- Experience the Pura Vida lifestyle by living in a homestay in a vibrant city among a welcoming community in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.
- Engage with the Costa Rican culture with the support of two full time on-site staff members who connect students to optional volunteer, excursion, and extracurricular opportunities.
- Explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica by bus to visit world-renown rainforests, beaches, national parks, waterfalls, animal sanctuaries, volcanoes, hot springs, and more!
- Take advantage of the opportunity to directly enroll in classes at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR)—one of the top research institutions in Central America.
The bustling city of San José is surrounded by lush green mountains and is home to Costa Rica’s most prestigious universities. Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) is nestled in the San Pedro neighborhood, filled with restaurants, shopping, parks, and nightlife all within walking distance of campus!
The on-site staff connect students to optional opportunities to volunteer during the program. Tutor students in English, spend time helping at an orphanage, or contribute to conservation efforts at a national park!
There are with two full-time Costa Rican staff members, Zaida Ugalde, On-site Program Coordinator & Isa Alcázar, On-site Assistant Program Coordinator. Zaida Ugalde is a native Costa Rican who has traveled extensively throughout Central America, loves the outdoors, and enjoys taking up new hobbies like learning how to grow her own coffee! Isa is originally from Chile but has called Costa Rica home for most of her life. Isa loves to explore the shopping scene and delicious food wherever she travels to and enjoys baking for program participants on special occasions! Both Zaida and Isa have worked with Grupo de Kansas students since 1994 and are passionate about making students’ experiences abroad truly unforgettable.
What We Love About UCR
UCR offers a unique opportunity for students to enhance their Spanish proficiency alongside supportive members in a homestay while simultaneously immersing themselves in a rigorous and engaging learning environment. The presence of two onsite staff members provides invaluable support for students as they adapt to the Pura Vida lifestyle.
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You can meet with the ISEP Coordinator at your home campus or speak with an ISEP Student Services Officer, who will guide you through the application process, pre-departure, your time abroad, and your return. To connect with ISEP, visit our website.