Program Details

This is the ideal program for students interested in Spanish immersion and living in Costa Rica. Explore the verdant cloud forests and tropical coastlines of the Central American country while studying Spanish at the Latin University of Costa Rica.
Location:
Heredia, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, MayMester Intersession, Rolling Starts, Spring Break, Spring Semester, Summer, Winter Semester, Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:
Take intensive Spanish classes and electives in Heredia, Costa Rica while living with a host family and taking in all that the people and culture of Costa Rica have to offer!

This is the ideal program for students interested in Spanish immersion and living in Costa Rica. Explore the verdant cloud forests and tropical coastlines of the Central American country while studying Spanish at the Latin University of Costa Rica.

Program Includes: Weekend Excursions, Cultural Activities, Homestay & Meals, Tuition, International Medical Insurance, Predeparture Advising, Airport Transfers, Reception & Farewell Events, On-site Staff, Tutoring, University Transcript and Volunteer Opportunities
Setting Description:
Our program is located in Heredia, a picturesque colonial Costa Rican city located in the central highlands. Heredia rests on the forested lower slops of impressive Poas Volcano. From your new home in Heredia, we will depart on excursions to visit national parts and all that tropical Costa Rica has to offer.
Cost:
Summer: $2,995 Winter break: $2,895 Semester: $7,995 Academic Year: $14,995

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
SOL offers around 50 scholarships a year. These are in addition to the direct scholarships to students from our Affiliated & Partner Universities. Please apply via our scholarship page: http://www.soleducation.com/sol-study-abroad-scholarship

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.9

Based on 42 Reviews

  • Amazing
    5.0
    09/06/19

    My trip to Heredia, Costa Rica was abosolutely amazing. I went through SOL Education Abroad. While I was there in Costa Rica for three weeks, I was able to stay with a host family to connect with their ways of life and learn the language with other people

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Exceptional Study Abroad Program
    5.0
    05/20/19

    This is an exceptional study abroad program. I signed up for SOL with little to no knowledge of Spanish and, now, have an appreciation and passion for the language. It has been an excellent introduction to Spanish, and I am working to further the great

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My First Study Abroad
    4.0
    04/17/19

    This trip was a lot of fun. I gained hands on experience working with a wide range of ages in children. I felt very immersed in the culture by staying with a host family, as well as, the planned cultural excursions. A highlight of my trip was the city

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Life-changing Experience!
    5.0
    04/16/19

    This experience allowed me to work outside of my comfort zone to help change the lives of individuals. I was able to create fun lesson plans that engaged the students and allowed them to learn. My experience with my host family was amazing, they provided

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My experience in Costa Rica
    5.0
    01/16/19

    Traveling with Sol Abroad was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself when deciding to study abroad, and I would absolutely use them again when traveling. Sol was accommodating and flexible, and kept students up to date with their application

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • More than expected
    5.0
    12/13/18
    SOl Education Abroad provided an amazing experience, and I learned more than I was expecting too. Would definitely do the whole thing again in a heartbeat.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • SOL Changed My Life
    5.0
    12/12/18

    When I first saw everything that SOL offered and how low the cost was, I was immediately in. Costa Rica looked like a dream, so that’s where I decided to go. SOL HQ was extremely helpful and it was always exciting to get random emails about my program

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Sol is Awesome!
    5.0
    12/12/18

    Sol Education Abroad was everything I asked for and more! I met amazing people, stayed in an amazing country, learned about a beautiful language and culture, and did awesome activities! Everything was well organized and safe. I will absolutely recommend

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica!
    5.0
    12/12/18

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica with SOL Education Abroad has been one of my most rewarding experiences in college. It's opened my eyes to new culture and traditions and allowed me to explore a beautiful country. The SOL directors provided us unique opportunties

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • SOL is The Way To Go
    5.0
    12/11/18

    I'm finishing up my time here in Costa Rica with the SOL Education Abroad program, and I can whole heartedly say that this has been the best experience of my life. There wasn't a day that went by that I didn't find myself trying or experiencing something

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Awesome
    5.0
    12/11/18
    Amazing program and experience!
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Cataratas, Amor, y Español - My Time in Heredia, Costa Rica
    5.0
    07/23/18

    I did not know any Spanish when I stepped off the plane in Costa Rica, but the classes were so informative and engaging that I was speaking with locals in no time. The staff and directors with Sol are very kind, patient, and helpful. One of the best parts

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pura Vida!
    5.0
    06/21/18

    The SOL program is extremely interactive, be prepared to practice your Spanish! However, the directors speak English and will repeat things as necessary. You can ask them anything! They are tour guides, so they know all about the history and culture.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life Changing
    5.0
    06/19/18

    My experience with SOL is not one I will ever forget. It sounds cliche, but the truth behind this statement will reveal itself to you if you study abroad. I made so many amazing friendships with SOL, and I grew so much as a person. My spanish improved

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Host family the highlight
    5.0
    08/15/16

    In May I returned to the U.S. after four months abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica, a sweet, lively town about an hour by bus from the nation's capital, San Jose. I studied with Sol Education Abroad, and I loved it. The directors made sure that we were more

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Sol Costa Rica LIFE CHANGING
    5.0
    06/09/16

    I think that my life is change permanently because I have had the chance to experience this with these people. Our director has bestowed upon us her wisdom and I have greatly appreciated being in the mist of such an incredible woman who has made it here

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Sol Costa Rica
    5.0
    01/24/16

    I spend a semester in Costa Rica with Sol Education and I am now preparing to spend another semester through Sol's program in Oaxaca, Mexico. This program is extremely well put together and filled with excursions and support networks for people who are

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • SOL Education Abroad- Heredia, Costa Rica
    5.0
    09/12/15

    I absolutely loved this experience. Staying with the host family, I enjoyed the experience so much more. The teachers at the university were always there to push you to practice more and more Spanish and always try even if you are unsure of your language

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best decision EVER!!!
    4.0
    09/05/15

    You will have so much fun make so many good friends! The directors and everyone involved in Sol are so dedicated to making this the best experience you've had to date. They've helped me with everything from my speaking skills, to overcoming homesickness,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best decision EVER!!!
    4.0
    08/17/15

    I had such a great time in Costa Rica with SOL! The best aspect of the trip was definitely the people- from the program directors, to my host family, to the people we met on our own trips- they were all amazing and incredibly helpful. I learned so much

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Truly Life-Changing Experience
    5.0
    08/14/15

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica through SOL was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life! The support I received leading up to, throughout, and prior to studying abroad was incredible. The directors, Janiva and Jessenia, are so accommodating,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pura Vida is the way to live!
    5.0
    06/23/15

    I gained so much knowledge about nature and culture and I love it. I believe that studying in Costa Rica will give me life long useful knowledge that can be applied to anything. I now follow the "Pura Vida" lifestyle and I have never been so free and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Total Immersion and Travel Experience
    5.0
    05/19/15

    I went to Costa Rica seeking adventure and found it in many more places than I anticipated. Not only did I get to experience the natural beauty the country offers through excursions provided by Sol and personal travel, but I fell in love with the culture.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A life-changing 4 months
    5.0
    01/19/15

    Because of SOL, I gained a new outlook on life, new hobbies and passions, and a new-found love for life. The program was chalk full of cultural activities, excursions, and ways to get involved. The group of people I met will be lifelong friends and the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Experience Of My Life!
    5.0
    09/22/14

    The host family experience was beyond anything I could have expected. Classes with local Costa Ricans were very worthwhile and helped with my speaking and writing abilities. Tons of travel opportunities and site seeing. Beautiful country, well managed,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Tico Experience
    4.0
    09/12/14

    I enjoyed going through Sol for this program. [My family] was seriously amazing. It is going to be very hard to say goodbye and I plan to stay in touch with them.The directors are amazing and help you experience everything to the fullest. The people in

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Experience of a Lifetime
    5.0
    05/25/14

    Todo es possible con SOL! Seriously, you not only gain a solid spanish foundation at the ULatina, but you make real connections with the people in your group and of course, Ticos! The directors care for you as a human being, not just another student who

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Go with Sol!
    5.0
    05/03/14

    I LOVE SOL! I had the best semester of my life thanks to the awesome professors at my host university, my amazing director, my loving host mother, and of course my sol mates. My host my was incredible and I really felt like part of her family. The house

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Do it!
    5.0
    04/29/14
    Everything was awesome. Above and beyond what I'd expected. The classes were great, my host family was AMAZING, and the directors really show they care.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pura Vida!
    5.0
    04/27/14

    Through my experience with Sol in Costa Rica I feel much less patriotic about the arbitrary region that I was born in and am much more conscious about the planetary issues we are currently facing. Also, in my time here I have been inspired to add an Anthropology

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Decision of My Life
    5.0
    04/23/14

    It will be everything you expected and it will also be everything you didn't expect. The directors go above and beyond their job description to give us this wonderful experience. While it would be so easy to work their 9-5 day and then go home to their

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Power of SOL
    5.0
    04/22/14

    SOL Education Abroad is a diamond among diamonds. You can spend an eternity searching for the perfect Spanish speaking program. STOP NOW! This is the one for you if you want the ability to culturally immerse yourself, make many friends from all over the

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An abroad experience I always dreamed of
    5.0
    09/06/13

    I had a fantastic time during my abroad experience in Costa Rica. Our program directors were incredible people that gave us the best experience possible. The opportunity to have so much free time and experience the country, the local scene, and practicing

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pura Vida
    5.0
    09/05/13

    If you are truly going for the Spanish immersion experience it is worthwhile if you put the time and effort into it. The locals are friendly and if you stay within the limits you are given you will be safe. Spending time with your Tica (Costa Rica)family

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Pura Vida Livin
    5.0
    09/05/13

    I studied abroad in Costa Rica for about 2 months and it was an amazing experience. I met my roommate for the first time at the Dallas airport and we both were nervous about what was going to happen being submerged in the Costa Rican culture. When we

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The time of your life!
    5.0
    08/13/13

    The excursions are an awesome way to get to know the different people in your sessions and a great way to explore the country. My favorite excursion was the Manuel Antonio trip. It was a great mix of nature and adventure. The white water rafting tour

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The adventure of a lifetime!
    5.0
    08/13/13

    I have grown so much here and have fallen in love with the nature and culture! Really try to experience a "pura vida" attitude and be open to everything and everyone because you don't know what you'll get out of it. It's the experience of a life time.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An Incredible Experience
    5.0
    08/08/13

    Be prepared for a different lifestyle. One that is very simple, but so pleasant if you appreciate it for what it is. Costa Ricans live by their means and not in excess. Don't expect to get everything the way you usually do at home. Embrace a new perspective

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Great Program
    4.0
    08/08/13

    The program is very well organized and everyone involved--students, faculty, and directors--exceeded my expectations in terms of helpfulness and enthusiasm.Sol has helpful directors and offers many included activities that are well organized. You will

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Costa Rica Summer I
    5.0
    08/07/13

    This experience was so much more than I could have ever imagined. The fact a lone that you live with a family may seem a bit frightening at first, but it was the best part. They are so eager to help make the trip wonderful for you. Show you the culture.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Wonderful, lifechanging experience
    5.0
    08/06/13

    Going to Costa Rica with Sol was one of the best academic choices I have made in college. The regional directors made the application process very simple and straightforward. The price is great compared to other programs I researched, especially for all

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • This summer changed my life
    5.0
    08/05/13

    I loved my trip. I loved the host family, the school, the excursions--everything. I really did have a life changing experience. I know that that sounds super cliche and how a good review should sound, but in my case it is the truth. I fell in love with

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