How Much is a Study Abroad Semester in Costa Rica?

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Cost of studying abroad in Costa Rica

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:
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:

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.

Expense Estimated Cost
  • $7 - inexpensive meal
  • $38 - date at a mid-range restaurant
  • $30 - average weekly grocery bill
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
Personal expenses
  • Pair of jeans: $68 (pair of cheap jeans: $20)
  • 0.5L of domestic beer: $2
  • Cappuccino: $2
  • Movie ticket: $7
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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