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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/14/2016 02/08/2017 07/24/2017
Early Start Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/14/2016 01/07/2017 07/24/2017
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.
For additional scholarship opportunities visit:

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:
  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.

  Kimberly Jeanne Pollock, Spring 2014 Participant
It was cool to see how much your Spanish skills improve simply by using it everyday with your host family, friends, professors, etc. It's frustrating at first when you can't get out exactly what you'd like to say, but with time, patience and lots of practice your Spanish improves drastically.

Early Start Fall 2012 Participant
I learned more about myself than anything else in the program. I learned about other cultures, people, different ways of life, the list goes on, but i learned so much about what I think about all of these different and new aspects of the world. It was very eye-opening.