• Costa Rica
    • San José
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Subject Areas
Art History Arts Business Communications Cultural Studies Ecology Economics Environmental Studies Film Health Sciences History Humanities International Business International Relations Latin American Studies Linguistics Marketing Music Philosophy Photography Political Science Psychology Service Learning Sociology Sustainable Development Theology Wildlife Sciences +17

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors
Apartment Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes
Feb 15, 2022
Oct 17, 2022
60 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

San José, the capital of Costa Rica, blends urban life and natural beauty with more than 800+ miles of coastline and acres of lush rainforests lying just a short drive from this diverse metropolitan center.

Study a wide range of subjects with CEA’s partner university Veritas University. It boasts a large international student body with a focus on international business, intensive and medical Spanish language, and health sciences. Courses are available in both Spanish and English.

In addition to study abroad opportunities, the CEA™ Internships Abroad program provides hands-on, pre-professional experiences that will let you to dive into a career field, develop the skills you need, and help you rise above the competition when applying for your dream job.

Interested? Click the “Visit Site” button now to see what’s possible!

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Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions


CEA Scholarships

CEA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence. That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

$400 - $3,000

Program Reviews

4.94 Rating
based on 17 reviews
  • 5 rating 94.12%
  • 4 rating 5.88%
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  • Academics 4.3
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.55
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Review of Costa Rica Study Abroad

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Parri! Thanks for recommending this program. We're so glad you got to experience Costa Rica with CEA!

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Costa Rica 2022

My experience in Costa Rica was amazing! I had a wonderful time being immersed in the culture and traditions of Costa Rican life. I enjoyed the amount of freedom I was given, as well as the number of things there to explore. The CEA program in particular did a wonderful job of creating effective and efficient communication if I was unclear or had any issues during my stay. I felt safe and comfortable as a black female traveling abroad and was given tips and tricks on how to navigate the city. I would definitely go back!

  • Financial cost for activities, food, and adventures was relatively low in relation to the United States.
  • Housing was with a group of similar students so there was no isolation
  • Costa Rica is extremely safe and there are precautions taken by CEA to protect you while there.
  • Within Costa Rican culture, there is a fascination with black women and our features, physic and overall person.
  • Some United States norms are deemed inappropriate in Costa Rica and vice versa
  • Overall Culture Shock
5 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Xi! We're so glad to hear you had an amazing time in Costa Rica! Safety is always #1, so we're grateful you felt comfortable with communication and travels. Best of luck to you moving forward.

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Amazing country and people

My experience and time in Costa Rica was unmatched and I met the most amazing people along the way. I cannot stress enough on how helpful the CEA team was when I first arrived. I was nervous to arrive in a foreign country by myself but the second I got there CEA was incredibly helpful and there for me when I needed anything. I stayed with an amazing host family in central San Jose and met a bunch of locals along the way as well. Overall I felt really immersed with the country and all it had to offer.

  • Easy to travel throughout country
  • Good for solo travelers
  • Beautiful
  • Not the safest city for women
  • Traffic
9 people found this review helpful.
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CEA San José - the ultimate abroad experience

I loved Costa Rica, and I know going with CEA was the right choice. I had a ton of support from the on-site staff, and I knew I could count on them. I took two months of advanced intensive Spanish and I spoke fluently by the end. I made amazing friends and I love my host family. Part of my heart with always be in Costa Rica.

1. Pay for a checked bag to bring sunscreen/shampoo/conditioner - imported stuff like that is expensive in Costa Rica.
2. Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself speaking Spanish. The only way to learn is to try!
3. Visit Puerto Viejo, but stay in Punta Uva or Manzanilla, which are nicer beaches right next door. Puerto Viejo has good night life.
4. You'll probably end up eating some ants at some point. That's not a tip. I'm just letting you know.

41 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

What insightful and honest tips, Demitra! Thanks so much for sharing and Pura Vida.

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Best Experience in My Life!!!

My semester abroad in Costa Rica was absolutely amazing! Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful and the weather is so nice. I learned so much about the culture and met so many amazing people. I definitely recommend Costa Rica to anyone who loves hiking, outdoor activities, and rice and beans. I went Bungee Jumping and I recommend it when you are abroad. Some locations that I recommend in Costa Rica include: Tamarindo, Puerto Viejo, Pacuare River, Monteverde, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio.

37 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

It sounds like you were able to live the Pura Vida, Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing insights and providing a photo to give the experience color. All the best!

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Studying Abroad with CEA

I have nothing but great things to say about CEA! I have been studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica for the past three months. The staff at the CEA office are so helpful and really want all of the students to have the best experience possible. Each month we have a cultural immersion activity with allows the students to connect with their host country. I feel so lucky to have been apart of this study abroad organization and am so grateful for all they have done for me!

What would you improve about this program?
The program could be improved if the housing was a little closer to the study abroad office!
38 people found this review helpful.
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CEA San Jose

I loved my experience with this program. One of the classes I took (Revolution, Religion, and Spirituality in Latin America at Veritas Universidad) changed my life in so many ways. My Tropical Marine Biology class was like nothing else I could have taken in the states; we actually went out and did field work in the ocean a couple of times.
Living in the homestay was also amazing. It helped further my cultural understanding and my language skills, and my mamatica was so helpful when I got sick.
The country is also so beautiful, and there's something for everybody. From beaches to mountains, volcanos to waterfalls, there's no shortage of adventure in Costa Rica.

35 people found this review helpful.
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Best 4 Months of my Life!!!

I jumped into my study abroad program having done little to no research about most things, so I was nervous of course. I was wondering what I had gotten myself into, but it turns out I found that I had gotten myself into the best opportunity and time of my life. I honestly would not change one thing from my experience! Going through CEA was the best decision I could have made, and Costa Rica is now forever a second home to me! I had a wonderful host mom, roommate, and I got to meet amazing people and create friendships that will definitely last a lifetime. All in all, I think that this is the perfect study abroad experience.

40 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

I believe CEA only works with college students, but some Rotary chapters help high school students study abroad. Good luck!