AIFS Gap Year Abroad: San Jose, Costa Rica (J-Term)

San Jose

Take a gap year on your terms — with AIFS.

We provide all-inclusive, flexible program options to customize your gap year adventure around the world. Mix and match destinations and academic terms for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to earn college credits, immerse yourself in a different culture, acquire global skills and expand your life experience.

AIFS Gap Year Programs are available to high school graduates 18 and over. 

Earn 3 credits this January term studying in beautiful San José, Costa Rica. Choose from a history course, Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine, and a social science offering, Conflict Resolution and Health Care; both taught in English at Veritas University and particularly suited to students interested in medicine, public health care systems and mediation. You'll live with a Costa Rican family in a homestay accommodation with internet access and meal allowance included. Cultural activities and excursions beyond the classroom are included to enrich your study abroad experience. This is an opportunity to learn about the highly rated Costa Rican health care system and explore the unique population and natural diversity of this bicoastal nation stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea.

Earn 3 credits over a 2 week January term studying at Veritas University in San José, Costa Rica. The welcome reception will prepare you to immerse yourself in Costa Rican life as you live with a local family in a homestay located within walking distance of campus. You'll explore Costa Rican food and produce on a visit to indoor markets, enjoy walking tours and a fantastic tour of the National Theater. An optional excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park for three days is a chance to take in the beaches of the Central Pacific coast, enjoy live music and dancing and get a chance to see flora and fauna in the park such as monkeys, sloths, exotic plants and flowers.

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