A total of 9233 American students chose Costa Rica as a destination to complete their higher education between 2015 and 2016. According to the Open Doors report for this year there is a continuous growth in educational exchanges between the United States and Costa Rica.
In addition, said report indicates that the country continues to be the first Latin American destination chosen by Americans who decide to study abroad, above Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
Anthony Barlow is a 24-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland, who arrived in the country six months ago with the objective of pursuing a postgraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.
When I was looking for options to study I found several positive references from Costa Rica. It is a nice country to live and study. It also has a lot of nature at a short distance, which makes it a complete destination,”
Around 1148 Costa Ricans pursue their professional studies in the United States, some of them thanks to the academic and financial support granted by different programs and scholarships, as the Embassy of the United States has a series of programs designed to encourage and facilitate international education.
Through a collaborative program between the diplomatic headquarters, Education USA and the Costa Rica-United States Foundation (Crusa), in the next five years about seven scholarships will be awarded annually for graduates of technical colleges, in order to carry out their higher education studies in American community colleges.
Similarly, the Embassy also works with the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), the National Council of Rectors (Conare), the National Council for Private University Higher Education (Conesup) and the National System of Accreditation of Higher Education (Sinaes) to support the project that seeks to certify Costa Rican private medical schools in the United States so that a greater number of students can carry out their studies in the country.
They also work with the International Offices of public universities to promote educational programs by the US government, such as Fulbright, Laspau, UGrad and the United States Studies Seminar (Study of the United States Seminar – SUSI).