Study Abroad in San Josť, Costa Rica

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Study Abroad in San Josť: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


For many students this is the most rewarding part of their time abroad. Living in a homestay is the best way to learn Spanish, gain a unique and personal insight into Costa Rican culture and integrate into the local community.

  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Located close to campus
  • Breakfast and dinner every day

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in San Josť

The Truth About Living with a Host Family

Cultural Activities

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Costa Rican life. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:

  • Walking tours of San Josť
  • Costa Rican cooking class
  • Indigenous reserve
  • Local museums and markets
  • Teatro Nacional visits
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Latino dance lessons
  • Organic farm visit
  • Hiking
  • Participation in a language exchange program with Costa Rican students

You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Volunteering Opportunities

You can give back to the local community by undertaking volunteer work with children and elderly people and on other social projects within San Josť. Placements are made after arrival in Costa Rica and in discussion with the AIFS Resident Director. For more information speak to the AIFS Admissions Officer.

AIFS in San José Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Karla Carballo

Phone: (506) 2234-5805

¡Hola! My name is Karla Carballo and I very much welcome your interest in being part of AIFS and our "pura vida" lifestyle in Costa Rica.

As a study abroad student at the age of 16 in France I saw first-hand the value of this experience. International education has become a passion in my life and being part of the students' personal and academic growth is a real honor. For this reason, we pursue excellence!

My professional training in psychology has been helpful in enabling me to provide support to international students facing the challenges of living abroad. You can always count on me for support, guidance and of course, ideas to enjoy your adventure in Costa Rica.

I look forward to welcoming you to Costa Rica and hope you all have an unforgettable, life-changing experience with us. ¡Bienvenidxs!

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

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