Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a detailed and extensive pre-departure orientation handbook which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Costa Rica. This handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Online Orientation in the Student Portal. This handbook allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Costa Rica. The handbook 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 before traveling with them to their housing. 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.