Spend a semester or academic year in the lively capital city of San José, Costa Rica, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at the Universidad Veritas, one of the most highly respected universities in Latin America. Located on an urban campus, the university is home to a diverse student population of nearly 2,000, including several hundred international students.
** 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
Up to 20 semester credits depending on program and course selection
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Spanish
Homestay with a local family
Breakfast and dinner every day in the homestay
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
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Sarapiquí hiking and rafting (2 days)
Bocas del Toro, Panama (4 days) Extended Program only
Meet Marie, a college student from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, who took over the AIFS Abroad Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad and do an international internship in San José, Costa Rica during her fall semester! Watch as Marie highlights what a typical day in the life looks like there.
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.
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 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. ¡Bienvenidos!
The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
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:
You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.
You can give back to the local community by undertaking volunteer work with children and elderly people and on other social projects within San José. Placements are made after arrival in Costa Rica and in discussion with the AIFS Resident Director. For more information speak to the AIFS Program Manager.
Go sightseeing, hike to La Fortuna Waterfall, take a boat ride across Arenal Lake to Monteverde, zip-line in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and more. Includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts and dinner on the first night.
Hike, swim at the beach or hotel pool, and explore the park’s exotic flora and fauna. Includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts and all entrance fees.
Guided tours and free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation, lunch and entrance fees.
Rafting, guided hikes (including a night hike with a local naturalist) and chocolate making demonstration. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, dinner (night one) and breakfast and lunch (day two).
Take an array of guided tours and visits to Bahía Delfines, Isla Pájaros, Playa las Estrellas and Playa Red Frog. Snorkle in the Caribbean waters of Cayo Coral and Cayo Zapatilla. Includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations, group dinners and daily breakfasts.
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.)
Social identity & access
One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.Learn more