Orientation Information

Pre-Departure Orientation

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.

Bridging Cultures Program

ISA designed the Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) to help ease our students' transition into their study abroad experience by introducing them to their new host country's culture, language and lifestyle.

The BCP blends discussion and interactive activities into an informative and fun introduction to the student's new host country. Each program is designed to: