For those who wish to go to Costa Rica to study, here are the conditions and formalities that must be respected. Follow your guide!

Nowadays, many young people do not hesitate to pack their bags to spend some time abroad as part of their higher education. Apparently, the course does not happen without respecting conditions and formalities. When applied to the letter, the journey becomes an unforgettable human and rewarding experience on the resume.

Studying legally

If you have been admitted to a university in Costa Rica, you must prepare to take the administrative steps that are essential for a successful expatriation from the beginning to the end.

To be able to study lawfully in Costa Rica, you must be able to present a passport valid at least six months after your departure from the country, but also a student visa, issued so that you can study in the country of the “Pura Vida.”


The application is initially made to the Costa Rican embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country. Please note that if the applicant is resident in a country other than the country where the applicant was born, the visa application must be made in his / her country of origin.
Also, note that students whose country is without a Costa Rican consulate or embassy can apply for a visa directly to Costa Rica by transferring the US $ 200 to account 242480-0 at the Banco de Costa Rica. This amount is a penalty, which will allow the applicant to return to Costa Rica with a tourist visa, which he will exchange for a student visa.

Student housing in Costa Rica

Several options are available to you as an international student in Costa Rica. You will be able to choose between dormitories, university campuses, roommates and host families.

Foreign students are given a chance to benefit from structures specially designed for their use in Costa Rica and named “Posada Universitaria,” leaving room for low-income local students places in the university residences proper.

If you want to play the independence card, you can also opt for the roommate. Costa Rica is no exception for this type of rental, do not hesitate to turn to the “Oficina de Relaciones Internacionales” of your establishment for contacts.

You can finally be accommodated in a host family. Apart from immediate immersion in Costa Rican life, this option is widespread enough for your university to be able to put you in touch with a family in this sense.