Study Abroad in Monteverde


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Explore Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde plays host to Costa Rica’s treasured cloud forest, where a staggering number of species – including pumas, monkeys, quetzal, and the endangered three-wattled bellbird – are readily on display, proving the perfect location for studies in sustainability and conservation.

Study abroad zip lining in Monteverde
Study abroad jungle wide view in Monteverde
Study abroad students in the river Monteverde

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion.

In Monteverde, past study tours and excursions have included:

  • Exploring the lush rainforest of Corcovado National Park
  • Traveling to Santa Rosa National Park, famous for its rare seasonally-dry forest
  • Visiting Carara National Park, home of the country’s largest population of scarlet macaws
  • Taking guided tours of organic coffee and pineapple plantations
  • Visiting Bocas del Toro Islands of Panama
  • Traveling down the Rio San Juan De Nicaragua to the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve
  • Hiking near Rincón de la Vieja Volcano
Study abroad student learning in Monteverde


CIEE Monteverde
Fully equipped with classrooms, computers, and library facilities, as well as indoor and outdoor common areas, to accommodate experiential and traditional learning.

Study abroad students volunteer gardening in Monteverde


Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.

Study Abroad Programs in Monteverde

Pocket Guide to Monteverde

  • Currency
    Costa Rican Colón

    Spoken Languages

    Available Transportation
    Car, van

    Famous Local
    Jonathan Moya – footballer who plays as a forward for Liga Deportiva Alajuelense

  • Climate
    Warm year-round with temperatures between 63°F and 81°F

    Local Attraction
    The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve – nearly 9,000 acres of forest featuring hundreds of species of mammals, birds, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, insects, arachnids, and plants

    Did You Know?
    Costa Rica is home to more than 9,000 species of plants

  • Airport
    Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

    Social Norms
    Removing floral or fauna from beaches and tropical areas is both shunned upon and illegal

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, insect repellant, binoculars

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What People are Saying

  • "I love this program. We travelled a lot and got to see a huge portion of the Pacific coast. It was a really rigorous program that helped me get some courses done for my degree."

    Madeline B., SUNY at Fredonia
  • "It was an amazing experience that I don't think many people at my school know about. It was great for people interested in academics, adventure, community, and nature."

    Elizabeth H., Macalester College
  • "Great experiences for a low cost with wonderful professors."

    Elizabeth W., University of Virginia
  • "CIEE does a great job of the organization of the program activities, as well as the education itself was very good quality."

    Bryan M., Tarrant County College District
  • "It gives you a different perspective which is a critical experience for a human being."

    Eloisa Noreen J., Gustavus Adolphus College