Program Details

Studying abroad in Costa Rica is your chance to immerse yourself in a culture where “pura vida” is not just a saying, it's a way of life. Stand out on college applications and perfect your Spanish language skills on this unique program.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Studying abroad in Costa Rica gives you the chance to immerse yourself in a culture where “pura vida” is not just a saying, it is an appreciation of the natural beauty and friendliness of its people. This is your chance to have the adventure of a lifetime while learning Spanish and about the Costa Rican way of life.

School Life:

The government of Costa Rica invests much of its funding toward their education system. To fully embrace your local Costa Rican community you will attend a public school and all of your classes will be taught in Spanish. Mandatory school uniforms minimize economic differences among classmates and will make your packing process much easier! Typical classes include: Math, Spanish, English, Science, Geography and Agriculture.

What’s included in the program fee:

  • Roundtrip international airfare from Miami to San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Medical/Accident Insurance
  • Support and counseling services from in-country staff
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure orientations (via Skype)
  • Greeting upon arrival at San Jose airport
  • Arrival Orientation in San Jose
  • Personal assistance from Greenheart Travel Program Manager
  • Letter of recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program
  • Assigned mentor, prior to departure, upon request
Setting Description:
All students will live with a local host family and be fully immersed in high school classes taught in Spanish. Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In fact, many of our current host families have hosted students in the past, showing what an impactful experience it was.
Academic Trimester: $6,380 Academic Semester: $10,490 Academic Year: $13,610 Check out our website for early bird application discounts!

Additional Program Information

Students must: -- Be between 14 and 18 years of age -- Be from the United States or Canada -- Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0 -- Be in great mental* and physical health -- Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community -- Be willing to study and learn Spanish. -- If your command of Spanish is not sufficient to follow lessons in school, you will be expected to take additional language lessons at your own cost.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 2 Reviews

  • Living and studying in beautiful Costa Rica

    As a parent, I had many questions about the administrative and practical aspects of the program, all of which were quickly and professionally answered by the Greenheart Travel professionals. My son really enjoyed his study abroad experience and the opportunity

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • 06/24/16

    This was one of the most pivotal choices of my life doing this, it has taught so much more than Spanish and I would do it again, as well as reccomend it for anyone looking for a life changing experience. There were some tuff situations for me, but that's

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend