Costa Rica : Winter 2018

Costa Rica is one of the most unique destinations in Central America. This majestic country extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea where visitors can experience overwhelming diversity. Ecological communities and geological features - such as rainforests, cloud forests, tropical dry forests, volcanoes, hot springs, incredible rivers and waterfalls, and beautiful beaches and islands - all provide habitat for 5% of the world's flora and fauna species. With more than 25% of Costa Rica protected as national parks and reserves, places like the Monte Verde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano and Tortuguero National Park will make for a breathtaking experience.

Final Costa Rica meeting on Thursday, October 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the library "Fishbowl" (second floor, LI 204)

Click here to check out a fun Costa Rica student video from our 2016 program!

New! Gilman scholarship guidance video! Deadline: Oct. 3

Program Dates
Arrive San Jose: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Depart San Jose: Saturday, February 10, 2018

hoto of Costa Rica taken from the AIFS Brochure

Click on the interest form button below to begin the application process.

Click here for the interest form 

Click on the brochure and itinerary button below for information about the program, courses, faculty, costs, and more.

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Program Costs / What is Included?
The fee per person is $2945*. This fee is calculated based on an enrollment of 20 or more students. The fee will increase if fewer students participate (for 15 to 19 students the fee will be $3125).

Click the timeline and fee schedule button for detailed information about the application, dates, fee schedule, program components, and contact information.

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Why Choose This Program?
This program allows you to study in Costa Rica while enrolled in Citrus College courses; the courses are UC and/or CSU transferable.
Study abroad is a transformative, life-altering experience that will broaden students understanding of themselves and the world. There are numerous tangible benefits to study abroad alumni including: increased self-confidence, improved GPA, lower unemployment rates, and higher starting salaries. Check out UC Merced's What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students page for more information.

Application and Walk-through Video
Watch this seven-minute video about how to complete the application.

Financial Aid and Citrus Registration Walk-through Video
Financial aid is available for eligible students.
Download the step-by-step guide to registrer on WingSpan.
Watch this five-minute video about how to complete apply for financial aid and register at Citrus College.

Program Deadlines
October 13, 2017: Enrollment deposit deadline
November 17, 2017: Balance of fees deadline
December 2, 2017: Mandatory pre-departure meeting at 10 a.m. in CI 159

More Information or Questions?
John Morris
Study Abroad Specialist, Citrus College
Phone (626) 914-8560

AIFS Refund Policy
On or before Friday, October 20, 2017: All fees paid less a $150 processing fee and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student's behalf.
After Friday, October 20, 2017, but on or before Friday, November 17, 2017: All fees paid less the $450 deposit and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student's behalf.
After Friday, November 17, 2017: No refund, and the total program fee is due.
Once the program has begun: No refund, unless AIFS suspends the program.