Sol Education Abroad

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Sol Education Abroad provides affordable study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, Argentina, Spain, and Mexico. Sol Education Abroad prides itself in providing hands-on service to ensure an enriching experience abroad. It's this unique approach that makes us both a leader and innovator in university study abroad programs.

Study Abroad & Spanish Immersion Programs

Programs from Sol Education Abroad

Program Reviews

  • Jade
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Springfield, Missouri
    Missouri State University
    A Beautiful Journey
    08/25/2015

    Costa Rica is truly a magical place. From the cities, to the beaches, to the forests and rivers, there wasn't one part of this beautiful country that I didn't fall in love with. Yes, there's poverty and crime, but that's part of life. I never felt unsafe in Costa Rica with the guidance and support of the Sol directors. They exceeded my expectations in more ways than I could ever have imagined. They helped us to see beyond tourist attractions in order to fully experience the purest essence of Costa Rica. They encouraged us to interact with locals, try new foods, buy locally and ethically made products, and to be sensitive toward customs and traditions. They did a magnificent job of selecting roommates and host families. I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this amazing program and location. I met people and experienced things that I never would have if I hadn't embarked on this journey. I now feel that I know myself on a much deeper level through studying abroad. A million thank yous to Sol and Costa Rica for the experience of a lifetime!

    How could this program be improved?

    I honestly can't think of anything I would change.

    Photos:
    Heredia Centro
    Sunset over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Manuel Antonio
    Rio La Fortuna
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  • Mita
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    College Station, Texas
    Best decision EVER!!
    08/18/2015

    My last weekend in Costa Rica, I went to Montezuma. I woke up, terrified, to the sounds of a gang of howler monkeys, ate my last casado, climbed and scaled a waterfall, made friends with a giant, very pushy bird and three fellow travelers, learned how to surf, and got to see the most beautiful nature!

    How could this program be improved?

    Classes need to be mixed with locals!!!!

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  • Maddie
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Louisville KY
    Western Kentucky University
    Argentina: The trip you couldn't even imagine!
    08/07/2015

    key points

    The academics of this program were most definitely intensive, we covered more in a day than I would have in a month at school back home, the teachers were there to help, as long as you asked in spanish! :)
    My program leader had all of us program his number into our phones immediately when we arrived, and could be at any place at any time if a student needed help. If there was a smaller issue a quick text away was a quick and helpful answer.
    I LOVED! my homestay! I will admit at first I wanted my own place when I saw it was an option, I have everyone to thank for not letting me do that! My house mother was the nicest woman ive ever met and was there for me and my three roommates at any given time. Yes, that even means getting spoon fed chicken noodle soup on a sick day off school! The house was in a great location and incredibly comfortable. A home away from home.
    I am the pickiest eater of them all, so a 5 star sounds impossible but the food blew my tastebuds away! the home meals, the resturants/local food, and yes even the school food. I never once went a day not feeling completely stuffed.
    After living in any city for a month you start to feel integrated, I knew my way around subways and buses and the major neighborhoods of the city by the time I was done! No help necessary. The language barrier was the only reason I couldn't quite ever feel too welcomed. Besides that I now feel as I wouldnt mind living there as a local one day and I could talk about the culture for hours, as it is so different from my own.
    One day I felt very sick, feverish and just too weak to get to school. Without even having to notify my housemother who spoke no english, she realized I was not well and kept me in bed all day giving me proper medications after asking if I was allergic to anything. We made the good call to wait until the end of the day to head to the doctor and lucky for me whatever I was given helped enough and I was good to go by the next day with no doctor needed, and my program director and parents were already notified of my illness before I even got the chance to do it myself.
    I almost never felt unsafe. I had a safe wonderful trip but the only thing to watch out for was pickpocketers, a couple kids on the trip had items taken in common public places without noticing for a while.
    They more than prepared me, the only thing they did not do was tell me how to not be so excited! Not a bad thing at all :)

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  • Rachel
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    Bethesda, MD
    My Home In Atenas!
    07/02/2015

    My past three weeks in Costa Rica have been quite wonderful. Last year I had traveled to Spain (which just seems more exotic) but it was a little disapointing. The director was immature, my host mom was mean, and I spent way too much money at Zara. Atenas is beutiful, but very quant. After about a week I had checked out the majority of the city, and was a little bored. But as the excursions started and clases picked up, it was almost imposible to stay up past ten in the evenings, out of utter exhuastion. My host mom accepted me as one of the family. The house was warm (boiling) and cozy, it was a very comfortable envirioment. My host mom was a queen in the kitchen, and the pure time and effort she put into our meals was astounding, it did not seem like much of a chore for her. I loved my spanish clases, the profersors really knew how to teach, it was not just about writting essays and using the proper tenses, they really wanted us to be comfortable talking. It was also really cool to see such a creative approach to teaching, I wish clases were more like that in the U.S.

    How could this program be improved?

    It was pretty close to perfect, to be honest...

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  • Carly
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Libertyville, IL
    University of Kentucky
    Pura Vida is the best way to live!
    06/24/2015

    I gained so much knowledge about nature and culture and I love it. I believe that studying in Costa Rica will give me life long useful knowledge that can be applied to anything. I now follow the "Pura Vida" lifestyle and I have never been so free and relaxed! I loved my host family so much. My Mama Tica made the best meals and she really made me feel like her own daughter!

    How could this program be improved?

    My friend lived about 2 miles from campus so the walk to and from class every day was terrible for him. Please choose closer host families!

    Photos:
    Watching the sunset at Manuel Antonio Beach
    Rafting on the Rio Savegre
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