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AIFS Gap Year Programs: San José, Costa Rica (Summer)


Spend the summer in the lively capital of San José, Costa Rica with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 10 credits while studying at Veritas University. Courses are taught in English and Spanish with no previous Spanish language study required.

You’ll begin or improve your Spanish in a Spanish Language and Latin American Culture course. Specialized Spanish courses in business, health and law enforcement are also available.

Live in a homestay within walking distance of campus where you will have your own bedroom. Your host family will provide a weekly laundry wash and will also provide you with breakfast and dinner daily.

Cultural and social activities will include:

·     Walking tours of San José

·     Costa Rican cooking classes

·     Visits to local museums and historical sites

·     3-day trip to Manuel Antonio National Park, where you will explore some of the most beautiful beaches on the Central Pacific coast.

An optional, 2-day excursion to the great Arenal Volcano and hot springs spa is also available.

Program Highlights:

·      4-, 5- or 8-week summer program in San Jose, Costa Rica

·      Open to high school graduates, college sophomores, juniors and seniors

·      Program fee includes tuition, housing, meals, excursions and cultural activities, support from on-site Resident Director, day trips, and more. Optional AIFS Flight package available

·      Earn up to 10 credits from Veritas University

·      Trip to Manuel Antonio National Park

Over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS in the form of scholarships or grants.



  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Spanish Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Conservation and Preservation
  • Latin American Studies
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Language Literature and Studies

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