Sol Education Abroad - Study Abroad in Costa Rica
98% Rating
(49 Reviews)

Sol Education Abroad - Study Abroad in Costa Rica

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!

Costa Rica
Program Type
Subject Areas
Hispanic Studies
Public Relations
Sustainable Development
Theater, Drama and Dance
Degree Level
High School Diploma
Academic Year
Host Family
Online Application
Official Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation
Starting Price
Price Details
The program cost includes tuition, housing (3 meals per day), weekend excursions (transportation, hotel, meals, entrance fees), weekday cultural activities, 24/7 director support, international medical insurance, laundry, and airport transfers. Scholarships are available on our website.
Other Locations
Heredia, Atenas

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

based on 49 reviews
  • Academics 8.2
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 8.9
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Parent's Perspective

As a parent, sending a child abroad (although they are college students, we still worry!) there tends to be some apprehension. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sol (director, Janiva was beyond excellent) for its' dedication to the program in Heredia, Costa Rica. Your attention to detail and organization did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Every email, message, conversation, etc. that I had with my daughter during her stay was filled with "wonderful," "awesome," "fantastic," etc. Putting together a group of college students from varied backgrounds, organizing excursions, providing assistance/guidance around the clock and working with Host families & students to help provide an environment conducive to learning not only a language, but a culture is no easy task. To do it at all is difficult----to do it ALL WELL and at the level of service provided is exceptional.

I have had the pleasure of speaking with my daughter's Host mother a few times. Elissa cannot say enough wonderful things about her 'tica mom' (& the entire family.) My daughter believes that she had the "best" Host family, and I do not doubt her. As far as her University classes--Professors have been fantastic, class sizes small but large enough for constructive interaction. Elissa feels that her command of speaking Spanish has vastly improved as has her writing skills. The volunteer project that she worked on was also very fulfilling and I know that she wished to do even more had time allowed.

There were some unforeseen bumps in the road, but the manner, in which these things were promptly handled by Sol, specifically the director and Host mother, was greatly appreciated by all.

It seems to be that the only thing lacking has been time (& money) to spend more time in Costa Rica.

I am looking forward to welcoming my daughter home and hear in greater detail about her time in Costa Rica! As my daughter now says---Pura Vida!

Sol Parent

How can this program be improved?

Prior to arrival: Provide detailed volunteer opportunities available and additional University classes to choose from.

Yes, I recommend
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Experience Pura Vida and so much more!

My experience with Sol Education Abroad in Heredia was overall a fantastic one. My day to day activities during the week were basically structured around the classes I took at the ULatina, which was a fifteen minute walk from the house I lived at. My host mother made me a delicious breakfast every day and sat with me to share every meal. My living accommodations were comfortable but not luxurious. I felt safe in Heredia and that my host family was trustworthy. Almost every weekend was filled with either a Sol excursion or a trip that I planned along with the other students in my group. We traveled to every corner of the country by bus (which is the least expensive and best way to get around Costa Rica), and had the time of our lives exploring and touring, meeting fantastic people and improving our Spanish language proficiency. Sol Education Abroad is a very affordable program that is well-organized and offers immediate and reliable support. I felt very comfortable with my arrangements the entire time and my program director was absolutely amazing. She was very knowledgable, professional, helpful and fun. The only issues I encountered during my study abroad in Heredia had to do with the quality of classes and overall attitude towards schooling in Costa Rica; my classes with locals were not challenging and I had a hard time becoming integrated with the other Costa Rican students. However, outside of the school environment, I found most all Costa Rican people to be friendly and open to foreigners. Sol Education Abroad in Heredia provided me with the support and context for an incredible, life-changing semester abroad!

How can this program be improved?

I would like to see more opportunities for activities on weekday evenings after class with the host families or in the community in Heredia.

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing experience with Sol!

I had such an amazing experience studying abroad in Costa Rica with Sol. I felt so supported by the staff both in the states and on site in Heredia. Maria- my program director- was so helpful and fun! It was the perfect balance of independence and support. La Universidad Latina is a beautiful campus I would sit under a tree and do my homework while drinking a frozen coffee or chat with friends in the soda. Heredia has a small town feel but is super close to San Jose. The bus system was pretty simple to navigate, making weekend excursions easy. My host family was great and my spanish improved so much during my time with Sol. One of the best parts was the bond with the other students in my programs (we call each other our "SOLmates" ;] ) we all got super close and still keep in touch.

Yes, I recommend
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Sol Education offers Spanish immersion and Credits worth programs in Heredia!

I wanted a program provider, then a program that will take me abroad to do some research on an international topic of my diploma memoir and I found it with Sol Education. Why? Because:
1-I will alaways be ready to take my Spanish class whose grade is transferable to my home university,
2-Because some universities take longer to submit students credits to be applied to their Transcript, studying abroad through Sol Education in winter make it easier for students to take advantage of the winter break, get overseas and take the class, do your research, then come back to finalize the research work back here and get graduated in a may!

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About Sol Education Abroad

Sol Education Abroad (SOL) 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...