Study Abroad in Costa Rica

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Explore Costa Rica and join in on rural site visits, Spanish classes, and a homestay.

When you study abroad in Costa Rica, you can explore the incredible nature and unparalleled biodiversity of this Central American country. A biologist’s paradise, Monteverde, Costa Rica is home to over 2,500 species of plants, 60 species of amphibians, 100 species of mammals, and 450 bird species. 

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

Whether you want to learn Spanish, go camping, hiking, snorkeling, or live in a homestay with a local family, study abroad in Costa Rica and experience something new every day. 

Study Abroad Programs in Costa Rica

Study Abroad in Costa Rica Reviews

  • "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

Frequently Asked Questions


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Bordered by the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is best known for its beaches, biodiversity, and spectacular national parks, making it one of the best study abroad destinations for adventurous, nature-oriented students. When you study abroad in Costa Rica, you’ll experience lush jungles, exciting outdoor activities, Spanish language, and so much more!


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One of the best places to study abroad in Costa Rica, Monteverde is a good place to study abroad for students interested in environmentalism and conservation. With one of the world’s most impressive coastlines, homestay and internship opportunities, and Spanish language immersion, Costa Rica is a good place to study abroad for students looking for adventure in Latin America


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With tropical, warm weather year-round, students studying abroad in Costa Rica should consider packing any of the following items: raincoat, sunglasses, casual clothing, comfortable shoes, flip flops, hiking boots, a reusable water bottle, hats, and swimwear. We encourage students to pack items that will make them most comfortable while studying abroad.

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