Parents General Information

Supporting your daughter or son in this study abroad experience is extremely valuable for their education. Living and learning in another country can be a key factor for their professional life. However, it is not easy adapting to another culture and educational setting; studying abroad is a complex process that requires a high level of responsibility.

ICDS currently offers semester and summer program options. (Enlace a general programs) ICDS’ study abroad programs allow students to earn their school´s credits and grades, fulfill requirements, and retain their financial aid while studying abroad. In addition, for an extraordinary “hands-on” experience, ICDS offers students various international service-learning options. (enlace a experiential learning).

Parents can be assured that ICDS’ programs are recognized for their academic quality and the quality of our student services as well. All courses that students take are reviewed by academic departments at your daughter´s or son’s school before they can be taken for credit. Also, ICDS´ faculty members (enlace a faculty profiles en about us) are both academicians and leading practitioners in their fields. They participate in research and education simultaneously, and their first-hand experiences represent tremendous resources in the human rights, international business and sustainable human development fields. ICDS gives special significance to the Information provided from student evaluations in terms of improving future programs, ensuring a serious academic experience.

Home Stay families for international students

Home Stay Families


Our team includes six globally-engaged staff members who provide superior service to students before, during, and after the study abroad experience.

We at the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS), have addressed some of the common concerns and questions that parents have about the study abroad experience in Costa Rica. Please contact ICDS with any questions.





International Center for Development Studies
P.O. Box  1412-1000
San José
Costa Rica

Tel: (506) 2256-4625
Vonage: (617) 938-3725
Fax: (506) 2256-8925

Our normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (GMT-6).
For emergencies after office hours, students will be given an emergency contact upon arrival in the country.