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Monteverde, Costa Rica

Open Campus Block

Study Program Multi-Location Offering Part-Time Internship

Study here for a full term, or visit up to 2 additional locations within the same term. Use our program builder tool to discover your options!

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6 weeks

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12 weeks

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18 weeks

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6 weeks

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12 weeks

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18 weeks

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6 weeks

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12 weeks

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6 weeks

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38 weeks

Credit

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Overview

Monteverde in Costa Rica has been at the forefront of field study in environmental protection since the 1960s when it began attracting scientists to marvel at its biodiversity. As a result, Monteverde is the ideal place to study and explore ways to protect its future, live more sustainably, and educate others to do the same. You can participate in this program for one block – or up to three blocks – of your study abroad adventure through CIEE’s Open Campus Block program. At CIEE Monteverde, you will learn from instructors in courses across various subject areas, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), Spanish, and more.

BUILD YOUR STUDY ABROAD ADVENTURE 

Designed for students who require a flexible study abroad experience, CIEE's Open Campus Block program was thoughtfully structured to be completely customizable. Select one, two, or three six-week blocks per term at any CIEE Open Campus Block location.  

 

Latin American Student Ambassador Scholarships   

Apply to become one of 100 student to receive a fully-funded CIEE Study Abroad program in Latin America for fall '25 or spring '26!

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Unique Experiences

SEE CLOSE UP

how alternative energy makes Costa Rica largely independent of fossil fuels

LIVE IN A RURAL MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY

surrounded by a tropical cloud forest and friendly Costa Ricans

EXPLORE BEYOND MONTEVERDE

when you visit Costa Rica’s mangroves, lowland rainforest, dry forest, and other fascinating natural habitats.

1948

THE HISTORIC MOMENT WHEN COSTA RICA ABOLISHED ITS ARMY AND BECAME KNOWN AS THE “SWITZERLAND OF CENTRAL AMERICA

98%

LITERACY FOR COSTA RICA IS HIGHEST IN LATIN AMERICA

2050

THE YEAR COSTA RICA ASPIRES TO REACH CARBON NEUTRALITY

Experience
  • monteverde wildlife excursion jungle
  • students jump wind turbines monteverde

The Destination

Located in the northwestern region of Costa Rica, Monteverde lies along the continental divide at the crest of the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain chain, which is blanketed by a cool, wet cloud forest extending down into the Atlantic lowlands. The cloud forest provides a striking contrast to the deciduous forest on the Pacific side. 

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve was founded in 1972 to protect the entire ridge above Monteverde and down into the Peñas Blancas Valley. As a result of its unique history and geography, Monteverde is a stunning home to exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife and sustainability projects including agriculture, energy production, water conservation, forest management, and biodiversity conservation.

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Monteverde.

The Culture

san gerado station monteverde costa rica student group

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Natural destinations, such as national parks or reserves to experience Costa Rica’s biodiversity and natural beauty. 
  • Rise with the sun for birding tours or farm chores and experience biodiversity after the sun goes down with a guided hike in the forest.   
  • Indoor and outdoor areas with access to forest trails and gardens for recreation, self-exploration and co-curricular activities. 
  • Optional weekend at a homestay where students can live with a local family in Monteverde and immerse themselves in the Costa Rican culture. 
student in forest observing wildlife

PROJECTS

Students interested in one of the following Academic Projects must submit additional materials as part of their course selection:  

  • Internships. Build new skills and intercultural competencies through an internship and become an active member of the Monteverde professional environment.  
  • Research. Put your skills to work on an independent research project from observation to presentation of your findings.    
  • Service-Learning. Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need. 

Program Blogs

From CIEE

EAT, DRINK, EXPLORE: MONTEVERDE

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

EAT There is absolutely no way to avoid eating casado in Costa Rica. This traditional comida tipica (typical dish) is on every restaurant and home cook's menu because it features... keep reading

From CIEE

BLOCK to BLOCK: Monteverde to the Yucatán

By Latin America Unplugged at CIEE

It takes just one day to get from the lush premontane landscape of Monteverde to the balmy Yucatán Peninsula. But you’ll need a full block – at least – to... keep reading

From CIEE

CIEE Launches First-Ever Carbon-Neutral Study Abroad Program

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

Students concerned about the impact of study abroad on their carbon footprint can breathe a big sigh of carbon dioxide. CIEE’s new Global Institute in Monteverde plans to become carbon... keep reading

What People are Saying

  • "This was the best 4 months of my life. I really loved all of the different experiences I was able to have during my time here. The six week blocks were both beneficial and difficult at times. It's a short amount of time to fit a lot into, but I thought program activities were very beneficial."

    Emma B., Eckerd College

  • "CIEE facilitated a great semester abroad that allowed me to explore different parts of the world while taking classes that expanded my knowledge of topics I'm passionate about"

    Travis C., Colorado State University

  • "It is a great experience to travel the world and meet life long friends. You really get to experience the world while learning in an new environment."

    Brittany M., University of North Georgia

  • "It a great program that allows you to experience and learn a different culture while getting a education."

    Victoria D., University of Illinois at Chicago

Housing
Academics

Academics

Since 1989, CIEE Monteverde has been shaping the way field science, conservation, and sustainability is taught. Working closely with the local community, we maintain strong partnerships with Costa Rica’s biologists, conservationists, farmers, educators, engineers, and local families. In turn, students gain deep insight into the drivers and stakeholders of this sustainable and engaged community and their commitment to biodiversity protection.  

The Monteverde Open Campus Block Program offers courses in biology, environmental science, environmental studies, environmental engineering, sustainable agriculture, international business, and environmental education, in English. Spanish language classes are also offered. There are no required courses and no prerequisites to participate, although upper-level courses will require previous coursework in related topics. Students enroll in one, two, or three six-week blocks, taking two courses during each block. This program gives students the flexibility to stay in Monteverde the entire time or spend other blocks at our Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Santiago-CL, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Yucatan. Students can choose from a variety of disciplines within seven different tracks: Art and Architecture; Business; Communications, Journalism, and New Media; Global and Community Health; International Relations and Political Science; Language, Literature, and Culture; or STEM and Society. 

Students have access to a range of complementary co-curricular, personal, and professional development activities. Throughout the program, students will explore connections between culture, conservation, and a more sustainable future. The goals of the curriculum are to promote cultural self-awareness, scientific and cultural literacy, and the ability to bridge cultural gaps. Through interactive activities and exercises, students are encouraged to consider issues of culture, identity, values, beliefs, and assumptions. Ultimately, students develop discipline-specific competencies so they can effectively incorporate new experiences into their general understanding of the natural environment, as well as local human culture.

GPA

2.5
 

Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

  • Students are required to enroll in two courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one course. 
  • Students studying for three blocks who enroll in at least one lab course will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.

Program Credit

  • One block: 6-7 U.S semester/9-10.5quarter credits 
  • Two blocks: 12-14 U.S. semester/18-21 quarter credits 
  • Three blocks: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 

  • Language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours 
  • Lab courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours 
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 internship placement hours 
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 100-120 research hours 
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours, 90 service hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Each six-week course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture, norms, and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Lab courses have additional contact hours for laboratory-based learning. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation, active learning, and continuous assessment. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of the city when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends between blocks.

Class Format

Students take classes with other CIEE students only. Classes are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday with weekend work and excursions. Regular class attendance and participation is expected and required. Students play an active role in their own education. Group projects and interaction with fellow students and professors is expected. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas. Some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location.

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded   based on classroom participation, attendance, projects, and written and oral reports. Final grade will be composed of exams, papers, homework assignments, projects, attendance, and a final exam.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Course Notes

  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations. 
  • Use the Course Comparison Tools to compare classes offered across all Open Campus Block programs for each block: 
  • Students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range. 
  • Many CIEE courses are available in multiple CIEE locations. To help ensure you are able to enroll in the courses you need, some courses may be facilitated as a Hybrid course by an instructor from a location that is separate from your own. In a Hybrid course, you will learn either face-to-face or online, depending on your location. However, regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location. Hybrid courses can be identified in the course list as those whose course codes end in “CIEE” – open the syllabus to see the instruction location, if known. 

Hybrid Courses

Students studying for three blocks who wish to complete a lab course will be required to opt out of one course to remain within the program credit range.  

Most courses are taught face-to-face and offered only for students at one location. CIEE offers some courses in a hybrid format, available to multiple program locations to increase course choices. A hybrid class is taught synchronously in a classroom in one location, and students in the program at other CIEE locations join live online. Hybrid courses can be identified in the course list as those whose course codes end in “CIEE”, and the title will include the location of instruction. Regardless of your location, you will apply what you learn from the instructor and course materials in your location. Co-curricular activities are tailored to each student’s location to promote local, experiential and intercultural learning for all. 

Academic Projects

  • Academic Projects will be offered onsite (either in-person or remotely) or remotely at another Open Campus location, dependent on availability and in compliance with local health and safety regulations. 
  • Academic Project placement will be designed based on the student’s project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements in location or within the Open Campus Block network either in-person or remotely. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project will receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience.  
  • Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.   

Language Classes

  • During course selection, students interested in a non-introductory Spanish language course will be instructed to take an online Spanish language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Enrollment will be finalized on site and is based on assessment outcomes. 
  • Students may add the non-credit “Survival Spanish” course to their course load during the on-site orientation. 

Fall Block I 2024

Business Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

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Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Fall Block II 2024

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Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

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Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

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Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Fall Block III 2024

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Language
Semester Credit

Business Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

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Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Spring Block I 2025

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

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Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Spring Block II 2025

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Semester Credit

Business Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Communications, Journalism, and New Media Track

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Language
Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

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Language
Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Semester Credit

Spring Block III 2025

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Semester Credit

Business Track

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Semester Credit

Language, Literature, and Culture Track

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Semester Credit

STEM and Society Track

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Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

In blocks I and II, courses and formal activities end on the last Thursday of the block, and in block III, on the last Friday. Students are free to use the time between blocks as they choose, either remaining in their location or using the time for their own travel pursuits. Students changing locations must check into their new Open Campus Network center by the first Monday of the block for local orientation, with classes starting on the first Wednesday of each block. In all cases, students are provided with continuous accommodation, and should speak with CIEE staff for more details.
 

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Fall Block I 2024 6 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $5,450
Program Fall Blocks I, II 2024 12 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $10,900
Program Fall Blocks I, II, III 2024 18 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $16,350
Program Fall Block II 2024 6 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $5,450
Program Fall Blocks II, III 2024 12 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $10,900
Program Fall Block III 2024 6 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $5,450
Program Spring Block I 2025 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $5,500
Program Spring Blocks I, II 2025 12 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $11,000
Program Spring Blocks I, II, III 2025 18 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $16,500
Program Spring Block II 2025 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $5,500
Program Spring Blocks II, III 2025 12 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $11,000
Program Spring Block III 2025 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $5,500
Program OC Academic Year 2024-2025 38 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $3,456

Housing = $1,500**

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $5,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $140

Personal expenses = $150††

Other = $100†††

Total Costs = $1,140

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $7,406

Housing = $3,000**

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $10,900

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $280

Personal expenses = $300††

Other = $100†††

Total Costs = $1,530

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,200

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $11,356

Housing = $4,500**

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $16,350

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $420

Personal expenses = $450††

Other = $100†††

Total Costs = $1,920

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,800

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $3,456

Housing = $1,500**

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $5,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $140

Personal expenses = $150††

Other = $100†††

Total Costs = $1,140

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $7,406

Housing = $3,000**

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $10,900

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $280

Personal expenses = $300††

Other = $100†††

Total Costs = $1,530

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,200

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $3,456

Housing = $1,500**

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $5,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $650

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $140

Personal expenses = $150††

Other = $100†††

Total Costs = $1,140

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

†††Covid test fees for entry to the US, if required

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $3,506**

Housing = $1,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $5,500

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $0

International Airfare = $700

Local Transportation = $70

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $150††

Total Costs = $970

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Cost departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $7,506**

Housing = $3,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $11,000

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $0

International Airfare = $700

Local Transportation = $140

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $300††

Total Costs = $1,215

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,200

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Cost departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $11,506**

Housing = $4,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $16,500

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $0

International Airfare = $700

Local Transportation = $210

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $450††

Total Costs = $1,460

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,800

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Cost departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $3,506**

Housing = $1,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $5,500

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $0

International Airfare = $700

Local Transportation = $70

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $150††

Total Costs = $970

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Cost departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $7,506**

Housing = $3,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $11,000

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $0

International Airfare = $700

Local Transportation = $140

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $300††

Total Costs = $1,215

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,200

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Cost departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $3,506**

Housing = $1,500***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $5,500

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $0

International Airfare = $700

Local Transportation = $70

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $150††

Total Costs = $970

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

round-trip based on U.S. East Cost departure

††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Pablo Allen

Center Director

Pablo is a native Costa Rican, born and raised in San José. He is an an evolutionary ecologist interested in sexual selection, animal weapons, and phenotypic plasticity. Since rejoining CIEE...

Jessica Arias

Academic Director

Jessica has a PhD on Agricultural Science from the University of Costa Rica. She earned a BSc. in Ecotourism and an MSc. in Sustainable Development, with a concentration in Conservation of...

Jose Carlos Calderon

Student Life Manager

"Moncho" earned his BSc in Biology at the University of Costa Rica with a specialization in bats. He has worked for CIEE Monteverde for over 10 years as Assistant Instructor...

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

START AN APPLICATION
You're one step closer to an amazing study abroad experience!

2

CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 

Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad.

3

CONTACT US

Send us an email if you still have questions or need information about applying to this program.

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