Spend a summer in the mellow and breathtaking city of San José, Costa Rica with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Veritas University, one of the most highly regarded private universities in Latin America. The university’s urban campus is just a short drive from lush rainforests, volcanoes, endearing sloths and stunning coastlines.
Stay Longer in San José!
This summer session in San José can be combined with the new San José May Term program for a longer study abroad experience:
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 8 semester credits (subject to session and course selection)
Courses offered in architecture, art, business, communications, economics, environmental sciences, health, history, linguistics, literature, photography, physical therapy, politics, psychology, social science, Spanish language, Spanish language for business, health and law enforcement professionals
Daily breakfast and dinner in your homestay
Manuel Antonio National Park (3 days)
in and around San José including orientation and city tour, dance lesson, cooking class and visits to local markets
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Say “hola” to Sierra, a college student from Grand Valley State University (GVSU)! Sierra took over the AIFS Abroad Instagram story to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Costa Rica this summer and highlight what a typical day in her life looks like there.
Living in a homestay is the best way to learn Spanish, understand the 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 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 first-hand 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 life changing experience with us. ¡Bienvenidos!
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 Central American culture, a wealth of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee.
Both inside and outside the classroom students will have the opportunity to participate in a rich program of cultural activities organized by the university and the AIFS Resident Director. There is always something going on and something to do. Activities may include:
Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.
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.
Explore and swim the volcano hot springs and hike to La Fortuna Waterfall and more. Includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts and dinner on the first night.
*A minimum of 15 participants is required for this excursion to run.
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.)