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Global Education Services at ULACIT

ULACIT has been providing culturally immersive, quality academic experiences to students from around the world in Costa Rica; we attract international students from 26 different countries and maintain cooperation agreements and student exchange agreements with over 60 universities worldwide.

The Latin American University of Science and Technology –ULACIT– is an innovative, enterprising and bilingual university leading higher education in the Central American region since 1987. ULACIT is ranked as the best private university in Costa Rica and the Central American region by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) International University Rankings 2022, we have been ranked as the best private university in the country for eleven consecutive years.

Our Global Education Services include a credit transfer international student exchange program with over 60 courses taught completly in the English language, a Spanish Language Immersion Program, Faculty Led and Customized Study Abroad Programs, Gap-year Program, Professional Practice and Internship Programs and a Host Family Program.

Join the Study Abroad Academic Programs in Costa Rica´s best rated private university. ULACIT´s high quality academic programs will help you acquire a unique analytical perspective on global development and improve intercultural competences.

Study in Costa Rica to cover more credits within a year of studies on a 100% Project-based Education

We work annually with three quarterly academic periods (Spring, Summer and Fall), with a 15-week duration each. By enrolling at ULACIT for your study abroad experience you can cover more credits within a year.

Students can choose between three and five subjects per academic period, each course consisting of forty-five contact hours, representing 3US credits or 6 ECTS credits per course.
At the end of the program, students will receive an accredited transcript of grades.
All our teaching strategies are project-based, with no traditional exams. Learning´s grounded on inquiry, research, case studies, problem-solving and service-learning experiences, under the Teaching for Understanding (TfU) framework, developed by Harvard University’s Project Zero.
Choose from our Study in Costa Rica Academic Programs:

  • Credit Transfer Study Abroad Program: undergraduate course enrollment for Spring, Summer or Fall Academic Periods for international exchange students and free mover international students.
  • Spanish Language Immersion Program offered throughout the year during every academic period.
  • Customized Short term study abroad academic programs in Sustainable Development Studies or International Business and Management: Covering 10 to 20 contact hours, plus site visits and tours.
  • Faculty Led and Customized Study Abroad Programs.
  • Customized academic programs for researchers and student groups at La Marta Wildlife Refuge.
  • Gap-year Intercultural Program, to study and travel in Costa Rica.
  • Professional Practice and Internship Programs.

Download the brochure for our Study in Costa Rica program description and course listing here.

Regular Degree Courses in English: Spring, Summer & Fall Academic Periods

Study though out the year with us on our regular undergraduate and graduate programs. Enroll in any of our academic periods; Spring semester starting early January, Summer Semester starting early May and Fall Semester starting early September.

Students can join our local student community and take up to 5 academic courses (3US credits or 6 ECTS credits each) per academic period as well as Spanish Immersion Courses for all levels.

All courses form the International Relations, Business Management and Liberal Arts and Humanities academic programs are taught 100% in the English language.

Spanish Language Immersion Program

Enroll in our Spanish Immersion Program consisting of 45 contact hour course covering the complete academic quarterly period.

By taking Spanish classes every day and immersing yourself in the Costa Rican lifestyle by living with a local host family, you will find that ULACIT is the perfect place to practice and improve your language skills.

With our Spanish language courses, you will receive:
  • An intensive, yet fully balanced language and cultural experience
  • Interactive classes with other students from around the world!
  • Tandem language exchange sessions with Costa Rican students
  • Experienced local instructors specialized in Spanish as a Second Language
  • Cultural immersion activities on campus
  • Fully-equipped classrooms and computer labs
  • Didactic materials to support your learning experience
  • Continuous academic assistance and counseling

The Spanish Immersion Program covers different levels of language proficiency. Develop basic Spanish language proficiency in a short span of time through a culturally relevant learning immersion experience:

  • Introductory Spanish
  • Basic Spanish
  • Low-Beginning Spanish
  • High-Beginning Spanish
  • Low-Intermediate Spanish
  • High-Intermediate Spanish
  • Advanced Spanish

The content of each individual language course will also get you acquainted with three perspectives of Costa Rica’s national identity: Community and Culture, Biodiversity, History and Democracy.

Each language course covers 45 contact hours corresponding to 3 US credits or 8 ECTS, through 3 hourly lessons per week.

According to their proficiency level, students will be recommended enrollment in any of our entry level courses; individual one on one tutorials and individual advanced

Price Spanish Immersion Course: $650 (3 US credits or 6 ECTS, 45 hours)

Price Individual or Two-Person Spanish Immersion Tutorship (2 US credits or 4 ECTS, 30 hours):

  • Individual Tutorship: $990
  • Two Person Tutorship: $800 (*Applicable for student
    pairs who enroll tutorships together)
Host Family Homestay Program

ULACIT works with host families in San Jose, who have welcomed international students into their homes for years. Each home has been carefully selected by ULACIT program administrators to ensure comfort and safety for international students and includes meals and other homestay services.

Al Host Families are located at the most 20 minutes away from campus. Any student interested in staying longer than the 16-weeks the program includes just needs to specify it at the moment of the application (or no later than 1 month after arrival). Additional week: $190

Our homestay program with host families includes:

  •  A safe and welcoming home environment
  • Private room, sufficient privacy
  • All meals included (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Shared or private bathroom.
  • Use of the kitchen and laundry room and access to common areas.
  • Access keys to the house.
  • Linens once a week throughout your stay.
  • Laundry once a week

Price per month (4-week stay): $760 ($190 per week)

Price for academic period (16-week stay): $3.040

Our Homestay Program assures you access to homely comforts and a safe environment in San José, each home has been carefully chosen to guarantee a welcoming and safe stay.

If you want more information let us know. We will provide you with information on the families and their homes.

To obtain a homestay application form or to inquire about housing at ULACIT, please contact: studyabroad@ulacit.ac.cr


Any questions? Please contact the Global Education Office at: