Study abroad semester in Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is undoubtedly a country full of amazing wonders. I have never been there, but try yourself to Google “Costa Rica”. Man, that place looks awesome! What if you have the possibility to study there in a recognized framework, useful towards your degree attainment? Well, with wearefreemovers you can. ULACIT, the best private university of Costa Rica (as stated by QS World University Rankings), is more than happy to welcome you. It is a verified institution, meaning that its ties with wearefreemovers are quite solid. Are you still undecided about Costa Rica? Here you can find some information about this stunning portion of Earth.

With 5 million inhabitants, Costa Rica is a small Central American country (122nd in the world by population). Its name means “Rich Coast” in Spanish. Like some other Central American countries, its coasts include both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, making it able to trade with both the Pacific and the Atlantic hemisphere. Costa Rica experiences a tropical climate year-round. There are two seasons. The dry season is December to April, and the rainy season is May to November. The variety of its flora and its fauna is impressive considering its size.

Economically speaking, the country enjoys one of the highest standards of living of Central America, second only to Panama in terms of GDP per capita. It has a sustained level of trade with most developed countries in the world, especially the American ones. Its service sector is growing rapidly, especially in terms of GDP contribution, with finance, corporate services and tourism driving the change. The latter represent and ever more important staple of Costa Rica’s enrichment and international recognition. Its natural wonders are unique, its population is highly literate and more English-fluent than its neighbors’ ones, and its service offering is quite sound. Thus, it is not surprising that Costa Rica is the most-visited nation in Central America, with tourists coming principally from the United States.

Additionally, the level of non-economic wealth and development of Costa Rica is substantial. In 1949, the country abolished its military force, and committed itself to spend the since-then unnecessary military budget on education, with the motto: “The army will be replaced by an army of teachers”. The results of this decision are solid and quantifiable even today: Costa Rica has a double education expenditure percentage of GDP compared to the world average. Its population is highly literate and that contributes a lot in advancing the country’s wealth through the service sector. Happiness is also going strong in the country: according to the HPI index, Costa Rica has the happiest population in the world. Life expectancy is the same as the most advanced economies in the world (80 years), and maybe that is in part due to its 99,5% of energy production coming from renewable sources, making Costa Rica an absolute excellence of sustainability.

What are the best universities in Costa Rica for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Costa Rica might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find just 1 academic institution offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Costa Rica. Let’s check some statistics about it:

NAMEQSTHEARWUCWURCWTSEduniversal palmesU.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities RankingsWebometrics
ULACIT Costa Rica1001-1200-------

ULACIT is ranked as the best private university in Costa Rica and the Central American region by QS World University Rankings 2023. Its employability strategy has also placed ULACIT among the universities with the best graduate employability rates worldwide. It recently obtained the QS Recognition of Employability 2023 award by reaching the 18th position worldwide in Employment Outcomes, among 1,300 universities.

Costs and fees

Costa Rica is a moderately expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are close to 650€. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Costa Rica is cheap, with a median 1750€/semester for free mover students.

Which Costa Rican cities are available to free movers?

Currently there is just 1 city that accept free movers in Costa Rica. Have you ever dreamt of studying in San José?