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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 07/11/2018 07/22/2019
IMPORTANT DATE INFORMATION: The end date is approximate.
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 07/11/2018 12/17/2018
Early Start Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 06/03/2018 12/17/2018
Early Start AY 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 06/03/2018 07/22/2019
IMPORTANT DATE INFORMATION: The end date is approximate.
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.

Lydia Rose Vogt, Fall 2016 Participant
My favorite part of the Costa Rica study abroad program was meeting people from both Costa Rica and from countries all around the world and getting to know them in an academic and non-academic environment. I met people from Germany, Finland, Nicaragua, Mexico, France and many more countries and have made friendships and connections that are meaningful which I will benefit from in the future.

Seth Michael Brooks, Early Start Spring 2013 Participant
The moment when I realized I could now joke with native speakers was a very rewarding one. I realize now I can connect with Spanish speakers in a way I couldn't before. Also, from all of my short trips that I took and planned, I now feel a new confidence as a traveler. I feel like I could plan a backpacking trip in any part of the world, with the skills I acquired.