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  • Locations: La Fortuna, Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: University of Kansas Study Abroad 
  • Program Cost: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Mari Keyser
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Eligibility: 2.5 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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Non-KU students should check into the financial resources available to them at their home institutions.

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. Unofficial Transcript or Advising Report
        d. 2 Recommendations
        e. Authorization to Release Student Information
        f. Student Conduct Verification
        g. Financial Aid Questionnaire

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

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience:
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Academic Experiences:
1 2 3 4 5
Cultural Experience:
1 2 3 4 5
Program Reviews:
Summer 2015 Participant
Educationally, I really loved being on campus surrounded by students in the School of Social Welfare at UCR. Developing relationships with some of those students, in spite of the language barrier was such a challenging yet rewarding experience. Recreationally, hiking the waterfall in the pouring rain was incredible. The best experience I have had in my entire life. It was pouring down rain for the entire hike, which made the forest seem so magical. When we reached the bottom of the waterfall, it's presence was so powerful that it brought me to tears. It was the most beautiful experience I've had so far.

Mallory Simmens, Summer 2012 Participant
My favorite part was being able to experience things that your average tourist does not - like lunch with a farming community or conversations with indigenous peoples.

Jorden Nicole Matney-McCorkle, Summer 2018 Participant
I found it most rewarding to interact with the citizens of Costa Rica as much as possible. Interacting with those who were in the psychiatric hospital or in the prison allowed me to get to know these people and to learn their point of view on the social welfare system. Their personal stories that they wanted to tell us were informative and brought a personal point of view on the programs that we were learning about.

This program is currently not accepting applications.