MLSA: Universidad de Costa Rica
There are two summer programs that run for 4 weeks each. Participants can choose to combine both programs for an 8 week experience if they so choose.
Students can receive up to 6 undergraduate or graduate credits during each individual 4 week session. Coursework ranges from Beginning Spanish language to Advanced with additional course offers in Latin American studies. For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, please visit the MLSA website
Accommodation and Food
All participants in this program will be placed in a homestay. Participants may be with another student, but each participant is guaranteed their own room in the homestay. Students will fill out a housing survey to list needs and preferences. Participants will be guaranteed 2 meals per day and laundry service is also provided.
For students who arrive on the scheduled arrival date and time window, airport pickup is also provided. To learn about the exciting and authentic homestay experience, please visit the MLSA Housing website
Every student going abroad through UCCS is required to obtain or show proof of a comprehensive international health insurance plan that includes emergency evacuation and repatriation. UCCS recommends a minimum coverage amount of $200,000.00. Please visit our insurance page
for more information and to see the UCCS recommended international health insurance provider. Rates will vary depending on the student and the duration of stay. Students will be REQUIRED to purchase insurance for the duration of the program and submit proof of it via their study abroad portal.
Immigration and Visas
Different rules and procedures apply depending on an individual's citizenship. ALL participants will need a valid passport to do this program. Individuals holding a U.S. passport can do this program without obtaining a visa. Those who do not hold a U.S. passport will need to check with the Costa Rican Consulate or Embassy in the country that they hold citizenship for entry requirements.
If students need to obtain a passport, visit our Passport and Visa page for more information: https://www.uccs.edu/educationabroad/students-going-abroad/passport-and-visas.html?
Costs and Dates
Check the MLSA website for the most up to date information regarding courses and dates here: MLSA courses and dates
Included in the program cost is tuition and fees, airport pick-up for students who arrive on designated date, housing and laundry services, 2 meals/day, some excursions and internet on campus
NOT Included in this program are:
- Return Transportation to Airport
- Application or Registration Fee
- Optional Trips
- Exit Tax
Some cultural activities and outings are included in the program price with additional excursions available for a small fee. Please check the MLSA website
for the most updated list of excursions.
About San Jose and Universidad de Costa Rica
Although the capital, San Jose, is a large, densely populated city it possesses a certain charm as a result of being the central hub of the nation. Chepe, as the city is referred to by locals, is a cosmopolitan city that can be categorized as a hybrid of a modern North American metropolis and a standard Central American capital. The city, like the rest of the Central Valley, is always at a pleasant temperature year round. In addition, it is just a short distance from beaches, volcanoes, rain forests and national parks.
The people of Costa Rica are called "Ticos" and are often counted among the most friendly people in the world. Ticos are considered to be gentled, spirited, educated, friendly, polite, and kind people. There are of course exceptions, but students should expect to be made welcome everywhere they go.
The Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) was founded in 1814 as the University of Santo Tomás. On the legacy of the University of Santo Tomás, the University of Costa Rica was created August 26, 1940, and opened its doors in March of 1941.
Today the UCR is one of the most important and prestigious universities in Central America with an enrollment of over 30,000 students, 4185 faculty members and, 2,738 administrative staff.
The main campus, which is located in a section of San Jose called San Pedro, is where MLSA students at the UCR will study. It is surrounded by governmental organizations, commercial banks, hotels, movie theaters, malls, primary, secondary and higher education schools, a large residential area and housing for diplomatic representatives and international organizations.