Host Families

The Global Education Office (GEO) works with a number of host families in San Jose who, for years, have welcomed international students into their homes.  Each home has been carefully selected by program administrators to ensure comfort and safety for international students. Welcoming families speak Spanish, and while some families also possess a command of the English language, they are encouraged to help students enhance their foreign language skills in the home. Therefore, understanding the importance of always trying to speak and practice Spanish as a way to effectively communicate and share with others is a significant characteristic of any student coming to study and live in Costa Rica. 

Our homestay program includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off 
  • Shared or private room (upon request and availability)
  • Three meals a day
  • Access key to the house 
  • Use of the kitchen and laundry room
  • Internet connection
  • Private or shared bathroom (upon availability)
  • Linens throughout stay

Since accommodation with local families helps students improve their Spanish language proficiency and familiarize with the life, traditions and culture of Costa Ricans, ULACIT has established this program as the official housing option for all the students coming within an exchange agreement and for most tailored-made programs it runs.

Program administrators at ULACIT take into account the interests and special needs of each visiting student, so that they are matched with families based on their responses to the Housing Request Form (check the section apply online). Participating students will receive all the necessary information about their host family members, home address, telephone numbers, and family profile approximately two weeks before their arrival to Costa Rica to ensure time for student-host family coordination. Remember, you can always request further information through the Global Education Office.  

This homestay service is the one all international students coming within an Exchange Program from partner universities must sign up for and agree with if wishing to be applied the tuition-waived benefits and take a semester or two at ULACIT.  

Francis Prieto R.
Logistics and International Student Life Coordinator
(506) 2523-4000 ext 131 


Verónica Castro R., M. Ed.
Academic Director of the Global Education Office
(506) 2523-4041