Institute for Central American Development Studies ( provides courses focused on women´s issues, economic development, environmental studies, public health, education, human rights, and wildlife conservation. Both semester programs and shorter term courses available.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Costa Rica: Safety, Studying Spanish, Safety, Eco-lodges, Eco-Tourism and National Parks in Costa Rica, When to go, When to go, Embassies , Volunteer and PRETOMA Sea Turtle Restoration Project.

12 Oct 2010

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