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San Jose, Costa Rica Project Center
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: C term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: C term
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
C Term
Project Opportunities:
Melissa Belz
Center Highlights:
International, Language Learning, Urban
Shared rooms in an apartment style hotel
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:


Costa Rica is a land of contrast: banana plantations, flaming volcanoes, misty black sand beaches, and a thriving modern capitalist economy. A remarkably stable country, both politically and economically, Costa Rica offers an opportunity for students to become immersed in a Central American culture where democracy, economic development, and concern for the environment are a permanent part of the landscape. Students stay in the capital city of San José and have ample opportunity to visit the country’s many attractions.


Projects are typically centered on issues in environmental conservation, sustainable development, and community development. Students work with government agencies, selected museums, and private organizations dedicated to these issues. Through project work students become familiar with the land and with the challenges involved in maintaining a clean environment in spite of pressures to develop the economy.

Prior knowledge of Spanish language is not required for participation. All students, however, must complete a two-week intensive language program on site. Those who already have Spanish skills will greatly improve them.

Project Examples

Public transportation and environment - Assessing the efficiency, cost, and environmental impact of using bio-diesel in public transportation buses in San Jose
Fire safety and communication - Producing a digital on-call-help dispatcher guide to facilitate emergency firefighting services in Santo Domingo
Marine conservation - Creating communication materials for local and national audiences on marine turtle conservation throughout Costa Rica


Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State

Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
C term 2015-2016 10/06/2014
01/12/2015 TBA TBA
C term 2016-2017 10/05/2015
01/11/2016 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.