Sol Education Abroad - Study Abroad in Costa Rica

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Study with Sol Education Abroad in Costa Rica! Practice your Spanish skills while exploring the culture and people of Heredia and Atenas. This tropical Central American destination has so much to see with it's beautiful beaches, landscapes and wildlife. Spend time in the water, snorkeling and scuba diving, to see all of the colorful marine life.

Sol Education Abroad offers multiple excursions, including a trip to the crater's edge of an active volcano as well as hiking and zip lining over the cloud forest of Monteverde. Don't waste any more time- Check out the Sol Education Abroad website right now!

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based on 52 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.6
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 8.9
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Mimi
10/10

Time of my life

Every morning I wake up and have breakfast at 7. It is usually fresh fruit, some type of pancake or empanada, and hot chocolate. Then I walk 10 minutes to class, and on the way I am joined by many of my SOLmates. Most of our program lives in the same neighborhood. We have Spanish class from 8 to 11, and are separated by level. I can honestly say I enjoy these classes. After class we go home for lunch at about noon. My afternoon activities vary by day. They include: zumba, volunteering with kindergarteners at a nearby school, conversation club with locals, and volunteering at a nursing home, and hip hop class. On Tuesdays I have theater class with locals. We get to choose a class with locals to take and they really help us improve our Spanish. On Wednesdays Sol provides us with cultural activities. They have included: a rescue ranch, cooking class, traditional dance class, coffee tour, and more. Dinner is at 6. My host mom is an excellent chef. I have tried so many new foods and loved them! I am always excited for mealtimes. We have many weekend excursions with SOL that are included. On our free weekends, we like to plan our own excursions. With SOL, we have been to Punta Mona (a beautiful sustainable living farm on the beach), La Fortuna (waterfall, hot springs, volcano, zipline), and soon we are going to Nicaragua. For excursions that we planned ourselves, we went to Manuel Antonio, Barva volcano, and a small group even climbed Chirripo. When we stay in Heredia for the weekend, we go out dancing, have relaxing nights in, or spend the day in Heredia Centro or San Jose. One of my favorite parts of this program is that our directors encourage us to speak Spanish. There is a lot of time that we can easily speak English- weekends, between classes, etc- but Janiva and Jessenia urge us to keep speaking Spanish. It has definitely gotten easier with time. I love the homestay because we get to feel like part of the family while we're here. The meals are incredible and I love having conversations with my host mom. She helps with grammar and words that I don't know. It is a warm and homey environment that I will miss tremendously when I leave. Studying abroad is the second best decision I've ever made. Choosing SOL is the first.

How can this program be improved?
I suppose that it would have more excursions, even though we have a lot. I would love to be able to go to both neighboring countries, but I know that is a big expense in time and money.
Yes, I recommend
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Janet
10/10

BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!!!

Coming to CR with Sol has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. They care so much about our well being, health, and are always helping us to do our best. Between the cultural activities we have every week, conversation club, and excursions, they are showing us everything Costa Rica has to offer and more. I've already learned so much, and I can't wait to continue on with this once in a life time experience, that I have SOL to thank for!!!

How can this program be improved?
Make the classes more structured.
Yes, I recommend
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Ruth
10/10

That time I fell in love...

I didn't fall in love with a boy or a girl. I fell in love with Costa Rica, and it was all thanks to Sol. When I landed in Costa Rica, I was beyond nervous, but the moment I met Janiva, my program director, and the other students, and when I stepped outside and was greeted by tico taxis and sunshine, I knew I my life was about to change. And it did.

The host family that Sol matched me with was amazing. My tica mom cooked the best meals, always chatted with me when I was home, and treated me as her own daughter. My host siblings were so much fun and often invited me to do things with them and their friends, or brought me to try new restaurants or see different areas of Heredia. More than two years later, we still keep in touch and visiting them is always a highlight of my trip when I go back.

I learned a lot from my spanish classes and electives at the Universidad Latina. I met local students from our exchanges with English classes, and my professors were incredibly friendly and understanding. In addition to classes, Sol took us on cultural excursions where we learned how to cook tica food, danced salsa with locals, saw different parts of the country, and met all sorts of interesting people.

The very best part of my experience with Sol (besides walking away with an incredibly improved sense of the Spanish language and the Costa Rican way of life) was the relationships that I built. I fell in love with Costa Rica, but that never would have happened if I hadn't been surrounded by such wonderful people. From the people running the program, to the professors, to the other students, and the host families... everyone was so supportive and loving. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

How can this program be improved?
I think my spanish could have become even stronger if speaking English had been more strictly prohibited. Also, they could have provided a bigger variety of volunteer opportunities. Almost all of our volunteer projects involved working with children, which I loved, but I would have liked to have a little more variety.
Yes, I recommend
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Meghan
10/10

INCREÍBLE

Mi tiempo aquí en Costa Rica con Sol ha estado muchísimo divertido. He aprendido tanto sobre la cultura y la lengua. No podría pedir por más. Las excursiones son preciosas y cuando no hay algo planeado, Sol recomienda algunas cosas para hacer o lugares para visitar. Estudiando español aquí con Sol es una de las mejores decisiones de mi vida.

How can this program be improved?
Verdaderamente, no sé lo que cambiaría. Tal vez más oportunidades de voluntariados diferentes.
Yes, I recommend
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Morgan
10/10

I LOVE IT!!

Sol Education Abroad is a wonderful company! I really enjoyed my directions in Costa rica. They were very knowledgeable about the area and what types of things there were to do. They were also very helpful with any questions I had.

Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries ever! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves nature and relaxing.

I learned a lot in my course. My grammar improved, and I learn a lot about the culture. My professors were really interesting, and they enjoy was they do.

We had tons of opportunities to interact with the locals. W played soccer with ticos, and we played games with kids. We danced with some senior citizens, and I helped plant a fruit tree on campus.

My most memorable experience was finally seeing a sea turtle. My friends and I planned a trip to the northern part of Limon (the Caribbean side of Costa Rica). During July, the turtles nest on the beaches. I never knew how big sea turtles were, but now I have had the ability to meet one up close and personal. It was a ton of fun!

Sol is perfect for anyone who is looking to explore a Spanish-speaking country as well as make new friends along the way. I highly recommend it!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I had taken courses with native Spanish speakers. I love my American friends, but I wanted more time immersed in Spanish. When we hung out, we spoke in English. That was really my only issue, but you will find this problem in almost any study abroad program during the summer. However, when I expressed my concerns to my director, she helped me to find ways to continue practicing my Spanish like volunteering.
Yes, I recommend
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Kiah
10/10

Everything I expected and much more!

SOL was the most life-changing six weeks of my life! It has helped me love spanish so much more. It is the best study abroad program I could find and it has proven to be true! I wouldn't have wanted to spend my summer doing anything other than studying in Heredia, Costa Rica with SOL!

Yes, I recommend
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Cassi
10/10

Stay as long as you possibly can!

Future students need to know that you get more benefits from the program with the longer that you stay! You'll miss your family and friends a lot, but the experience here is so worth it. The people you meet and the places you see are incomparable to anything in the US. It really has been a life-altering experience for me, and I would stay a whole year if my major allowed me to!

Yes, I recommend
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Katie
10/10

What an Amazing Experience

"DO IT! It has been one of the best times of my life. I have learned so much Spanish and loved every second I've spent here in Costa Rica. I am very sad to leave on Saturday. I will definitely return to Costa Rica to live at some point in my life, and it's all thanks to SOL!"

How can this program be improved?
I did not have internet in the home that I was in, but most other students did. I think this helped and hindered my learning throughout the trip. By not having internet, I connected more closely with my host family in the short 3 weeks that I was there than most people. Any downtime I had at the house was spent with my host family rather than talking to my friends and family back home through facebook or watching Netflix, like several of my other friends did. However, any homework I had to do had to be done at the school, which meant I had to spend more time there than those who had internet at their houses.
Yes, I recommend
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Elsey
10/10

Awesome Program, Awesome People

This really was one the best decisions I have made. My Spanish improved greatly as I was immediately immersed into the culture and its people, in and out of the classroom. Every staff person, at all sites, are very helpful and eager to contribute to make your experience wonderful. You receive a great education, that tends to your level and interests, while you are also shown the best of what the country and its people have to offer. Not to mention the lifelong friendships made with those I still visit in the States and abroad, and even returned to Costa Rica to work and live after graduation.

How can this program be improved?
Stay as long as you can. Pack appropriate clothes.
Yes, I recommend
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Tanman
10/10

Pura Vida

During all 4 weeks I was in Costa Rica, I did not have one day where I didn't want to be there. I loved every second of every minute I was there and I couldn't have been placed in a better host family. I had no problems getting around the city, the excursions on the weekends were full of excitement, and the staff/professors treat everyone like family.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing, I would make the program abroad longer!
Yes, I recommend
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TVG0820
9/10

Fantastic Experience in Costa Rica!

Even in three weeks I felt my host family turned into my family. I have loved talking and getting to know them. You will learn more outside of the classroom than you ever expected. You are being immersed in a totally different culture than in the United States and it is so much fun to learn about and experience. Costa Rica is a great country with great people and this program gives you the opportunity to explore the country, the culture, and the language. I highly recommend this program because it combines academics both in and out of the classroom.

Yes, I recommend
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Anthony
10/10

An experience I continue to unpack

I stayed six weeks abroad in Costa Rica with Sol and wow it's just so hard to break it all down in a short amount of space. I loved every part of it. The classes were intense but ended at noon, allowing us the whole day to explore the country. Costa Rica is the place to study Spanish. The people are people of service always willing to help a foreigner because they want to leave you with a good impression and come back. The nature and the excursions are like no other. The variety of micro-ecosytems is quite impressive and the beaches, rain forests, and other sights are beautiful. The staff is great too. They were quick to know our names and we were so close. By the end Jessenia, Janiva, and Rodrigo became friends I wish to see again soon.(this seperates SOL from bigger providers). My favorite aspect was my host-family. Every day is an adventure. My mama tica's meals were to die for and my tico dad was an amazing talker that ran every morning with me. My tico brother would stayed up with me and bring me with his friends to his soccer games and my tica sister would show me around the city with her friends. My spanish would not have improved the way it did here if I did not go. You have to be immersed to learn the fulness of the language and this is the program that does so.

How can this program be improved?
I would like to not have class on fridays and have more longer classes during the week so we could have longer weekends to see the whole country.
Yes, I recommend
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Jessie
10/10

The adventure of a lifetime

I have grown so much here and have fallen in love with the nature
and culture! Really try to experience a "pura vida" attitude and be
open to everything and everyone because you don't know what you'll
get out of it. It's the experience of a life time. The directors are
so fun and helpful! Every day was enjoyable. Though this will be an experience out of your comfort zone, I always felt comfortable
because of the people. I have grown so much and genuinely loved
everything I have done here. The culture, the people, the nature,
everything is so beautiful and through Sol I was able to experience
it all!

How can this program be improved?
I would have them help a little more with transportation and suggest more fun things to experience during our free time
Yes, I recommend
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Heidicw
10/10

Best choice I could have made

Going to Costa Rica with Sol was one of the best academic choices I have made in college. The regional directors made the application process very simple and straightforward. The price is great compared to other programs I researched, especially for all of the amazing excursions that are included. The information I was given before I left made the trip a lot less stressful because I had been told exactly what to expect. It was my first time to fly alone, and I had no problems at all.
From the time I reached the airport in San Jose, I felt that the local staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. I never had to worry about anything because I knew they had everything taken care of.
Each morning (M-F) you go to class for 3 hours with a 15 minute break in the middle. Most afternoons for the first 3 weeks you have a cultural activity of some kind (cooking class, dance class, museum trip, city tours, etc.) On the first 3 weekends you go on an excursion with your directors that is included in the cost.
The best part of the trip was living with a host family. It is hands down the best way to practice your Spanish while learning about the culture. I learned a lot from my host mom and her grandson during the time i spent with them. You will make a lot of great friends from around the US while you are there, but you will also gain a second family if you make it a priority to form a relationship with your hosts.

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
9/10

This summer changed my life

Leaving the US for the first time was hard, but I am one for adventure so I was up for it. I never imagined my six weeks in Costa Rica would have influenced my life as much as it has. Within a six week time frame, I fell in love with the people, culture and food in Costa Rica. The adventures and memories never stopped and were always new on a daily basis. During the weekends, I went zip-lining, white water rafting, snorkeling, bungee-jumping, hiking along volcanoes and much much more. I lived with strangers that have become my second family. I had classes with fellow Americans who became my support group. I lived Pura Vida for six weeks. This trip was possibly the best decision I have ever made in my life. My life has changed in the sense that I now have a huge desire to travel more and see more of the world. I strongly recommend studying abroad to everyone, and a great and affordable way to do so is with Sol Education Abroad.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, I know that it is very cliche for a review to say, "nothing is wrong; everything is perfect". But in the reality of my trip, it is hard to think of something that went wrong that could have been controlled. The only thing I would honestly change about the program is to change the packing list. I would include more shorts, bug spray and umbrellas.
Yes, I recommend

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