Study Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

Living Abroad

AIFS in San José Resident Director, Summer Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Karla Carballo

Phone: (506) 2234 5805

Hola! My name is Karla Carballo and I am excited to show you my beautiful country and introduce you to our "pura vida" lifestyle. As a 16-year-old study abroad student in France, I understood first-hand the value of living and studying in a different country and what a unique experience it is to truly get to know another culture. International education has become a passion in my life, and being part of the students' personal and academic growth is a real honor; and for this reason I strive every day to ensure you have a wonderful and enriching experience.

My professional training in psychology has been very useful in providing the support that international students need to successfully meet the challenges of living abroad and embrace all their program has to offer. You can always count on us for support, guidance, and of course ideas to enjoy your adventure in Costa Rica.

I hope you all have an unforgettable life changing experience with us. Bienvenidos y bienvenidas!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Housing and Meals


  • You will be housed with a local family located within walking distance of the campus. You will have your own bedroom and there may be other international students also living in the homestay. Your host family will provide a weekly laundry wash. Living in a homestay is the best way to learn Spanish, get involved in the culture and integrate into the local community.


  • You will be provided with breakfast and dinner daily by your host family. Lunch can be purchased inexpensively at the cafeteria on the University campus.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Central American culture, a wealth of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee.

Both inside and outside the classroom students will have the opportunity to participate in a rich program of cultural activities organized by the University and the AIFS Resident Director. There is always something going on and something to do. Activities may include:

  • Welcome lunch
  • Tours in and around San Josť
  • Tropical dance lessons
  • Sports
  • International Club
  • Visits to a coffee plantation
  • Tour of the Teatro Nacional
  • Visits to museums
  • Tours of local markets
  • Theater performances
  • Concerts
  • Participation in a language exchange program with Costa Rican students
  • Visit to the indigenous reserve of Quitirrisi
  • Costa Rican cooking class
  • Farewell dinner

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.