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Academic Programs in San José

Students may choose from the following Academic Program options:

Semester / Trimester

Semester programs in San José offer courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students may choose to take classes with Costa Rican students or classes with international students.

Trimester programs in San José offer courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced level. Classes are taken with international students.


San José summer programs offer courses at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes are taken with international students.

Intensive Month

San José Intensive Month programs offer courses at all levels - beginning to advanced. Classes are taken with international students.


ISA is committed to offering students opportunities to go beyond the classroom and participate in a service-learning or internship program while abroad.

ISA's Service-Learning and Internship division, ELAP, offers opportunities to work at local organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. ELAP-facilitated programs are available independently or may be combined with an ISA academic program. All ELAP programs encourage personal and professional growth, develop language proficiency, and facilitate meaningful community engagement. Students will develop an ELAP Portfolio throughout the program, documenting their projects, hours, and program activities. Select ELAP placements are eligible for academic credit. Participants can earn 1-6 credits based on the number of contact hours accrued at the host organization and successful completion of the ELAP Portfolio.

In addition to ELAP-facilitated programs, several of ISA's host institutions offer internships or service-learning opportunities in addition to coursework. Students who choose this option will be enrolled in an ISA program and elect to take an internship or service-learning course through the host university and, upon completion, receive a host university transcript for their coursework.

Back To Back

This option allows students to combine summer programs to take more courses and have a longer length of stay.