Why Study in Costa Rica?

General Information

Costa Rica is one of the world’s ecological hot-spots! Costa Rica has 4% of the planet’s biodiversity and about 23% of the territory is protected forest and reserves. It was the first country in the world to abolish its army, focusing its resources on the development of education and health.

It is located in Central America, surrounded by Nicaragua on the North, Panama on the south, with the Pacific Ocean west and the Caribbean Sea east.

Costa Rica is a place full of adventures, rainforests, national parks, biological reserves, rafting rivers, colorful sandy beaches, open-air markets, shops, a wide variety of restaurants, coffee houses, art and music festivals, and museums.

Costa Rica’s General Facts

Capital: San José.

Government Type: Democratic Republic.

The official language is Spanish although English is widely spoken.

The climate is warm and tropical with an average temperature of 77° Fahrenheit (25° Celsius). August is the warmest month and January is the coolest. During the summer, temperatures range from 89°F (31°C) to 95°F (35°C) and in winter, from 75°F (23°C) to 90°F (32°C). The dry season is from December to April and the rainy season is from May to November.

The time is the same as the U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

 Costa Rica’s total population is approximately 4 million, of which 1.5 million live in the city of San José.

The national currency is the Costa Rican “Colón”, which fluctuates in value according to the market. Current exchange rates are published on internet and newspapers. Favorable terms of exchange can be obtained in commercial banks.

Getting Around:

There are several options of transportation available in the country. Private taxis are available 24 hours a day San José. Public bus transportation is an inexpensive way to travel in the city and between San José and other parts of the country. 
Many Car Rental companies are found in airports and throughout the country. Driving is on the right hand side and the speed limit is, usually, 37 mph (60 kph) in the cities and 50 mph (80 kph) on the highways, unless otherwise indicated. Domestic Flights are available between the principal tourist areas in the country.

Religion: Costa Rica is 76.3% Roman Catholic, although there are many other religions represented such as Baptist, Evangelical, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Judaism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestant among others.

When in Costa Rica you have access to local and international calls, services such as internet, voice mail, fax, tele/video conferencing, electronic mail, among others, are available.


Many radio stations broadcast 24 hours a day with news, educational programs and/or music, of which some can be listened to on the internet.

There are nine national TV stations and through cable services you can get a full range of U.S. channels.