Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world – it contains 6% of Earth’s known species, though it counts for only 0.03% of the Earth’s landmass. Join us as we explore the natural treasures of this beautiful country through guest lectures, and a community service project. Students will attend lectures taught by local professors, which will cover topics associated with environmental preservation in Costa Rica.


  • 03/28/2020 to 04/05/2020


  • 8 Nights Homestay Accommodation
  • All Breakfasts, Most Lunches, All Dinners
  • Guide and Staff Support
  • Site Visits and Guest Lectures
  • Admission Fees and Cultural Visits
  • Embedded Medical Insurance
  • Country Guidebooks
  • 24/7 Emergency Support

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • University Credit
  • Additional Spending Money
  • Some Lunches
  • Travel During Free Time
  • Visas (if required)

What to Expect

Experience Costa Rica firsthand and get an interactive, up-close look at life in this dynamic environment. 

  • Connect with people working in the realm of environmental studies in Costa Rica.
  • Faculty members from one of our partner universities, Universidad Veritas or Universidad Latina, will be selected to teach guest lectures on the topic of environmental studies.
  • Students may be given assignments from their home university.

Host University

Universidad Veritas and Universidad Latina

Universidad Veritas was founded in 1975 as the Collegium Veritias, a college of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, the first private university in Costa Rica. Veritas University is now an independent private university, fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and authorized by the National Council of Private Higher Education (Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Privada, or CONESUP). The University is renowned in Costa Rica for its design, art, architecture and photography programs. In addition, the University welcomes international students to study Spanish through its International Programs Department (DPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,850 Costa Rican students and about 320 international students during any given semester or summer. Universidad Latina - Heredia is a highly regarded private university and part of the Laureate International Universities network. The campus is made up of a number of buildings interspersed with sun-lit courtyards, green spaces and quiet tropical gardens. Founded in 1985 as the Universidad Internacional de Costa Rica, the school's undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Today, the school offers undergraduate courses in a wide area of practical sciences, education, and business-related fields. The university also has a metropolitan campus in the capital city of San José, located 15-30 minutes by bus or car away from the central campus in Heredia.

For Parents

Thank you for considering this global opportunity for your students, and for trusting me with the important responsibility of educating them. In addition to building their resume and their network, I believe a program like this builds essential perspective that will set them on a path to becoming more global citizens!

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