Spend January Term in the laidback and picturesque city of San José, Costa Rica, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options focusing on health and human sciences at Veritas University, the first private university in Costa Rica. Study on the university’s urban campus, equipped with modern facilities and located near the heart of the city’s vibrant nightlife scene.
** Starting J Term 2023 and onward, students participating in our Costa Rica programs will need to have COVID vaccinations and at least one booster dose. Students without these doses will NOT be allowed to participate or be allowed into the country. **
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
3 semester credits
Course in health and human sciences
in a homestay with a Costa Rican family
Daily breakfast and dinner in your homestay
A walking tour, a visit to the Huetar indigenous community and a trip to Cartago
To help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area and advise you about your stay
To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Round trip flights U.S.-San José-U.S
Round trip transfers between the airport and campus overseas
Manuel Antonio National Park (3 days)
A rewarding part of your time abroad and the best way to get involved in the culture and integrate into the local community. There is privacy for study yet contact with your “Tico” hosts. Host families may have children who have left home or young adult children still living at home, and some may host other international students. The homestay includes:
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in San José.
In the heart of Central America, Costa Rica is a gem of a destination, with San José, the capital, the beating heart of this unique country. Tremendous biodiversity, stunning landscapes, clean energy production and an engaging and friendly culture are prevalent both in the street and in the workplace.
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 firsthand 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 and 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.
Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Costa Rican culture, a wealth of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee.
There is always something going on and something to do. In addition to the field trips to public health facilities, activities may include:
Please note that students may pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.
Program is closed
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and 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.)