Study Abroad in Costa Rica

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Come explore an incredible natural setting, home to unparalleled biodiversity. A biologist’s paradise, Monteverde, Costa Rica is home to over 2,500 species of plants, over 60 species of amphibians, 100 species of mammals, and over 450 bird species. It is also free of biting insects and green all year-round.

Living in a biological station surrounded by the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, explore Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems through extensive travel and field study. Gain hands-on experience through an independent research project and participate in two long field trips, including a visit to Panama to observe marine diversity in the coral reefs off the Bocas del Toro Islands.

Whether you’re camping, hiking, snorkeling, or exploring rural Costa Rica during a one-month homestay with a local family, study abroad in Costa Rica and no two days are the same.

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What People are Saying

  • "Great experience; Trips were extremely fun and informative; Staff was really nice and helpful; Also, Costa Rica is a beautiful country with great people."

    Fayoni O., George Washington University
  • "I felt CIEE did a very good job responding well to pandemic restrictions and safety, while still maintaining many parts of the normal study abroad experience. I also appreciate the fact that they employ all or mostly academics, program coordinators, and staff from the country of study."

    Sylvie M., Indiana University-Bloomington
  • "I've studied abroad many times and the support and personal care CIEE has provided me ranks it as my best experience abroad."

    Emily F., Western Kentucky University
  • "The process of applying to arriving on campus was simple. CIEE provided aid through the entire process, making the transition more enjoyable!"

    Caela F., Ursinus College