Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

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Study Abroad in San José: Fees

Session/Term Fee
Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Sciences Program (Semester) $10,495
Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Sciences Program (Extended Semester) $12,395
Spanish Language and Internship Program $12,395
Certificate of Knowledge Program $12,395

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 20 semester credits depending on program and course selection
  • Housing Homestay with a local family
  • Meals Breakfast and dinner every day in the homestay
  • Excursions and Day Trips 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 Poás Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation, Grecia and Sarchi in Alajuela
  • 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
  • On-Site Resident Director to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
  • Internship and Volunteer opportunities
  • Comprehensive insurance and assistance package
  • 24-hour emergency telephone service allows you to reach AIFS staff at any time in an urgent situation
  • Wide range of environmental studies courses

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
  • Personal/Professional Development–Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

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.

Optional AIFS Flight Package

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.

Green Initiative – Providing carbon offsetting for all flights

Estimated fees by departure city

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and are subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

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$1,100
Los Angeles$940
New York/ Newark$840
San Francisco$940
St. Louis$860
Washington, DC$720

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

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