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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Early Start Spring 2018 10/15/2017
Rolling Admission 01/06/2018 07/23/2018
Spring 2018 10/15/2017
Rolling Admission 02/04/2018 07/23/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Early Start Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Early Start AY 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program after a decision has been reached and will be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Mari Keyser
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum GPA Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
Open to Non-KU students: Yes Open to graduate students: Yes
Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity: Yes
Program Description:

Funding your Study Abroad Program

The Office of Study Abroad can do personalized financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.  KU students who qualify for financial aid in the form of Stafford and/or other loans, Federal Grants, and KU or outside scholarships may apply the aid to the cost of a Study Abroad Program.  
KU Study Abroad supplemental scholarships are available to KU degree seeking students. Applications are available online. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 for Summer and Fall and Academic Year programs and October 1 for Spring, Winter Break and Spring Break programs.
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Application Procedures

All applicants will be required to complete several documents for each study abroad application.  Below is a list of documents that will need to be completed for an application.

        a. Statement of Purpose
        b. Verification of Minimum GPA Requirement
        c. Academic Plan and Approval Form (KU students only)
        d. Autobiography
        e. Early Start Preference
        f. Costa Rica Course Selection
(Non-KU students only)
        g. Costa Rica - Program Length
        h. Student Photo Upload
        i. Official Transcript

        j. 1 General Recommendation and 1 Language Recommendation
        k. Authorization to Release Student Information
        l. Student Conduct Verification (KU students only)

For more detailed information about the application process, please visit our Application Process page.

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Academic Experiences:
1 2 3 4
Cultural Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Early Start Fall 2013 Participant
The most rewarding element was the language acquisition. Going into the study abroad program I knew a decent amount of Spanish, but I generally lacked fluidity and confidence in my speaking. The program allowed me to practice my Spanish skills in an environment where I could receive help and learn from my peers and family.

Jennifer Lynn Rosacker, Early Start Spring 2013 Participant
Living with a host family was one of the most rewarding experiences of my Study Abroad. With my family, my Spanish improved, I learned more about the Costa Rican culture, and most importantly I was able to make life long connections with Costa Ricans.

Spring 2014 Participant
I loved the Spanish immersion aspect of the program and the opportunity to experience family life, traveling, and university life through a different cultural lens. I loved the biodiversity aspect of this program; there are ample opportunities to travel and experience the biodiversity that Costa Rica has to offer and many courses in the biology department really take advantage of this unique aspect of the country. But I think my favorite part of the entire experience were all of the people I met; classmates at UCR, other international students, other students in the program, Zaida and Isa, professors, my host family...the relationships made the experience what is was for me.