University of Kansas in San Jose

  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


The main Campus of the University of Costa Rica is located in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, a locality located in the heart of the capital city, San Jose. San Jose offers many attractions to visitors including several museums, historical sites, parks, and restaurants. Costa Rica is situated between Nicaragua and Panama. Its tropical location produces a great quantity of ecological life zones and a staggering variety of plants and animals. The Atlantic and PaciSic beaches, the magniSicent volcanoes, and the rain forests are easily accessible to curious visitors.

  • Visa:

    Arranged by KU after group arrival.

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Students must have completed the equivalent of 5 semesters of college level Spanish courses (through Intermediate Spanish II) and at least one course in literature or culture. It is preferred that students be enrolled in a Spanish course the semester before they are expecting to study abroad. Students must enroll in an appropriate-level Spanish language course while abroad. Students must have the ability to adapt to different environments and be in good health.

    Academic Credit

    You must take at least 15 hours of classes and must not drop below 15 semester credit hours at any time. The 15 hours to be taken during the UCR semester do not include orientation. A maximum of 18 credit hours (not including the pre-program orientation) can be earned during the semester.


    Transcripts are not processed at UCR until mid-semester, so grades will not be transferred until the end of the semester you return.

    Course Highlights

    Anthropology, Art History, Archaeology / Archeology, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Comparative Literature, Dance, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Feminine and Gender Studies, Film, Fine Arts, Geology, Growth and Structure of Cities, History, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Math, Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theater

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Month-long to prepare students for rigorous academic work in another language and culture. Includes traveling and Spanish language instruction.

    Number of Students: Approximately 35-40 students attend each semester. Maximum 50. Approximately 35,000 students total at the University.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Homestay; family provides three meals a day.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    The campus is the social and academic center, since most Costa Rican students live at home with families. The small cafes are a common place to chat with friends and professors. Field trips to art museums, the Central Market, the National Theater, volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches. Cultural activities such as salsa and meringue lessons. Volunteer work with orphanages, adult language schools and other educational institutions.

    Sports: Aikido, athletics, basketball, cheerleading, fencing, futsal (indoor), gymnastics, karate, kung fu, mountaineering, soccer, swimming, tai chi, tennis, volleyball

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester/Year
  • Semester I: Early July to mid-December
  • Semester II: End of January to mid-July
  • Year: July to July
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 15
  • Semester II: September 15
  • Year: February 15
Faculty Contact

James Krippner