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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/15/2016
Rolling Admission 02/08/2017 07/24/2017
Early Start Spring 2017 10/15/2016
Rolling Admission 01/07/2017 07/24/2017
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017 03/14/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/14/2017 TBA TBA
Early Start AY 2017-2018 03/01/2017 03/14/2017 TBA TBA
Early Start Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/14/2017 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:
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:
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:
  Joshua Taylor Klein, Early Start Spring 2013 Participant
Due to the language difference between Costa Rica and the United States, I think that the study abroad program helps students improve their Spanish abilities as well as their self-confidence. I also think this program helps students see the world from a different perspective, both culturally and politically.

Fall 2012 Participant
My favorite part of the program was the orientation class. The month of history, culture and writing classes with the other American students helped me feel much more comfortable in the classroom and with schoolwork totally in Spanish before the semester even started and helped me get to know the other students in the program. The orientation also included several field trips, which were an incredible way to experience some of Costa Rica's natural beauty and escape the city.

  Kristen Johanna Indihar, Early Start Spring 2012 Participant
The most rewarding part was living with a family and going to school with Costa Rican students so I gained the full cultural experience.