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A place to relax AND learn!
Costa Rica taught me to chill out. I spent the first 20 years of my life developing this great work ethic, and then these past four months just learning to breathe. I got to go to the beach every weekend while learning a ton of Spanish in class. I am so glad that I chose to study here
I loved the month-long intensive classes.
I never had a problem with any of the administration at my school.
Living with a family is a great cultural experience that I really enjoyed.
There were lots of opportunities to hang out with Ticos, especially because San Jose is such an active city.
Like any city, San Jose is dangerous. Be smart, be careful, and don't go out alone at night.
My mama tica was a great cook and very accomodating to vegetarians.
There's so much to do in the city, and it's super easy to take a bus somwhere else in the country.
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CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Costa Rican Riches
Reviewed by heather Miller on .
Costa Rica was lots of fun with many places to choose from for weekend trips. The excursions brought many students together and learn not just about Costa Rica, but each other.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Great program but the home stay was terrible.
Reviewed by Zachary Celaya on .
Everything was great but my host family barely fed me and barely spoke to me.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Costa Rica
Reviewed by david crossland on .
It was very eye opening and enjoyable most of the time.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica San Jose
Reviewed by Lauren Murray on .
I loved living with my family in San Jose, but the city is huge! If you don't like the city or aren't used to living in a city, I would not recommend San Jose to you. There are a lot of things to do, but it is dangerous and dirty.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed by Chanel Jackson on .
I enjoyed the time I spent studying in San Jose, Costa Rica but I enjoyed most of that time when I was traveling to the other countries or to some of the beach towns of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is very touristy so it tends to get sucked in and lose its cultural aspect because of it but what I found when traveling to other parts like Limon or Puerto Viejo de Talamanca the culture is preserved a little bit more and you see the side of the Tico Culture that you miss being in most parts of the the city of San Jose. Being that I am Minoring in Anthropology and my focus is on culture I look for those aspects. Would I go back to Costa Rica most likely no and if I was to return it would be to see my Tico Family.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Costa Rica
Reviewed by Paige Vest on .
My time abroad was amazing. The country was great, the school was great, my host family and the other girls i lived with were awesome! I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Costa Rica
Reviewed by Teal Koch on .
go. absolutely go. and take every possible chance.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica I didn't think...
Reviewed by Madison Clark on .
I didn't think I would learn this much. I didn't think that I would meet people and after a coupl days of knowing them, be like wow, how did I live my entire life not knowing these people. I didn't think I'd make life long friends, life long family. I didn't think I would feel like Costa Rica was my hom and not some place that I was studying abroad for a school year..
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Study abroad San Jose, Costa Rica
Reviewed by Austin Flath on .
The experience was amazing. I had the opportunity to meet tons of great people and learn spanish not only in school but also from friends I met along the way. By far the best four months of my life. I learned so much not only about spanish but just life in general. Deffinitely recommend that everyone has an experience such as I had.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Tuanis
Reviewed by Travis Amsterdam on .
Costa Rica was one the best experiences of my life because of the people, culture, cities visited, social life, and all that I learned in school as well. My tico family was great also. I can't think of one bad experience I've had here. Pura Vida.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Costa Rica 2012
Reviewed by Lauren Robertson on .
I was placed with such an amazing family. The classes were way too easy and didn't challenge me, but experiencing life with a Costa Rican family made it all worth it.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Different than I expected, but still good.
Reviewed by Lisa Johns on .
San Jose itself was not quite what I expected. The excursions to other cities in Costa Rica and to Nicaragua were more what I had in mind. San Jose is a big city with more crime and busy streets whereas the other cities hold the adventure and more charming towns. It's no more dangerous than my college town though. Don't be scared, just be smart. I have loved my time here in Costa Rica, have not felt stressed with schoolwork, but am glad to being going home soon. For me, 12 weeks was plenty of time.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Costa rica was awesome, but the school was a joke.
Reviewed by Aaron Alzapiedi on .
DONT DO A HOMESTAY. If you are accustomed to living on your own or away from parents a homestay with few exceptions is like returning to middle school with no curfew. If you can go to UCR not veritas its a joke and most of the english speaking teachers do not care at all. The country is beautiful and the best part is by far traveling and exploring on the weekends.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Review for studying abroad with CIS
Reviewed by Jordan Fenstermacher on .
I had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica for 4 months and it was the best time of my life. The people here are so welcoming and friendly. The country has beautiful beaches, volcanos, canopies, etc. I highly recommend Costa Rica. However, I was not too thrilled with CIS from the start. I felt like I was given very little information and no help. I didn’t know who I was going to be living with until two days before I moved in. I didn’t get a city tour until the second month I was here. I felt like I had to figure everything out on my own. I highly recommend studying abroad and I recommend Costa Rica, but I do not recommend using CIS (center for international studies.)
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica CIS, Veritas, and the homestay was awful. But the country and the people and the places are absolutely fantastic.
Reviewed by Alli Lavigne on .
CIS needs to shape up their act and get more organized. I understand that this is a fairly new program to Costa Rica and they have work to do, but I would recommend using a different program. Most people I talked to did not enjoy their host family experience, I would never choose to live with a host family again.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica the time of my life
Reviewed by Stephanie Milkey on .
Studying abroad in Costa Rica was the best experience of my life. It's beautiful and the people are so welcoming. However, CIS is not the best program. I felt like we did not get the excursions we were promised online and the program staff was unhelpful. We were given very little information about everything from the start.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica There's room for improvement.
Reviewed by Jasyne Harvey on .
Travel if and when you can!! Studying abroad is great way to do this!
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Was great to learn spanish and travel but didn't learn much outside of that.
Reviewed by Nicholas Mills on .
If you want to learn spanish this is a great place to learn. The spanish is very clear here compared to other countries like Puerto Rico. If you are coming to learn about biology or be academically challenged like I was I would stronger suggest to find a different program. I wish I tried harder to meet locals as well.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica CR-Veritas
Reviewed by Laura Quintero on .
My homestay was great. However I did hear from several students that their homestay family did not really integrate them into the family. The school (Veritas) is not great in intergrating locals w/ students. The spanish classes are ok but the vibe and culture is too Americanized
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica CISabroad
Reviewed by Koryn Tsang on .
I was not impressed with CIS, I feel like more could have done with what I put into the program financially and there should have been more get togethers to discuss our travels throughout the semester... we didnt even have an official fairwell meal at the end. Like I said before, I was slightly underwhelmed.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica The independent experiences were incredible but the program and academic side of things was something I would never recommend.
Reviewed by Emily Rosenblatt on .
I had a lot of fun in my study abroad experience but very little of it had to do with the actual program or school. My advisor was very helpful and kind throughout the entire experience but the academic part was a waste of time and money and the home stay made it a lot worse. The families need to be seriously reviewed and selected better. Had the school and living situation been better I would have enjoyed my semester a lot more
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica CIS IN COSTA RICA
Reviewed by Michael Morgan on .
Overall my experience in Costa Rica was a lot of fun and a great experience.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica A life changing experience
Reviewed by Kelsey Martin on .
My experience here in Costa Rica at Veritas was truly once in a lifetime! I will never forget the friends I've made, things I've learned or memories I have made here. The professors were caring, knowledgable, and good at their jobs! I have learned more in three months here than I have in eight years of studying Spanish before coming to Veritas. If I had the chance I would do it again... and again... and again!!
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Adventure.
Reviewed by Hannah Brubach on .
Studying abroad is an adventure. CIS Costa Rica is an amazing program, with great mentors to guide you through your experience. I could not have asked for a better program! The director is there whenever you need her and the host families you live with become your family for life. There are so many places to visit while you are here and everywhere is very accessible from San Jose, where Universidad Veritas is located. I have only stayed in San Jose one weekend and truly feel like I have seen most of the country, though I wish I had time to travel a little more.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica I never want to leave
Reviewed by Marie Rose on .
As much as I miss my family and friends, this was the most incredible experiences of my life. My host family was incredible and I made so many local friends as well as friends from all over the world. I will cherish these memories forever. Going home is going to be the hardest thing I have ever done and I plan on coming back to Central America the moment I graduate.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica The best three months of my life
Reviewed by Johanna Oxholm on .
I went into my study abroad experience with little expectations. I was very happy with my experience in Costa Rica. I love the food, climate and the friendly people. I would most definitely go back to Costa Rica to study abroad again.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Once in A Lifetime Experience
Reviewed by Amanda Haile on .
Overall I loved my experience in Costa Rica. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience. I met so many amazing people and rarely ever encountered any prejudice. My biggest complaint is there wasn't always hot water to shower in, but depending on the house a change in shower time can resolve this issue. I always had someone to talk to in Spanish from the neighborhood or school and someone to help me out with the cultural differences.
Costa Rica is not the cheapest country and honestly is quite comparable with many bigger cities in the United States, but not NY bad, and there are american fast food restaurants for when you need a taste of home. The people are friendly and great and Costa Rica is a great place to enjoy warm weather, cool attractions, and Spanish.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Pura Vida
Reviewed by Jasany Jenkins on .
Going abroad was one of the best choices I made. I encourage other's to do a lot of backpacking. I wasn't a big fan of the city, but the country has a lot to offer. Also, try to go to other countries. Bocas del Toro was is beyond beautiful.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Amazing
Reviewed by Kristen Faulkner on .
I absolutely loved every minute of my trip, from the original discomfort of a completely new environment, to the overwhelming feeling of fitting in somewhere so foreign. I will forever cherish the times I have had and the friends I have made.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica Focus, form, and and have fun!
Reviewed by Jasyne Harvey on .
I do not have any regrets with my decision to study abroad in Costa Rica, yet alone with Cis Abroad. I was exposed to many opportunities for which I am grateful for.
CISabroad - Semester in Costa Rica I thought i was going to paradise, but not quite.
Reviewed by yenny hernandez on .
I thought Latin America was happy and friendly, just like the Caribbean, well I was wrong. The "pura vida" concept doest really reflect the way Costarican act with people from other countries.Many are not friendly and are not open to learn from other cultures. In many occasions I didn't feel welcome or even part of the university. I'm not saying i had the worst time but it could have been better.