Although there are many regions of Latin American that you could travel to, making the choice to study abroad in Costa Rica is probably the best choice. With a population of around 4.5 million, it is one of the most progressive cultures in Latin America and offers many incentives. Still not convinced? Take a look at our blog below for some of the best reasons to have your learning experience in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica was named the “happiest country on Earth” by the New Economics Foundation twice in recent years. Its residents pride themselves on their peaceful, relaxed lifestyle, and they are one of the few countries in the world that lacks a standing army. The average life expectancy is nearly 80 and some of its citizens are over 100 years old. All of this can likely be attributed to their positive attitude, as well as climate and diet. If you’re looking to study abroad somewhere with a great culture and high quality of life, Costa Rica is a great choice.
Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy rates in Latin America, resting at 97 percent. One reason for this high number stems from not having an army – when the Ministry of Culture abolished the military forces, they vowed to replace it with “an army of teachers” and funnel more revenue into the educational system. Education in Costa Rica is highly available and encouraged at all levels including primary and secondary education, as well as private and public universities. For students looking to study abroad, this environment is a great atmosphere and very conducive to learning.
Costa Rica’s universal healthcare system is one of the best in the region, and the World Health Organization ranks it higher than that of the United States. Both public and private health care in Costa Rica ensures the highest quality medicine and they are typically more affordable than North American medicine. Students can rest easy knowing that they will have access to quality care when in Costa Rica and their parents can remain free of worry knowing that they’re in good hands.
Costa Rica is an affordable place to study abroad – the cost of living (rent, food, transportation, clothes and entertainment) is low when compared to other study abroad destinations such as Europe. For those looking to invest in Spanish studies abroad, Costa Rica is a great choice.
Choosing to study abroad in Costa Rica through one of our programs is a decision that you will not regret. Not only will you get to learn the Spanish language, you will also get to live in a country with numerous benefits. Contact us for more information on our various programs and we’ll fill you in on the details.