Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

Study Abroad in San José: Fees

Session/Term Fee
Fall or Spring Semester (12 Week Program) $9,795
Fall or Spring Semester (16 Week Program) $11,495
Spanish Language and Internship Program $11,495
Certificate of Knowledge Program $11,495

Stay for a year and save $1,000
Students enrolling for a full year (two semesters) at the same campus receive an automatic fee reduction of $1,000 toward their second semester fee.

Program Fee Includes:


  • Personalized assistance from site specialists on the AIFS Admissions Team in the U.S. to help you prepare for your study abroad experience, answer questions about the academic program, provide course syllabi and assist with the student visa process
  • Pre-departure resources including online course descriptions, an information handbook and an online AIFS account to help you manage your application and pre-departure materials
  • Student networking resources allow you to connect with other students who will be going on your program, as well as AIFS alumni who can provide first-hand information and advice on what to expect


  • Tuition up to 23 semester credits depending on program and course selection
  • Housing with a Costa Rican homestay family
  • Meals breakfast and dinner every day in your homestay
  • Day trips and Excursions including a 3-day excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, a 3-day excursion to Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs and Monteverde Cloud Forest and a day trip to Poas Volcano with a Doka Coffee tour and a visit to Grecia and Sarchi
  • Cultural and social activities such as walking tours, film club, illustrators club, visit to the Teatro Nacional, an indigenous reserve, cooking class, and visits to local museums and markets
  • Resident Director and student services support staff to help with any questions or advice you may need while in Costa Rica
  • Orientation workshops to help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area, advise you about living in Costa Rica and help you to adjust to the culture
  • Volunteer opportunities such as working with children, the elderly and assisting on other social projects in the community of San José
  • University services including the library, lunch ticket packages, free wi-fi, printing card, computer labs, cafeterias and shuttle service to homestays
  • Comprehensive insurance and assistance package
  • 24-hour emergency telephone service allows you to reach AIFS staff at any time in an urgent situation

Upon Return

  • Official transcript issued by the Universidad Veritas. One official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution on completion of the program
  • Re-entry materials and support upon return to the U.S. to help you make the transition back to life after your study abroad experience
  • Alumni network and career development opportunities on the AIFS Alumni Advocate and AIFS Alumni Ambassador Programs

Optional Components

Please note fee does not include the non-refundable $95 application fee. Students not selecting the AIFS Flight Package are responsible for arranging their own flights according to the most up-to-date itinerary.

AIFS Program with Optional Round-Trip Flights and Airport Transfers

For your convenience, AIFS will arrange your round-trip airfare (including all fuel surcharges, taxes and fees), meet you at the arrival airport(s) and provide transportation to and from the program site on scheduled arrival and departure dates.

Fall or Spring Semester


  • U.S. to San José
  • San José to U.S.

Airport Transfers

  • Airport to Campus
  • Campus to Airport

Fees by departure city

Des Moines$1,020
Los Angeles$860
New York/ Newark$760
San Francisco$860
St. Louis$780
Washington, DC$640

The optional flight package prices listed are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of invoicing. (Program fee is guaranteed.)