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University of Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
San Jose, surrounded by hillsides, rainforests, and three volcanoes, is the capital of Costa Rica. It’s a densely populated city, the hub of the nation’s political and economic activity, as well as its transport network. About one in every three “Ticos” (Costa Ricans) lives in San Jose. San Jose’s elevation gives it a mild climate. There’s plenty to keep you occupied in the downtown area, with various markets, plazas, parks, shops, clubs, and restaurants—Gallo pinto, fried rice and black beans, is a tasty favorite dish—to discover. Here, too, is where you’ll find the National Theater—it also hosts classical concerts and modern dance—and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, which has some 1600 artifacts dating back to AD 500.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Costa Rica website.
When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study. Spend some time exploring the departments’ websites, as quite often you will find courses that you need in surprising places.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the University of Costa Rica. That means you will need to take at least 12 RU credits each semester. The credit translation system between the University of Costa Rica and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at the University of Costa Rica will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Mid-August –Mid-November
Spring Semester: Early March– Early July
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Costa Rica web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You will be living with a homestay with a Costa Rican family. You will have use of the kitchen when no meals are provided, a private room with a private or shared bathroom, and laundry facilities. Students will be matched with families based on their responses to the Host Family Request Form available on the UCR website. This form will be completed at the same time as your second phase application. Participating students will receive information on their host family members, home address and telephone numbers approximately two weeks before their arrival in Costa Rica to ensure student-host family coordination.
For more information on Homestay opportunities, please visit the University of Costa Rica website.
Program Cost: 2016-207
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.