Many students choose to stay with a Costa Rican host family, linking the academic component of the program with cultural immersion. Host families are pre-screened by Universidad Nacional prior to being approved for participation in the program. They provide a private room, meals and laundry, and meet students at the airport upon arrival. The cost is approximately $450 for the program’s duration.
Students also may choose to live in self-arranged housing. One popular option with many students since 2006 is APART-HOTEL Roma, located within easy distance of the University. The hotel offers regular rooms, as well as small houses or “villas” that can accommodate up to four persons with two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, living room, and a large yard. Rates run as low as $24 a day. For more details and reservations, please see http://www.apart-hotelroma.com.
The program can offer additional suggestions regarding hotels and apartments. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student in every case to exercise due diligence to ensure the quality, location and price of alternative accommodations.
Enrolled students should expect to spend approximately the following for the program:
|Tuition (5 credit hours)||......................||$4,900|
|Housing with host family||......................||$450|
|Housing in hotel (approx.)||......................||$550 - $650|
|Airfare (approx.)||......................||$600 - $650|
|Meals and incidentals (approx.)||......................||$400 - $600|
|Total Cost||......................||$6,400 - $6,850|
The above costs do not include the cost of additional excursions students may wish to take.
Financial Aid: Students may be eligible for financial aid through the appropriate office at their home school. Please, see information on financial aid elsewhere on this website.
For the sake of institutional and intellectual diversity, DePaul College of Law likes to facilitate participation in the program by non-DePaul students. To this end, non-DePaul students who, because of their academic and work commitments or other unusual circumstances cannot attend the program in its entirety, have the opportunity to participate partially by taking some, instead of all, of the program’s courses for credit. In such situations, tuition will be pro-rated accordingly. For more details, please contact the program director, Prof. Alberto R. Coll at email@example.com
Travel to Costa Rica
Airfare: Students must arrange and purchase air transportation between the U.S. and Costa Rica. DePaul staff will forward information about agencies that specialize in student travel to interested participants.
Visas:There is no visa requirement for U.S. citizens staying in Costa Rica less than 90 days. Only a valid U.S. passport is needed to enter Costa Rica.
Insurance and Liability: DePaul University provides health insurance for all program participants. De Paul University is not responsible for personal injury or illness or for the loss or damage of property that may occur during the program. Program participants should visit their physician before departure to ensure appropriate immunizations.
Persons With Disabilities: Classrooms used at Universidad Nacional are wheelchair-accessible. Costa Rica’s disability access laws differ from those of the United States. Disabled persons applying to the program should contact the program coordinator to discuss accessibility and related issues.
Travel Advisories: Applicants will be notified of any relevant U.S. State Department travel advisories.