Study Abroad AND Go Green with ISA Costa Rica

By Bethany Cook, ISA Student Services Advisor

Happy Earth Day, fellow Earthlings! Think you can’t study abroad without leaving a giant carbon footprint? Well think again, because ISA offers programs in one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world – Costa Rica! So, in honor of Earth Day, let’s shine a spotlight on one of ISA’s greenest program options.

Did you know Costa Rica has committed to becoming Carbon neutral by 2021? Now, that’s a bold statement, but so far the country has put its money where its mouth is. Below are some ways that Costa Rica is cementing its status as a world leader in sustainability.

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#ThrowbackThursday: 5 Ways to (re)Discover the Beauty of San Jose, Costa Rica

Market in San Jose, Costa Rica
Photo by ISA Student Nicole Divila

As colder temperatures settle into much of the northern hemisphere, we’ve been dreaming of escaping to the warmer, milder climes of the world and Costa Rica seems like just the place.

In this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, we take you back to a great post from September, 2011 that will help illuminate the beauty of the Costa Rican capitol city of San Jose.

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9 Myths about Studying Abroad in Latin America, Debunked!

Myth 1: Studying abroad is too expensive Fact: Many students believe that studying abroad will cost them an arm and a leg, but with research and motivation, you will find a program that doesn’t break the bank. Latin America is a low cost destination to study if you are on a tight budget and according to the Travel’s South & Central American Backpacker Index for 2014, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Costa Rica are ranked the top five cheapest countries in Latin America. Students can use Financial Aid and outside scholarships to help pay for their study abroad experience with … Continue reading 9 Myths about Studying Abroad in Latin America, Debunked!

Application Due Dates Extended for Select Fall Programs in Costa Rica

ISA is pleased to announce that application due dates have been extended to July 10th, 2014 for the following programs in Costa Rica: Heredia, Costa Rica Fall 1 – Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals Heredia, Costa Rica Fall 2 – Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals (Fall 1 + ELAP internship) Heredia, Costa Rica Academic Year 1 – Business, Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 2A – Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies San Jose, Costa Rica Fall 2B – Spanish Language, … Continue reading Application Due Dates Extended for Select Fall Programs in Costa Rica

15 Amazing ISA CP Resident Staff: Part 2

ISA’s Custom Programs division is celebrating its 15th year in service to U.S. universities for their faculty-led and partnerships study abroad programming. Join us for this series of 15 things as you imagine, develop, and implement your own custom programs abroad. 6. ISA Brussels – Pauline LeFloch & Matilda Talvio ISA Brussels Resident Director & Student Service Coordinator,                     Pauline LeFloch & Matilda Talvio What is your favorite cultural site or activity you most enjoy sharing with students? We love the excursion to The Netherlands. As it’s a bus trip and we visit lots of places, it gives us a chance … Continue reading 15 Amazing ISA CP Resident Staff: Part 2

15 Ways to Tailor Your Custom Program

ISA’s Custom Programs division is celebrating its 15th year in service to U.S. universities for their faculty-led and partnerships study abroad programming. Join us for this series of 15 things as you imagine, develop, and implement your own custom programs abroad. 1. Focus your cultural activities and local tours on your curriculum. For your architecture studio in Paris, visit the Château de Chenonceau with an experienced guide who can speak to its innovation through the Renaissance through the Age of Enlightenment. 2. Contract a local instructor to teach a custom course. You can provide the course syllabus, or we can … Continue reading 15 Ways to Tailor Your Custom Program

ISA-ELAP Announces New Service-Learning and Internship Programs Beginning 2014

ISA’s service-learning and internship division, ELAP, is excited to announce the launch of several new locations beginning spring 2014. The following locations will offer a variety of program options and placement types: Amman, Jordan: Refugee Camp Community Center, Internet Radio Station, International Development Foundation Florence, Italy: Café and Wine Bar, FiveStar Hotel, Art Gallery, International Development NGO Santo Domigo, Dominican Republic: Orphanage and Learning Center, International Humanitarian and Development Organization, School for the Blind, At-Risk Youth Development Organization. Valencia, Spain: Centers for Senior Citizens, Associations for Disabilities, Transitional Shelter for Women and Children, Animal Protection Agency, Children’s Health Foundation, International … Continue reading ISA-ELAP Announces New Service-Learning and Internship Programs Beginning 2014

Top 10 Ways to Live “la Pura Vida” while Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

Justin Maniar is a Senior Site Specialist for Latin America. Justin works with students studying abroad in Costa Rica. Costa Ricans or Ticos as they’re colloquially known, have been described as some of the happiest people on the planet.  Friendly and environmentally conscious, Ticos know how to enjoy life in the beautiful country they call home. In Costa Rica, this attitude is summed up in one phrase,  “pura vida,” literally translated as “pure life.” Here are ten ways you can experience “la pura vida” during your semester studying (or interning!) in Costa Rica: 1) Ziplining– Soar through the dense rainforest … Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Live “la Pura Vida” while Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

Learning Programs International (LPI) Announces Merger with Student Voyage and Formation of ISA High School

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ISA Application Deadline Extended for Select Latin America Programs

ISA is pleased to announce that application deadlines have been extended to July 10th for the following programs: Latin America Heredia, Fall 1 – Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals Heredia, Academic Year 1 – Spanish Language, Latin American Studies & Courses with Locals San Jose, Fall 1 – Business, Spanish Language & Latin American Studies San Jose, Academic Year 1 – Business, Spanish Language & Latin American Studies San Jose, Fall 2A – Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies San Jose, Fall 2B – Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies San Jose, Fall 3 … Continue reading ISA Application Deadline Extended for Select Latin America Programs

In Her Own Words: A Student Tells Her Heredia Study Abroad Story

Laura Stein of UNC, Wilmington explains why she chose Heredia and why she loved studying in Costa Rica’s City of Flowers. “After deciding that I wanted to study in Costa Rica, I realized I had even more options about which city I could live and study in. I initially chose Heredia because I wanted to live in a slightly smaller city that had a more home-y, small community-type feel. As soon as I arrived for my semester abroad, I knew I had made the right choice. I enjoyed visiting San Jose and exploring the capital city, but I loved living … Continue reading In Her Own Words: A Student Tells Her Heredia Study Abroad Story

New Internship Program to be Offered in San José, Costa Rica

ISA is pleased to announce a new internship program, as well as several new courses, in Costa Rica. Beginning Fall 2013, Veritas University in San Jose will offer the following courses (in English): Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Creative Conflict Resolution Tropical Botany Conflict Resolution and Health Care Academic internships are offered in the fields of Business, Education, Marketing, Political Science and Social Work. Here are some of the placements available: Architecture Firm Hotel Law Firm Travel Agency Public Schools Film Production Office Graphic Design Office Foreign Affairs Office International Relations Organization st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table … Continue reading New Internship Program to be Offered in San José, Costa Rica