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Lipscomb in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has it all: tropical climate, diverse landscapes, friendly people, and adventure around every corner.

It is the top destination in Latin America for US students studying abroad, and it's easy to see why. Making up only 0.03% of the earth’s surface, Costa Rica hosts over 5% of the world’s biodiversity. You’ll be surprised by the sheer variety of landscapes that the country offers—from coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to cloud forests and volcanoes. 

Lipscomb’s study abroad program is based in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, which is home to about 70% of the local population. This bustling region of Costa Rica provides easy access to museums, modern cultural attractions, vibrant shopping centers and restaurants, as well as numerous national parks and reserves.

Lipscomb in Costa Rica

The program runs during the fall and spring semesters. The program fee includes round-trip flights, supplemental medical and travelers' insurance, academic field trips, and multiple group trips to other destinations within Costa Rica. Each group consists of approximately 15-20 students along with Lipscomb faculty and staff members. Students may take 12-18 credit hours from the courses listed below.

Student Testimonials 

Grayson Pullias

Grayson Pullias

For the spring semester of 2020, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Costa Rica study abroad with Lipscomb. We stayed in a city called Heredia, just 30 minutes away from the capital of San Jose and an hour and a half's drive to the nearest beach. For me, my favorite part about living in Heredia was that there seemed like an endless amount of places and events to discover. Every week there seemed to be some event going on in the park, there were museums, restaurants, malls, farmers' markets, and many more exciting escapades located just in our little city area where our school and our apartments were. I was able to form deep and meaningful relationships with the people that I stayed with and the site directors that kept tabs on us for our time there. I had important conversations with the people that I stayed with, the site directors, and the professors that gave me a new perspective on life, my faith and those around me. Studying abroad is an experience that everyone who has the opportunity to take advantage of should make use of.