With a reputation for safety and natural beauty, Costa Rica is a popular destination for study abroad. Its location in Central America also makes it a more affordable country to study in.
How much can you expect to spend in tuition for a semester in Costa Rica?
For tuition alone, a semester in Costa Rica will run about $6,500 - $18,270 per semester. Direct enrollment will shave off a lot of the costs.
Tuition for direct enrollment for a semester at:
- Valparaiso University: $15,585 (2016)
- Veritas Universidad: $6,000 (2016)
- Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología: $2,200 (2016)
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:
- ISA Study Abroad in San Jose: $10,250 (2016)
- USAC Heredia: $5,280 (2016)
- API San Jose (Quarter): $9,880 (2015)
- CisAbroad Costa Rica: $9,290-$10,890 (2016)
How much does it cost to live in Costa Rica for a semester?
The cost of living in San Jose can run around $4,000 per semester. Expect to pay more for most homestays.
|Monthly rent||$366 - 450 for a one-bedroom apartment|
|Utilities||About $72 per month|
|Cell phone||About $40 per month|
|Local transportation||Monthly pass: about $51|
|Total||Expect to spend about $2,600 - 3,000 for one semester in Costa Rica after airfare and program fees.|
What's the average price of a flight to Costa Rica?
The average price of flights to Costa Rica from the United States ranges from $500 - $800.
How much does it cost to study abroad for a semester in Costa Rica?
If your Spanish language skills are strong enough to direct enroll, studying abroad in Costa Rica for a semester could cost around $6,700. If you are going with one of the more costly program providers, a semester will more likely cost around $16,000.
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