CEA - Costa Rica

Costa Rica
San José
CEA - Costa Rica
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
FallApril 15late Septembermid December
Spring (Winter)October 15early Januarylate April
Program Information
  • GPA
  • Varies
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Spanish
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

CEA is a University of Arizona affiliated third-party provider. This affiliation makes it possible for students to attend any CEA program without taking a leave of absence from UA. Within Costa Rica, you can choose from multiple different options in the beautiful capital of San José.

*** Please Note: Deadline dates differ based on city and program, please check CEA's website for specific date of your program.

Application Information

Students who intend to study abroad on a CEA program should meet with their UA Study Abroad Coordinator at least once before completing the application process.  CEA also has program advisors available to answer any CEA or program specific questions. Students applying to CEA programs must complete both the CEA program specific application on their webpage and the general UA Study Abroad application.


Registration & Transcripts

Choosing CEA means that you will stay active within the UA system during your study abroad program and can use UA financial aid (loans and grants) on the program. You will NOT need to take a leave of absence if studying on this program. 

To ensure credits will transfer to the UA, CEA students must request a School of Record transcript and have CEA send this transcript directly to UA Study Abroad at the end of their program.


CEA offers several different program and course options within San José, Costa Rica.Select your program of interest and view the courses tab for specific course information. 

Housing Information

Below are the different types of housing options offered in Costa Rica:

Homestay: Live with a local family and enjoy meals prepared by them several days a week. This is a great way to learn local customs and traditions while practicing your Spanish language abilities. Laundry is done by the family.

Casa Universitaria: Join other U.S. students and international students in a Spanish residence hall. Meal plan is included. This is a great way to meet other local students and people from across the globe.

Program Costs

To find the costs of the program, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the CEA website listing available programs, and on the left side of the page under "FILTERS" click on "Destinations" and check "Costa Rica - San José".
  2. With all the programs in Costa Rica listed, find a program that interests you and click on "See Details" of the selected program.
  3. In the upper left select the correct session you plan to enroll in under "Available Sessions".
  4. Next, find the "Budget & Calendar" tab in-between the "Courses" and "FAQ" tabs and click on it.
  5. Under the Sample Budget, you wills see a "low-cost" and "high-cost" column listing your program's estimated "TOTAL EXPENSES".
  6. Last, add the "Study Abroad Fee", which is $600 for a summer program and $1,500 for a semester program.
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