The IFSA Butler program in Costa Rica is located in a small, tranquil town in central Costa Rica. Students take courses at the Universidad Nacional while living in homestays, enjoying the green campus, engaging in volunteer work and campus activities as well as attending excursions with an environmentalist focus. The program is offered during the fall, spring, and academic year available to students with at least 4 semesters of Spanish.
This program is designed for students with an intermediate command of the Spanish language from most majors. Students enroll in a Spanish language class and regular university classes alongside of their Costa Rican peers at the Universidad Nacional (UNA). UNA offers a full range of courses and is strong in Latin American studies, sociology, economics, and environmental studies, and ecology.
While in Heredia, students live with host families. IFSA only places one student per host family to ensure the most integration and immersion into the family, language and culture. Students are encouraged to do volunteer work as well as participate in student groups on campus.
The program includes several excursions including a week-long orientation in either the Monteverde cloud forest in the spring semester or Liberia in the fall semester. Students may also be able to tour an organic coffee cooperative, go on a chocolate tour, experience the local cuisine of Isla Chira and more.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.