A college education is cheap in Costa Rica

The prohibitive cost of a university education in the United States, make that many send their children to more affordable junior colleges to save money.

If you are thinking about retiring here and have children or grandchildren of college age, you might consider enrolling them in a Costa Rican private or public university.

The other night I was watching the CBS Evening News on satellite and there was a story about the prohibitive cost of a university education in the United States. Apparently fifty percent of the families in the U.S. are having to limit their choices of universities for their children due to a combination of the current financial crisis and the high cost of college tuition. Many are sending their children to more affordable junior colleges to save money during the first two years.

If you choose Costa Rica for living or retirement you can save a lot of money on a college education. The University of Costa Rica, the nation’s best public university, charges less than a couple of hundred dollars a year for tuition. Yes, you heard right.

My son goes to one of the best private universities here and pays a little less the $3000 a year for tuition.

All you have to do is compare the costs of what they charge here with those of the States and you will see the obvious bargain. You can save tens of thousands of dollars a year here.

Furthermore, the quality of education is excellent. Since Costa Rican universities are recognized internationally for their academic excellence, Costa Rican students are admitted to major U.S. universities for graduate school.

Another plus is that studying a specific career in a Costa Rican university takes less time which equates to saving a lot of money on a college education. For example,  students can enter law or medical school straight out of high school. They don’t have to waste time spending four years as an undergraduate.

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11 thoughts on “A college education is cheap in Costa Rica”

  1. Hi,
    My name is Rahul and I am 21 years old. I came to Canada from India for higher education and have had studied for 3 years in Canada but it was a disaster due to deaths in family, stress and health problems. I have failed 12 courses already and really think my life is a mess. Hence I want to get away from home and establish myself. I was wondering that if anyone can send me a detailed information on how the education system works in Costa Rica or what are the chances of me getting in a college or university with such a bad back ground? Because I am very driven and motivated but in the past 2 years were a mess. Please any information would be great. Thank you very much.

    Rahul

  2. Rahul
    Go for the Education in Costa Rica. You can get another chance there. Airfare is cheap. Good luck

  3. HI AM A NIGERIAN,WOULD WANT TO STUDY MEDICINE IN COSTA RICA.AM A GRADUATE OF HUMAN ANATOMY FROM ONE OF NIGERIANS PUBLIC UNIVERSITY.I WOULD APPRECIATE IF THE COST AND REQUIREMENT CAN BE MAILED TO ME.TANX GOD BLESS

  4. HI i am zahid amin.. i want to get all information regarding study visa in costa rica. i want to do Spanish language course as well. thanx

  5. Please kindly send me the criteria that i need to study pharmacy in Costa Rica university. i mean the one with lower tution fees. am from Nigeria

  6. I’m a US would-be ex-pat with two young kids. Cheap quality college education is a key selling point for me in deciding where my family is going to move. I’d also be interested in highschool educational requirements and, as someone above also inquired – whether there are classes offered in English by any chance. If you have some info you can share I’d appreciate an email. Thanks so much.
    Tina

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