Studying abroad in Costa Rica is an unforgettable anthropological journey into Central America. While Costa Rica is a relatively small country–half the size of the state of Kentucky–it is a nature lover's paradise of vivid color, varied ecosystems, and incredible biodiversity. It features a permanent spring climate averaging 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Roughly 20 percent of Costa Rica's land is bejeweled by forest reserves, national reserves, parks, rain forests, white sand, secluded beaches on two oceans, and active volcanoes. Close to one thousand species of birds, hundreds of species of mammals, and over ten thousand species of plants can be found within the country's borders.

Those who study in Costa Rica can soak in the peace loving culture of its people, rain forests, and rich Spanish Creole heritage. The Costa Rican national slogan, "Teachers–not soldiers," is indicative of the peaceful nature of the Costa Rican people; they are among the friendliest and most social people in the world. Spanish is the country's official language, though English is a workable lingua franca in the capital city of San Jose, as well as the more touristy areas.

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