• Costa Rica
    • San José
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May 01, 2023
Sep 19, 2023
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About Program

On our Summer in Costa Rica programs, you’ll live in the vibrant capital of San José. Improve your Spanish, take fascinating courses in English, and explore the country’s incredible biodiversity. For students entering the health professions, study Spanish for Health Professionals to set you up for success. You’ll live with a local family to truly immerse yourself in Tico culture. When you aren’t hitting the books, you can dip a toe into the activities that make Costa Rica a top destination, like hiking volcanoes, zip-lining over the rainforest, and sipping delicious home-grown coffee. The Costa Rican saying “pura vida!” translates to “pure life,” which you’ll find is the way of life in this laid-back Central American country.

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Program Highlights

  • Multiple dates and program options to fit any schedule
  • Wide course selections, from art to business to tropical ecology
  • Optional excursions available throughout Costa Rica (additional fee may apply)
  • Cooking classes, dance classes, and sports events to help you bond with your classmates
  • Exceptional support both on- and off-campus

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Students studying in Costa Rica

Spanish for Health Professionals in Costa Rica is designed for students preparing to enter any healthcare field who would benefit from Spanish proficiency. This program offers a health course taught in English and a Spanish-language course focused on health-related vocabulary. You’ll be based in the vibrant capital of San José at Universidad Veritas. When you aren’t studying, you can explore nearby volcanoes, zip line over the rainforest, hit the beach, and sip some tasty coffee.

CIS Abroad Summer Study in Costa Rica

Choose from multiple sessions, or combine for the ultimate summer! You'll enjoy activities such as cooking classes, dance classes, and sports events to help you meet your local and international classmates. Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English, from business to tropical ecology to photography. Small, engaging Spanish classes for all language levels will help you make the most of your language studies!


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CISabroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships, grants, or discounts to study abroad. We're unapologetically committed to increasing access to international education for all students.

$250 - $500

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Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 6 reviews
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  • 4 rating 16.67%
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  • Academics 4.7
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.5
  • Safety 4.35
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Summer Abroad in Costa Rica: Best Trip Ever!

Studying abroad in Costa Rica with CIS was incredible. I had the most eye opening expereince and highly recommend this program. The on-site staff were extremely helpful and caring. My host family was welcoming and supportive. This made it easier to be away from home.Transportation was acessible and easy to use.The weekend excursions were amazing. I visitied beaches, waterfalls, and animal sanctuaries. On top of all that, the food was delicious. CIS did everything to ensure I had the best time. I am forever grateful for this trip.

  • Weekend excursions
  • Included homestay
  • Amazing on site staff
9 people found this review helpful.
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Pura Vida Living

Costa Rica was truly the experience of a lifetime for me. I made some of the most amazing friends and got to learn from such incredible professors at Veritas. As someone who is an environmental science major, this country spoke so near and dear to my heart as they are very environmentally oriented overall and really are striving to keep their forests thriving. I had the sweetest host mom, an absolutely amazing site director, great university staff and I made some of the greatest friends on my trip, not to mention the vast number of breathtaking places I got to visit during my summer in Costa Rica. I have such an appreciation for the spanish language, the Costa Rican culture and the world! Pura Vida!

What was your funniest moment?
On one of the weekend excursions I went on with my CIS group and a few other friends who joined us, we got to do karaoke on the bus for hours and we had so much fun and sang so many songs with all the gusto we had! It was hilarious to watch everyone put on a show while traveling!
66 people found this review helpful.
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Best Experience Ever!

CIS Abroad helped me in many ways in choosing the right program for me. The advisors and alumni network were great resources when picking a place to study. I lived with a host family which was an amazing way to learn and be a part of the culture, and it also helped me with my Spanish as well. Also, CIS Abroad is one of the most affordable programs to study abroad, and it includes more than most. Post-program, I now know a lot more about traveling safely and more about a latin culture.

What would you improve about this program?
Housing students with families who speak some or more English.
72 people found this review helpful.
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A spanish summer in the sun

I spent 5 weeks taking spanish for health professional courses in Costa Rica this past summer. While I loved that no spanish previously was needed to enroll it did make communication with my host family difficult (whom were amazing but didn’t speak English). The excursions on the weekends were breathtaking and I recommend going on as many as you can. I enjoyed the locations were more of local spots and not your typical tourist spots. Swimming with bioluminescent one night was something that I will remember forever. Overall my experience taught me more about both Spanish and myself than i expected, and I’m forever grateful for my time abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Due to difficulty communicating abroad I think a series of online spanish courses prior to departure would be extremely helpful
75 people found this review helpful.
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Intense Fun and Learning

I signed up for this study abroad program to fulfill my love of travel, learning and take relevant classes to my major (occupational therapy). As an avid traveler, I couldn't imagine my college experience without studying abroad, and I am glad I made the leap. CIS helped me work through all the paperwork that needed to be filled out and was quick to answer any questions I had prior to departure. During the program, there were constantly activities to do- at the school, with CIS or just in San Jose. Although there was homework, we still had time to explore our home away from home and get to know the area. The classes were interesting and relevant to my major- all of the classes were primarily with other American students but we were from all over the UA and studying with different programs at the same university. This allowed us to make friends with other students who weren't studying with CISabroad as well. Living in a host home was the most beneficial way to immerse ourselves in learning Spanish. My host mom didn't speak any English so whenever we were at home, we had conversations with her in Spanish. She was patient with us as we were learning and helped correct our grammar which improved my confidence in speaking Spanish. Overall, the experience was phenomenal and I am so glad I chose this program to fulfill my dream of studying abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
Have more options of in-country travel (hotels we stayed at, ways to travel on our own, etc). Some of the excursions we took left us less-than-satisfied with the hotel experience and the bus schedule was daunting to figure out so we never took the buses.
69 people found this review helpful.
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San Jose 6 weeks

I attended Veritas Universidad which is a small college in san jose. It was a cute school with fantastic teachers -seriously, they were all beyond fantastic, friendly and welcoming. My host stay was more difficult getting adjusted since my host mom knew no English and had a very thick accent that made communicating in Spanish difficult as well. Every place we visited, Manuel Antonio, Puerto Viejo, ECT, was absolutely stunning and beautiful. They were also easily and cheap to travel to on your own! Our program coordinator, Jess, was really helpful and always available if you needed her. She even went out of her way to drive me to the health clinic late at night after a cat bite my hand. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking into going to central or south america.

74 people found this review helpful.

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