San Jose Central Valley

Learn about Sustainability and Human Rights in San José Costa Rica with ICDS

Arenal volcano

Study Spanish and Sustainability in Costa Rica with ICDS

Costa Rican sloth

Experience nature and academics in Costa Rica through ICDS’ Study Abroad programs

National Theater-San Jose

Cultural immersion and Spanish with ICDS in Costa Rica

Study Abroad in Costa Rica with ICDS

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning


Check out our Experiential Learning Magazine! ICDS’ experiential learning options in the form of practical complementary activities offer a unique opportunity to put classroom learning into practice, strengthen Spanish skills, and acquire further cultural knowledge.




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



    Spring Quarter: TBA 2018
    Spring Semester 2018 : November 18

    Ask about ICDS Scholarships!



Welcome to ICDS

Study Abroad and take advantage of Development Studies in Latin America: An Interdisciplinary Program, ICDS’ semester which allows you to build your own program!


Study abroad in Costa Rica and live an exciting and rewarding experience.
Coming here will be invaluable to your professional and academic future, especially because you will have chosen to study abroad 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 of studying abroad!  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





Check out some blogs from a few of our ICDS students as they share their with ICDS in Costa Rica: 
“6 Costa Rican Foods Every Study Abroad Student Misses When They Leave”
by Silvia Cohn
“Mis aventuras en Costa Rica!”
by Jenna Hosier 
“Wandering & Wondering: Aventuras en Costa Rica!” 
by MayLin Heuchling
“Recetas para la buena vida” 
by Katie Flynn
Kaelee´s adventures in Costa Rica 
by Kaeylee Sheperd