The largest country in Central America (but roughly the size of New York state), the country of Nicaragua is bound by both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It's many accessible coastlines are not the only things that draw students to study abroad in Nicaragua: beach AND mountain loving students alike will find recluse there. Brush up on your Spanish and learn more about the economic and political developments that are affecting Nicaragua today.

We hope you like corn, because a day doesn't go by in a Nicaraguan home without it! The Nicaragua people are a unique combination of Euro, African, and Carib influences, with most indigenous peoples living in the western side of the state. Be sure to check out Lake Nicaragua while you're there (the only place with freshwater sharks!). Study abroad in Nicaragua and find out what other splendor this country has to offer.

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Don't let your pocketbook do the talking - take advantage of the ample scholarship funds available for study abroad in Nicaragua!

Nicaragua has only one major city; outside of the capital, you'll be free to experience rural life, smaller cities, and of course - ample coastlines. Choose a study abroad location that best suits your academic and aesthetic interests.


As the largest city in Nicaragua, this city is home to 1.4 million habitats. With beautiful vistas of nearby volcanoes and the beautiful Managua, it is no wonder this city attracts many study abroad students each year. Despite its tumultuous past, this city is considered one of the safest in Central America, and is continually working towards a better future.

So you've made the decision to study abroad in Nicaragua? - Great! Now it's just a matter of figuring out exactly where you want to go, and who you want to go with! Check out our guide below to better understand all of your options for study abroad in Nicaragua.


With the national language being Spanish, your entire Nicaraguan experience will feel like a fantastic lingual adventure. Stepping outside of the traditional "classroom" to use your Spanish in every day life should be expected. Even though this is a great method for acquiring new language skills, actual Spanish classes and lessons will help you stay on track as a student. There are tons of options for Spanish schools in Nicaragua!

If you're advanced, choose a program with complete immersion opportunities and courses only taught in Spanish. If you're more of a beginner (or not so confident), choose a hybrid program, that offers language classes and other courses (taught in English!)


When you study abroad, you'll be given a few different options for housing. Some providers will allow students to stay in local international dormitories on college campuses, while others will provide private or shared apartments to students. Select a housing option that will make you the most comfortable during your experience.

On the flip side, if you think being "comfortable" while studying abroad defeats the purpose, then consider participating in a homestay. Homestays are great options for students who want to truly envelope the local way of living and make great connections with Nicaraguans. Though more challenging, these experiences often prove more beneficial in the long run.

Immersion & Cultural Activities

Wanting to see the Catedral de León or Convento y Museo San Francisco while in Nicaragua but don't know how? Fear not! Many program providers offer organized weekend trips and activities for their students. In this way, all you'll have to do is sit back and relax - no worrying about getting train tickets or making it to the museum on time.

Alternatively, if the challenges associated with sight-seeing and trip planning sounds like more fun, I would recommend considering a more independent program that gives you ample free time, away from group activities.

What to Pack

Choosing what you'll need for your trip might be difficult. Our guide on what to pack for study abroad in Central America will help you.

Contributed by Megan Lee

Study Abroad Programs in Nicaragua

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SIT Study Abroad
SIT Nicaragua & Cuba: Youth, Literacy & Media
Multiple Countries
9.67 •6 reviews

Explore Nicaragua a generation after the revolution and investigate...

Naropa University
LeapYear Latin America: Naropa University's Gap Year
Multiple Countries
10 •6 reviews

An extraordinary alternative year of college designed to assist you in...

Social Justice & Development Program: Costa Rica
Multiple Countries
9.2 •5 reviews

Costa Rica is perhaps best known for its ecological diversity and the...

Social Justice & Development Internship: Nicaragua
9.33 •3 reviews

Gain hands-on experience and knowledge; move beyond the theory into...

Global Nomadic
Renewable Energy & Sustainable Engineering Internships in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, has two beautiful...

Center for Ecological Living and Learning - CELL
CELL: Go Beyond Abroad in Central America
Multiple Countries

Are you interested in being the change you wish to see in the world...

Global Degree Academy
Global Degree Academy - Central and South America Study Tour
Multiple Countries

Global Degree Academy is a community of global citizens that value...

Global U
Global X Summer Study Abroad for Entrepreneurs and Creatives
Multiple Countries

God has called you to live a radical life. You're an innovator...

Tours & Trips in Nicaragua

Looking for something to do during your time in Nicaragua? Check out some of these tours and trips!
  • Outward Bound Costa Rica
    Custom Short Term Course in Costa Rica, Panama, or Nicaragua
    Multiple Countries
    9.67 •3 reviews

    We design custom courses for groups of 5 participants minimum. Groups...

  • Frontier
    Ethical Adventure Trail through Central America
    Multiple Countries
    4.5 •2 reviews

    Combine exciting adventure travel with a project placement and...

  • Quetzaltrekkers Leon
    Somoto Canyon Trek
    10 •1 review

    Jump, float, swim and rappel your way through the incredible Somoto...

  • Adventures Abroad Worldwide Travel
    16-Day Mayan Discoverer Tour
    Multiple Countries

    The country of Nicaragua derives its name from Nicaro, the name of the...

  • Intrepid Travel
    Guatemala & Beyond 9-Day Tour
    Multiple Countries

    Discover the best of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua...

  • Mudita Adventures
    Nicaragua - Volunteer & Adventure

    In Nicaragua Giveback GiveAway is collaborating with Puentes de...

  • WAVES International
    Surf & Volunteer in El Transito

    Experience surf travel done differently. Surf great waves while...

  • On the Go Tours
    Central America Tours
    Multiple Countries

    Our fully escorted tours to Central America take in the highlights of...

  • Vapues Nicaragua Tours
    Trip to Nicaragua Highlights

    The Nicaragua Highlights tour is a 10 day long fixed departure package...

What People Are Saying

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I very much enjoyed my time during ICADS this spring. I learned about the topics I had been wanting to, gaining a general understanding of the ecology, economy, history, culture, and politics of the...


I could not possibly express all that this organization is in a few words but I will do my best. For my Leap Year I did group travel to Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras for the first semester and for...

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