5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Studying abroad in Costa Rica offers something for all students.
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Studying abroad in Costa Rica offers something for all students.

University of Arkansas students are invited to discover why Costa Rica has been called the "Switzerland of Central America." This relatively small country offers something for all students, whether it is the bustling metropolis of San José, lush rainforests, active volcanoes or the sunny beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Program options are available for students from all majors. Additional funding is available for study abroad, and most semester scholarships and financial aid may be used toward study abroad.

The reasons to study abroad in Costa Rica are many, but here are five student favorites:

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1. Wildly Diverse

More than 500,000 species call this ecologically and biodiverse region home.

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2. A Whale of a Time

The beach at Bahia Ballena is shaped like a whale's tale and is known for its whale watching.

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3. Populous Pollinators

Approximately 10 percent of the world's butterflies live in Costa Rica.

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4. Peace Out

Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948 and is one of the most politically peaceful countries in Central America.

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5. Pura Vida

Lake Michigan is larger than Costa Rica. The country's small size makes it ideal for quickly getting to know the people and the places.

Learn More

Students interested in learning more about study abroad should:

  • Attend drop-in advising at The Office of Study Abroad, from 3-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss how study abroad fits into their academic plan
  • Have a valid passport. Passport Services in the Arkansas Union can help

For more information visit the study abroad and international exchange website or contact the study abroad staff at studyabr@uark.edu or 479-575-7582.

Contacts

Veronica Mobley, assistant director
Study Abroad and International Exchange
479-575-7582, studyabr@uark.edu

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