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Summer in Costa Rica

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

An unforgettable experience Costa Rica style!

My study abroad trip to Costa Rica marked this past summer as the best one I've ever had. The immersive cultural experience, amazing friends, and incredible adventures made possible by CISabroad made my study abroad experience in Costa Rica one I will never forget. Thank you CISabroad!! And ¡Pura vida!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Community

    8

Summer in San Jose

When my mom was in college, she studied in Costa Rica and absolutely fell in love. Because I had Spanish experience, and because my mom had gone there, I decided it was where I wanted to have my first study abroad experience--and I have absolutely no regrets.

Costa Rica is an amazing country, and very different from the States. Universidad Veritas had a great vibe--they had cool indoor/outdoor spaces inside the university, complete with trees and other plants. My class instructor was excellent, and I found the students at the school very oriented towards foreign exchange students. I got to help model some clothes for a group studying clothing design, which was really cool--if a little nerve-wracking at first!

If you're nervous going abroad--maybe it's your first time leaving home, maybe you don't speak perfect Spanish--CIS is the perfect program to help you get your feet wet. The onsite coordinator in Costa Rica was super knowledgeable, compassionate, and fun-loving. She made our excursions and socials exciting and enjoyable, but was also there for any questions or concerns we had. The CIS staff will help you through every step off the application and acceptance process, and through every day you're in your host country. Studying abroad is one of the best things I've ever done for myself. I grew in self-confidence, learned to let loose a little bit, and fell in love with Costa Rica, its people, and its ecology--just like my mom did.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    4

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

You NEED To Study Abroad!

Whether it's in Latin America, Europe, etc., I HIGHLY recommend studying or interning abroad to EVERYONE. Studying abroad in Costa Rica has definitely been one of the highlights in my undergraduate career, and if I had the chance to I would go to Europe, preferably Italy, France, Spain, or Czech Republic! While I was abroad, I faced my fear of heights by ziplining across Latin America's highest and longest zipline. It was terrifying, but awesome! I made life-long friends and travel buddies. And I definitely took away great life pointers from this experience. For example, cultural competency, open-mindedness, safety within foreign environments, economic differences across the globe, and many more. Sometimes finances inhibit students from studying abroad. The best advice I can give is to make it happen by any means necessary because you CANNOT miss out this life changing experience. I applied last minute and missed a bunch of scholarship deadlines, so definitely don't do that. However, my program was understanding enough to still provide me with a minor, but very helpful, scholarship. Apply and take a leap of faith! It will change your perspective on life forever. Happy and safe travels!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Best Way to Learn Spanish!

This trip was an amazing experience. My host family was amazing, the professors at the university were great, and the people I met are what I consider lifelong friends! The cultural immersion forces you to learn Spanish, and it is honestly the best way to do so! I highly recommend this program to all!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

2 Months in Costa Rica

My experience in Costa Rica was incredible. Everyone that I had the opportunity to meet and talk with was incredibly friendly and fun to have a conversation with. The professors and staff at the university were some of the greatest people I've ever met and they stopped at nothing to make sure that I enjoyed my time in a foreign country. I loved taking trips every weekend and I even went to a soccer game while I was there. Overall, I had a great experience and would recommend this program and this trip to anyone who was looking to go.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Amazing experience

thjs program was great, they help you through everything and are always there for you. I do wish the program was more organized when it came to excursions. There were a few times we were told we would have extra time for additional activities on the excursions, but it changed once we were there. Other than that the people are great!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

Costa Rica: Hidden Treasure of Spanish Cultures

I loved coming to Costa Rica. The language spoken here was easier than I though it would be. The living situation worked well, communication between my host family was easy and convenient. I give it a 10. I wish more people would have stayed for 8 weeks, but I understand their situations. I plan on advising others to come to Veritas and Costa Rica because of the quality of education I received.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    10

Excellent Experience in Costa Rica

I will never forget this study abroad experience. My academic experience was the best, the program coordinator Lisa made me feel very comfortable and helped me access everything I needed in Costa Rica. Before leaving to Costa Rica CIS prepared me well to go abroad and gave me information that I needed to take with me.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

My review of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica was an incredible time and is a very special country. It is considered the happiest country in the world, has everything from perfect weather, beautiful sights, and some of the nicest people I have ever met. It is a very special and unique country to Latin America. Although it is a small country it has a huge amount of things to offer. After being there for over 9 weeks, there were still countless things I wanted to do. I went in with a positive attitude and knew I would get a lot out of the experience, but after going there I got the most amazing experience that I never imagined I would get.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    10

Wonderful Experience!

I loved Costa Rica. Everything it made me a better, more well-rounded person. I would go back in a second! Everyone was very welcoming and treated us like we were at home. The locals were interesting, kind people and my homestay was great.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

AMAZING

Everything my experience was fantastic. From Brian in the States helping me organize everything I needed to Lisa in Costa Rica and her extremely helpful hand. The school was awesome and my host mother was amazing. All of my excursions, planned with CIS or not, we're a blast. I would relive this experience a thousand times over.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    N/A

Awesome experience

Loved the entire experience. CIS did a great job. Plan on doing another trip with them in Spain.

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    6

Good experience

It was a good experience. Being emerged into the culture really helped learn the language.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Community

    8

Be aware of your surroundings.

It's important to remember you're in another country, so just use your common sense when traveling.

Academics:
Veritas was a great school, especially for study abroad students!

Health and Safety:
as long as you aren't alone, everything will be okay. Traveling in groups is so important, especially since there is automatically a target on you as a tourist/ exchange student.

Social Life:
San Jose has a lot to offer, but traveling to other areas is also very fun! There are many Ladies nights, so definitely try to find those spots and take advantage. On the same note, make sure you travel in groups!!! Never ever go out at night alone.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Community

    10

You get what you put in

Costa Rica is an awesome place to study abroad. Great people, beaches, and food.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    6

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Canopy

Very scarry but very cool!

Academics:
Little supplementary information provided by instructors. Work load is generally fair.

Living Situation:
Wonderful!

Cultural Immersion:
Most people spoke english even when addressed in Spanish.

Health and Safety:
Just stay in groups and be aware of your surroundings.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health & Safety

    3

  • Community

    7

Awesome adventures in wonderful weather while having fun warning credits and staying with a family

I enjoyed this program a lot. My family taught me so much Costa Rica and the culture of the country. The classes were interesting and I was able to earn 8 credits in five weeks. The adventures I went on were things that most people only dream of...ziplining and waterfalls. My only complaint is that the better excursions cost money out of your own pocket and aren't included in the program fee. Also, the university set up a field trip to the same place that I had gone on with the CIS abroad program.

Health and Safety:
I didn't always feel safe walking in San Jose. I had class at night and it was difficult to find someone to walk with. There was no shuttle at that time either.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

Costa Rica

Every experience is what you make of it.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    9

A Stellar Adventure

Reviews are difficult because each experience is so unique and depends so much on the individual's attitude on experiencing life. For me, I was able to accomplish what I came to do. I was able to learn more Spanish, go on adventures, and experience the Costa Rican lifestyle. It was made stellar because I was surrounded by strangers (now friends) who came to accomplish similar goals. We traveled on the weekends together, we studied together, we danced the nights away. We lived. The best thing in life is having the opportunity to be in a place like Costa Rica that allows you to really experience life and even better when shared with friends.

Academics:
The school is wonderful, very modern and clean. Class time was well organized, challenging, fun, and included excursions and time to watch the World Cup.

Living Situation:
It wasn't a five star hotel and I was not expecting it to be. It was a real experience staying in a home in a different culture. I appreciated it.

Cultural Immersion:
I truly experienced the Costa Rican lifestyle by interacting with my host family. I loved my host mother's cooking and am grateful for the time we spent every night after dinner practicing Spanish.

Program Administration:
There were some wrong emails and billing sent to me, but were corrected promptly, and I had some personal problems understanding directions (which is operator error, not the program).

Health and Safety:
The barbed wire fenced homes are intimidating, the catcalls annoying, the streets a bit dirty . . . but I never felt that I was in danger. It really helped that we had our own personal "knights in shining armor" who would make sure we got home safe after school.

Social Life:
It helps when you make friends :)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    6

  • Community

    10

Pura Life

Musa Confusa is the spot to go if you want a decent priced meal that is delicious.

Academics:
Advanced courses for native speakers are challenging to a point then it becomes redundant.

Living Situation:
I LOVED the host family i lived with. They treated me like one of their children as well as were super nice and super supportive. they were flexible to our schedules when they changed.

Cultural Immersion:
The excursions were a great way to learn more costa rica as well as the culture of the locals. I wish the students would practice their spanish during the excursions but one cant control that.

Program Administration:
Our on site director ROCKS!! i honestly think she should have an application on iphone or droid for places to eat because all the places she recommends are amazing.

Health and Safety:
people need to be more aware of their surroundings so stupid things wont happen to them

Social Life:
love the night life

Overall Rating

7/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Community

    10

Good times

I overall had no regrets of anything I did it was awesome meeting new people, trying new food, and adapting to another. You must have an open mind with everything to have a full experience.

Academics:
Classes were extremely long hard to keep focus the whole time.

Living Situation:
Great living situation didn't expect too much for my first time going to a foreign country. So good experience overall.

Health and Safety:
Couple incidents occurred to females mainly because of alcohol was involved.

Social Life:
It's extremely easy to meet people especially Americans because you already share common interest by being in Costa Rica. Locals are excited to meet you as we'll because you're Americans.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Great month

this has been the best experience of my life so far. Ive enjoyed the ups and downs of being here and im so grateful to have lived it.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    N/A

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    9

I enjoyed my time in Costa Rica

You won´t regret studying abroad in Costa Rica!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    8

Different

It was good experience. The country as beautiful. the touristic places were expensive yet beautiful. The people were helpful and my host mom was very nice and intelligent and passionate religion and politics like I am

Living Situation:
It was clean and neat

Cultural Immersion:
I wished I could have stayed longer

Program Administration:
They were very helpful.

Health and Safety:
It was very safe . they had barb wires and several locks

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

Dropped in tico land with amazing people.

I had the privilege of landing in Costa Rica with amazing roommates. We quickly became friends exploring the city and local beaches. The school, Veritas, is small but amazing and the classes are right on target with what you want. My spanish class was fantastic, I learned more in my 4 week class than I did in 3 years of high school spanish. My teachers were amazing. I would do it all again. There is so much to see in Costa Rica and so much to do.

Cultural Immersion:
You are dropped in the middle of everything, it was awesome

Health and Safety:
I never felt unsafe, but I did take precautions. I was always in a group and kept my purse or bookbag close to my body.