CEA Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

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Program Description

Live the pura vida lifestyle and create memories to last a lifetime as you immerse yourself in the Spanish language and Costa Rican culture in beautiful San José. Study abroad in Costa Rica with CEA and discover all that this Central American country has to offer—lush cloud forests, sunny beaches, unparalleled biodiversity, and an incredible academic experience to boost your resume, sharpen your language skills and provide hands-on international experience. Take classes in the bustling capital of San Jose at our partner institutions, Veritas University and Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia, and choose from a range of course offerings that meet your academic, career and personal interests.
Available programs include:
• International Business
• Medical Spanish & Health Sciences
• Service Learning & Sustainability program in rural Pejibaye, Cartago Province
• International Internship
• Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Sciences
• Online On-Site Hybrid
• Online On-Site Tropical Field Study
• Intensive Spanish Language
You’ll also have a variety of opportunities to extend your learning beyond the classroom through field work, excursions, cultural and social activities in and around this beautiful region. And, there are always CEA internships, volunteer and service learning opportunities to further enrich your experience.


Nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, Costa Rica is not only known for its stunning natural beauty, but for its commitment to democracy and peace—the country hasn't had a standing army in more than 40 years and boasts more teachers than policemen. It’s an amazing place to live and study!
• Get hands-on experience through CEA’s many volunteering and service opportunities
• Courses are available for students at all language levels (classes available in English and Spanish)
• Meet your classmates and professor before you get there—elective coursework begins “virtually” 2 weeks prior to arrival in Costa Rica
• Experience hands-on field work in a tropical country leading in environmental conservation
• Obtain invaluable hands-on experiences and lasting friendships through in-depth field work outings with classmates
• Acquire and/or improve your Spanish language skills through classroom studies and real-world experience in and around San Jose
• Study the environment in a region that leads the environmental conservation field
• Explore Costa Rican culture and history
• Take classes in the bustling capital of San Jose at our partner institutions, Veritas University and Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia

What`s Included

• Airport Reception
• Welcome & Orientation
• Tuition & Registration
• San Jose CEA Staff Support
• Housing
• Excursions to Manual Antonio National Park, Canopy Tour, Bahia Ballena Beach and Whale, Irazú Volcano and Orosi Valley, Panamá, Poás Volcano and more
• Cultural Activities: city tour, inside tour and presentation at the National Theater, Art City tours, visit to central market, local town festivals and fairs
• Volunteer opportunities at a local orphanage, housing projects and more
• Social Activities: concerts, organized sports, partner university integration activities
• CEA Office Amenities: printers, computer lab, WiFi, student lounge, outdoor space
• University Services: computer labs, library, cafeterias, ATM, postal services, hiking and trekking trails, free shuttles, tourist office
• Gym membership, bible studies, self-defense/martial arts, cooking, dance, scuba, yoga, and other courses


Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business, Business Management, Communications, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, Intensive Language, Management, Marine Biology, Marketing, Ad., & PR, Media and Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science/Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Service-Learning, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Studio Arts, Theology, Travel / Tourism, Tropical Biology, Zoology & Wildlife Sciences

Program Locations

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Program Details

CEA Study Abroad
  • Costa Rica: San Jose
School Term:
Fall, Spring, Summer
American, Canadian
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