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 of ULACIT to insure 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 speaking and practicing Spanish as a way to effectively communicate and share with others is a significant aspect of any studying/living-abroad experience. 

Our homestay program includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off 
  • Shared or private room
  • Two meals per day during weekdays and three on weekends
  • Access key to the house 
  • Use of the kitchen and laundry room
  • Internet connection
  • Private or shared bathroom
  • Linens throughout your stay

Accommodation with local families helps students improve their Spanish language proficiency and familiarize with the life, traditions and culture of Costa Ricans.  The University takes into account the interests and special needs of each visiting student; therefore, students will be matched with families based on their responses to the Housing Request Form. Please note that not every request can be met and will depend upon availability during your term of study.

Participating students will receive all the necessary information on 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.   

Other Housing Options 

While the university strongly encourages students to participate in the local home-stay program, due to the unique cultural experiences that can be gained, we are happy to assist you in finding your preferred housing options.  

Other housing options may include:

  • Furnished apartments
  • Hostals
  • Hotels

Specific information on these other accomodation services are given upon request, please contact the Global Education office: 


M. Ed. Verónica Castro
Academic Director of International Programs
(506) 2523-4041


M.B.A. Gabriela Tijerino
Director of External Affairs
(506) 2523-4018