San Jose Central Valley
Arenal volcano
Costa Rican sloth
National Theater-San Jose

Make a Difference

Make a Difference

ICDS’ experiential learning options in the form of practical complementary activities related to the courses’ subjects offer students a unique opportunity to put classroom learning into practice, strengthen their Spanish skills, and acquire further knowledge about the culture.

Our Programs

Our Programs

Fall Semester: Early Sept – Late Nov
Spring Semester: Late Jan – Mid April
Spring Quarter: Mid March – Early June
Summer term: Various options within May and July

Applications Deadlines

Applications Deadlines

Fall: April 15
Spring semester: October 15
Spring quarter: January 30
Summer: April 15


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Welcome to ICDS

Take advantage of Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program, our semester program which allows you to build your own program according to your interests and academic needs.

*Summer and Fall 2015 application period extended to April 15. APPLY NOW!*

Studying and living abroad in Costa Rica is an       exciting and rewarding experience. Coming here will be invaluable to your professional and academic future, especially because you will have chosen to study in a developing country. Costa Rica is in Central America, a region that faces major challenges for sustainable human development, democracy, and human rights.

Take advantage of the many academic and cultural opportunities that await you here in Costa Rica and at ICDS!  These opportunities serve as starting points for any number of future majors, jobs, careers, and life-long passions, as has been the case for many of our former students. We look forward to working with you and facilitate your international experience in Costa Rica. Our goal is to make your experience in Costa Rica as enjoyable and rewarding as possible


Development Studies and Cultural Immersion in Costa Rica with ICDS! from ICDS on Vimeo.





Check out ICDS alumna Kaelee Shepherd´s blog about her experience with ICDS in Costa Rica:

Kaelee´s adventures in Costa Rica

Take a peak at this neat picture presentation of San José by Verny Enrique in January of 2011:

San José de Encanto