Students fly into San José where they are met by the resident directors and transported to Heredia to meet their homestays. During the on-site orientations, the ISA staff provides students with a brief introduction to Costa Rica’s history and culture, as well as an orientation covering life in Heredia and what to expect with regards to living with a homestay, taking classes at the Universidad Latina, and adjusting to life in Costa Rica. The ISA staff familiarizes the group with the on-site office, university campus and surrounding area. Students take a language placement exam administered by the Universidad Latina and begin classes.