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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/14/2019 TBA TBA
Early Start Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/14/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Mari Keyser
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
Open to Non-KU students: Yes Open to graduate students: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills KU Core Advanced Education Goal 4.2 - Culture and Diversity: Yes
Program Description:

Funding your Study Abroad Program

KU 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, March 15th for 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:
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Academic Experiences:
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Cultural Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Gabrielle C Doue, Spring 2018 Participant
I learned first and foremost that you may think you know a foreign language well until you go to live in their country for six months. Basically, be prepared to be nervous, embarrassed and corrected by native speakers! That is simply something that comes with learning a second language, and the most effective way to learn, in my opinion. Furthermore, you should not assume that because you are an exchange student that your professors will go easy on you. Don't be a lazy student! You are here primarily to learn, so you should treat these courses as you would any other course at KU. Most importantly, I learned that studying other languages and cultures is a lifetime goal that requires dedication and hard work - but is without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences you can incorporate into your life. There is always more to learn.

Fall 2017 Participant
I found the classes to be most rewarding, as well as living with a host family. Both situations required constant use of Spanish which ended up allowing me to better my Spanish abilities when talking about academic topics or about everyday life topics.

Cyan Skye Sanders, Early Start Fall 2017 Participant
Language learning stalls at a certain part in your studies and it is at this point that immersion in that culture and language are the only things that will help you. Costa Rica is a better program than the others because the UCR is an amazing University and the host families and directors are unlike any others.