Heredia is a refreshingly pleasant and relaxed Costa Rican city. Filled with lovely parks, lively plazas, and an intriguing history, the once-capital is a great location if you are looking for an authentic Costa Rica experience. This quaint university town borders San Jose, so a bustling day in the big city is just a bus ride away. With that said, Heredia boasts many events and activities within its well-preserved colonial buildings and streets, so there may not even be a reason to venture away!
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What Our Students are Saying
"This was the best experience of my life! My directors, host family, and the other program students made this an experience I will never forget! Pura Vida!"
Andrea T.University of Central Missouri
"The experience helped me to develop a priceless worldview, to meet friends from all different places as well as lifestyles, and to learn in a way that a normal university classroom simply cannot fulfill."
Audra B.The Ohio State University
"My experience in Costa Rica was amazing, I really feel like I belong here after meeting local students, spending time with my host family and helping in an elementary school. I definitely want to come back soon!"
Bayza S.Illinois State University
"This was truly the best time of my life. I gained so much in Spanish and in personal growth. It was incredible. I would not trade one second of my time abroad."
Jazmyn S.Capital University
"Studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica was one of the best decisions that I have ever made! Being completely immersed in a Spanish-speaking country and living with a host family improved my language communication skills dramatically. Costa Rica is a beautiful country, and exploring its natural wonders along with its rich culture is something that I will never forget. "
Julianna P.Western Carolina University
"The ISA staff was so helpful every step of the way. In Costa Rica, the directors were knowledgeable and obviously very experienced. All the elements that they organized (homestay, excursions, cultural activities, etc) were wonderful!"
Kayla S.University of Nebraska