Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a detailed and extensive online pre-departure orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Costa Rica. This orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Costa Rica. The orientation covers academics, daily life, culture, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details. In this way, we hope every student is as prepared as possible before departing on their study abroad adventure. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Costa Rica Site Specialist with any questions.
Participants will fly into San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) where ISA resident staff will greet students (not for intensive months) before traveling with them to Heredia. As part of their orientation, students will receive an introduction to Costa Rican (Tico) society and culture, and take a tour of the city. Resident staff will also introduce students to the academic portion of the program, including reviewing students' course selections and helping them through the registration process.