Program Details

Take a gap year on your terms — with AIFS. Spend a semester or academic year abroad in San José, Costa Rica!
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Take a gap year on your terms — with AIFS.

We provide all-inclusive, flexible program options to customize your gap year adventure around the world. Mix and match destinations and academic terms for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to earn college credits, immerse yourself in a different culture, acquire global skills and expand your life experience.

AIFS Gap Year Programs are available to high school graduates 18 and over. 

Spend a semester or year in the lively capital of San José with AIFS and earn up to 23 credits. Live in a homestay. Enjoy cultural activities such as walking tours of the city, Costa Rican cooking classes and visits to local museums and historical sites. A 3-day trip to Arenal Volcano, hot springs and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a 3-day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park and a day trip to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall are included. Optional trips are a 3-day trip to Granada, Nicaragua and a 2-day hiking and rafting trip to Sarapiquí.

AIFS in San José offers unique academic opportunities in Spanish and Humanities Studies and Environmental Sciences. Students with a superior level of Spanish can take regular Veritas University courses in architecture, film and television, design, animation and fashion. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

AIFS is recognized as a premier provider of study abroad programs. Comprehensive fees include tuition and housing with $800,000 in scholarship and grant funding available. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Coordinated round-trip flight packages are also available.

Setting Description:
The lively capital of Costa Rica offers all of the amenities of a big city while being within reach of two coasts, volcanoes, national parks and the lush central highlands.

Additional Program Information

Open to high school graduates. 2.5 minimum GPA. No previous Spanish language study required.
Scholarships Description:

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