Sol Abroad High School Program in Costa Rica

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About

Come study abroad in the Happiest Country on the planet...¡Costa Rica! With the Sol Abroad program you will experience all the natural and cultural wonders of this unique Central American country. The program includes Spanish classes in the mornings, cultural and volunteer activities in the afternoons and incredible excursions all across the country on the weekends. For the Summer Programs, you will study at a language institute, located in the highlands of central Costa Rica. For the Gap Year programs, you will take classes at an accredited private university. Sol Abroad high school programs provide quality academic support and assistance throughout your experience.

Highlights
  • Highly rated homestays
  • Included excursions and cultural activities
  • High-level academic advising and assistance
  • Attentive and dedicated onsite directors
  • Very personable and inclusive program

Time to make summer plans!

Sol Abroad is accepting applications already for summer 2020. All new dates and prices have been published. Sign up today!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

93%
based on 55 reviews
  • Growth 8.5
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.1
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Sergio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sol Abroad, Atenas, Costa Rica -Pura Vida

Sol Abroad does an amazing job with the students they take on. I highly recommend that you open prospective students to this opportunity. Your sons and daughters will be in good hands. From daily class to day and weekend excursions, students are active and engaged. Their are always opportunities to use their Spanish daily. As for me the Póas Volcano had to be my favorite excursion. The weather is cool and the view of the crater is amazing. All the excursions we exceptional.

What would you improve about this program?
None
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Graham
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun people great location

I had a wonderful time and met many lifelong friends, and Costa Rica is so beautiful and was the perfect environment for it. The excursions were very fun, however the bus rides were terrible, but that's ok.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide a bus from the houses to downtown, it's a long walk or an expensive cab ride
Have more first aid at the beach and la Fortuna waterfall swimming
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Makayla
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Taking Advantage

I loved this program and the experience it provided me with. My host mother Leticia was a wonderful women who was nice, funny, and a good cook. I really wish I had had more conversations with her. The excursions and cultural activities really made my experience. Not only were they fun, but they helped bring the students together, especially during the long bus rides. The people I met really helped shape my experience. I liked everyone I met, though I admittedly got annoyed with some people at some times, but that´s to be expected. people in our group got very close. So close that some people are going to visit each other and stay at each other´s houses when they are in the same state. The teachers were great too. They really cared and tried to bend the curriculm to fit your needs, which teachers in America are mostly unable to do. I would highly recommend this program, and I am thinking about coming back another year.

Response from Sol Abroad

Great review! Thank you so much for the positive feedback and nice comments. I can tell you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you next year:) Vamos SOLmates!

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Eliana
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

amazing experience

The Sol Abroad Program was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I met new friends from both the US and from Costa Rica and became close with them in a matter of hours. This program does an amazing job of completely immersing you into the Costa Rican lifestyle by placing you in the household of a native family here. I enjoyed every minute I stayed here and I hope to return soon.

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Lauren
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer II

Before starting my trip with Sol Abroad I was afraid I would be homesick due to the fact that I would be in Costa Rica for three weeks. After staying in such a beautiful country, I honestly do not want to leave. I wish I would´ve chosen a longer program with Sol Abroad. I absolutely loved my experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the program should advise the students of more activities to do in town when there is freetime.
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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Atenas, Costa Rica

During my experience in Costa Rica, I learned to be independent while still counting on the support of other students my age. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life, and would like to have again.

What would you improve about this program?
Do more activities during our free time.
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Mike
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica

I think the best part of this trip was the excursions and if I had any advice to give as to how to make the program more fun it would be to have more excursions and pools days. If I had any suggestions on how to make the learining of spanish better I would leave more time for kids to speak spanish with their host families or people who speak no english whatsoever. The onñy difficulties I encountered is when our house lacked water or elictricity but other than that I there were no difficulties. I thought the cultural activities were very fun and we should have done more.

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Seth
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Rice, Beans, & Plantains

I had a lot of fun. The activities were well-organized, and the group was cool. My host family was actually wonderful, too. The only problem was I had few ideas on how to spend my free time. Still great.

What would you improve about this program?
More stuff to do in free time, or more activities.
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Daniel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica

The excursion to Costa Rica was a very eye-opening experiance that is a once and a life time opportunity. It humbles you because the things that you take for granted every day like hot showers are not available every time of the day. The trip changes your life and it opens your eyes to a new way of living and a new culture that teaches you life lessons and betterment of character.

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Talia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Sol Abroad Made Me Passionate

There is nothing to complain about when I think of my experience in Costa Rica during the Sol Abroad immersion program. Those three weeks helped me put what I had been learning in the classroom at school for three years into practice. It helped me realize how much I truly love speaking and learning Spanish as well as Latin American culture and traveling. The experience gave me new friends and a more intense passion for what I already love. If you are looking for an experience to help you mature, gain knowledge and friends, and overall just have a good time, Sol Abroad is the trip for you. I wish I could have stayed in Costa Rica forever!

What would you improve about this program?
I would maybe integrate more community service because even though we did paint an elementary school, it did not feel as meaningful as it could have been. I wish we could have done more.