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


APPLY NOW: Spring Semester and Spring Quarter 2017

Spring Quarter: January 15 
Fall Semester: TBA 2017
Summer: TBA 2017
Spring Semester: November 18


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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.


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





Check out some blogs from a few of our ICDS students as they share their with ICDS in Costa Rica: 
“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