Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

AIFS Program at a Glance - Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

  • Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester
  • Courses Taught in English and Spanish
  • Program options:
    • Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Science: 12 or 16 weeks
      • Open to high school graduates, college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors
      • Minimum 2.5 GPA
      • No previous Spanish language study required
    • Spanish Language and Internship: 16 weeks
      • Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
      • Minimum 2.6 GPA
      • Minimum 2 years college-level Spanish
      • Minimum 5 completed courses in subject area of internship
    • Certificate of Knowledge: 16 weeks
      • Open to all students
      • Minimum 2.5 GPA
      • No previous Spanish language study required
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, meals, orientation workshops, excursions and cultural activities, and more. Optional AIFS Flight Package available.
  • Courses include art, architecture, business, communications, economics, environmental impact and sustainable development, history, internships, literature, management, marketing, photography, politics, psychology, tropical ecology, tropical marine biology, Spanish language, Spanish for health professionals, and Spanish for law enforcement
  • The local AIFS Resident Director and staff organize cultural activities and housing, act as a liaison between students and the university, and are available 24/7 in case of emergencies
  • Comprehensive Insurance and assistance package
  • Transcripts issued by Veritas University. One official copy will be sent to the student's home institution on completion of the program

Internships available

Volunteer opportunities available

Application and Scholarship Deadlines

  • Fall Semester is full. Click here for available programs.
  • Spring Semester is full. Click here for available programs.

AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships available!
The scholarship deadline is April 15 for the Academic Year/Fall Semester and October 1 for the Spring Semester.


U.S. citizens automatically get a tourist visa when they enter Costa Rica which allows them to stay 90 days which covers the 12-week program. Students on the 16-week program which is over 90 days should talk to their AIFS Admissions Officer about the visa process.

Meet Your Admissions Officer

Admissions Officer

Justin Lee

1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: (800) 727-2437 ext. 5074

I truly believe that studying abroad is one of the best ways to gain a cultural and global education and self-awareness.

I am a graduate of Ithaca College, and Drexel University. After studying abroad in London my junior year, I discovered my passion for international education. After graduating, I packed up my car and moved out to California, where I managed international education tours for a small tour operator prior to joining AIFS in 2006. My years in educational travel have led me to many areas of the world. Whether you are just starting to consider study abroad or need assistance finalizing what to pack, I am here to help.

Your Admissions Officer is available to guide you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about studying abroad on this program.

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