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STUDY ABROAD
IN COSTA RICA

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to study abroad! You can live and study amidst the country’s unparalleled natural beauty, including rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, and mountains. With a well established education system and an emphasis on peace and environmentalism, Costa Rica offers a certain level of both academic seriousness and tranquility and safety. It is an especially good destination for students who are studying Business, Education, Environmental Studies, Hospitality & Tourism, among many others.

SAN JOSE
Our campus is located in the university district of San Pedro, just 2 blocks from the University of Costa Rica. The campus offers both indoor and outdoor study areas, WiFi, onsite snack bar, and other amenities. The neighborhood offers a great student vibe and is surrounded by restaurants, gyms, shopping, and nightlife. From the institute, it is only a short 10-minute bus ride to downtown San Jose.

MANUEL ANTONIO
Our campus in Manuel Antonio is an open-air building that sits at the top of a small mountain overlooking the clean, blue waters of the Pacific. Students study surrounded by the rainforests and white sand beaches that only Costa Rica can offer! After class, you can escape to the beach, which is just minutes away via bus or on foot. Lockers are available at the institute for personal items.

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Maximo Nivel takes the academic success of our students very seriously. We evaluate each student’s motivation for the program and their academic history. This helps to ensure a productive and successful cohort experience for everyone in Costa Rica.

– At least 18 years of age
– Currently enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree program
– Academically prepared for university level work
– Proficient in the English language
– Positive mindset; ready to live and study internationally
– Minimum GPA 2.50

TERMDATES
Summer Term I 20193 June – 5 July
Summer Term II 20198 July – 9 August
Fall Semester 20192 September – 7 December
Winter Term 20202 January – 17 January
Spring Semester 202027 January – 1 May
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ProgramsSan Jose,
Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio,
Costa Rica
Fall Semester
14 Weeks
$6,995$7,495
Winter Term
3 Weeks
$2,495
Spring Semester
14 Weeks
$6,995$7,495
Summer Term I
4-5 Weeks
$3,595
Summer Term II
4-5 Weeks
$3,395
Freshman
Year
$6,995

*Prices above are representative only. Final tuition costs vary based on itinerary, housing preferences, tours, and transportation.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Why I Maximo Nivel

I studied at Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica for 5 months and it was the best choice I have ever made! I worked alongside nurses and doctors in a retirement home and learned so much! As a nursing student, I felt the medical project really helped me become eager to learn more about healthcare in poverty countries. The staff was beyond helpful and so compassionate, they always made sure I felt at home and never had any questions! Even my host family felt like real family by the end of my trip. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel, they are an outstanding organization.

Isabel R.

Study Abroad in Costa Rica

One of the most beautiful places on Earth!

SEMESTER ABROAD

The Study Abroad program in Costa Rica is a 14-week, cohort based program with a maximum of only 25 students. The cohort is a blended-level program in which lower division students take general education (GE) courses, while upper division students focus on specific content courses in their area of study.

Semester programs are available in the Fall and Spring semesters. The semester course load includes:

– 2 Spanish language courses
– 2 general education courses (Freshmen and Sophomores) or
– 2 specialized subject courses (Juniors and Seniors)
– 7-week service learning or international internship program

Most students earn 15 credit hours during the semester.

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Semester Abroad in Costa Rica
Internships in Costa Rica for University Students

INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS

Costa Rica has one of the most advanced economies in Latin America making it a preferred destination for interns of all backgrounds looking for a unique experience abroad. With an established education system, universal healthcare and a booming tourism industry there is an opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience and develop yourself professionally.

Whether looking to intern in hospitality & tourism, human rights, education, medical, business, or special education, your internship program in Costa Rica gives you the confidence to succeed in your future career. Join like-minded individuals as you work hard, study hard, and play hard in one of the most exotic travel destinations in the world!

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UNIVERSITY SPANISH COURSES

Maximo Nivel has a variety of university courses to meet students’ Spanish learning objectives. 100 to 400 level courses are available in small group classes and 1-on-1 private classes. Medical Spanish, Spanish for Business, remedial tutoring, and other Spanish programs for specific purposes are offered on as needed basis.

All courses are led by certified native Spanish-speaking teachers. Through a structured curriculum that emphasizes speaking, you naturally acquire the language as you are pushed to learn through practice.

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University Spanish Courses in Costa Rica
Service Learning in Costa Rica

SERVICE LEARNING

Costa Rica is known for having progressive environmental and social policies, and Costa Rica is widely considered one of the planet’s most sustainable countries. It is also a safe country—so peaceful a nation, the government disbanded the Army way back in 1948.

At the same time, Costa Rica is still a developing country with a low national income and a number of socio-economic issues. This means Costa Rica offers a wide variety of ways to get involved in service learning projects.  There is a lot to do in a country like Costa Rica and international students are needed and welcomed!

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Academic Credit for Study Abroad Programs

EARN ACADEMIC CREDIT

UNIVERSITY ABROAD

Academic credit is available for Maximo Nivel’s Study Abroad programs. Our programs can fulfill major, minor, or elective requirements. Our School of Record issues official transcripts and academic credit for your program. Get the credit you earn!

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