Studying abroad and learning Spanish in Costa Rica is a perfect opportunity to learn about Costa Rican life and culture. Study abroad programs in San Jose, Costa Rica include Spanish language and culture immersion courses for all levels and ages, academic and studio art programs.
You can spend a month or semester and academic year studying Spanish and different academic subjects on campus of the International University for Arts, Design and Architecture located in 10 minutes walking distance from Down Town and 15 minutes walking distance from the San Pedro Mall.
Spnaish language and art courses are taught by the professors of the university with an excellent recognition within the Latin American academic community and fully accredited by the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is a Central American success story. The fact that more than one million tourists visit Costa Rica each year does not happen by chance. Costa Rica is characterized by an impressive scenic beauty, social and political stability, high educational levels, and efficient infrastructure and services. All these characteristics you can find in a territory of only 51 thousand square kilometers, surrounded by both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, only three to four hours away from each other by land or 45 minutes by air.
San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, is nestled in the heart of the central valley between giant volcanic mountains and miles of green foothills. San Jose has a large number of excellent museums, restaurants, pubs and theaters.
A perennial spring like climate and an average temperature of 22 C or 72 F, makes Costa Rica a very attractive tropical setting. Four kinds of tropical forests, beautiful beaches on both costs, seventeen micro-climates, 856 species of birds, 221 species of animals, and 12,000 species of plants, are among the natural assets of this small paradise. Covering only 0.03% of the surface of our planet, Costa Rica has approximately 6% of the world's biodiversity.
The Ticos, as Costa Ricans are commonly known, are famous for their hospitality, and are quite happy to live up to their reputation. They are well-educated and hard working people, who are quick with a handshake and a smile. They are well aware of the special land they have, and most likely they will help foreigners when they get lost, even explaining things that might seem bizarre to foreigners, and making their stay as enjoyable as possible.