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Study abroad in Costa Rica as a High School Student in 2024

Updated in April, 2024

Are you looking for a Spanish study abroad opportunity for your teen son or daughter?

Is your teen itching for an unforgettable summer adventure that combines a study abroad program with exploration? Look no further than Intercultura Costa Rica’s Teen Summer Camp!

This immersive program is the perfect choice for teens aged 13-17 seeking a unique study abroad in Costa Rica experience.

Intercultura Costa Rica also offer a year-round study abroad program with a dynamic and fun curriculum designed for high school students aged 16 and 17.

In other words, if your teen or high school student can’t make it to our Spanish Summer Camp she or he can still come to Costa Rica by her-/himself. Our all-inclusive study abroad program for high school students is ideal for those who wish to come any other time throughout the year.

Why Choose Intercultura Costa Rica’s Teen Summer Camp?

  • Immerse in Language & Culture: Learn Spanish through interactive classes and daily interactions with native speakers. Develop intercultural communication skills and a global perspective.
  • Unforgettable Adventures & Cultural Immersion: Explore Costa Rica’s breathtaking rainforests, volcanoes, and beaches through exciting excursions and activities. Participate in wildlife conservation projects, volunteer with local communities, and learn from indigenous cultures.
  • Make Lifelong Friends & Develop Independence: Connect with peers from around the world and develop self-confidence in a safe and supportive environment. Build lasting friendships and foster responsible independence.
  • Boost Confidence & Stand Out for College & Careers: Achieve a new level of Spanish fluency in a fun and engaging environment. Gain a valuable language skill that sets you apart in future studies and job opportunities.

Program Highlights:

  • Two-week Spanish study abroad program running from July 7th to July 21st, 2024.
  • Focus on conversational Spanish with qualified and experienced teachers.
  • Secure homestay experience with Costa Rican families for deeper cultural immersion (safe and vetted families within walking distance of the school).
  • A balanced program with a mix of Spanish lessons, leadership workshops, cultural activities, adventure trips, and volunteer opportunities.


Academic Spanish Study and Cultural Immersion

Intercultura Costa Rica also offers a year-round Academic Spanish Study and Culture Immersion program for high school students seeking a more in-depth language learning experience. This exclusive program provides:

  • Intercultural Communication Skills: Develop the ability to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural setting.
  • College Preparation: Gain independence, life experience, and a global perspective that will benefit you in college applications.
  • Excellent Spanish Communication: Our highly qualified teachers and challenging curriculum will help you achieve fluency in Spanish.
  • Enriching & Seamless Educational Experience: Enjoy dynamic campus life, exciting activities, and a supportive learning environment.

Heredia City Campus: Your Tropical Oasis

This Spanish program takes place at our Historic Heredia Campus, located near San José. The campus offers:

  • Excellent Facilities: Learn in a comfortable and well-equipped environment.
  • Safe Space for Students: Our campus prioritizes student safety and well-being.
  • Skilled Teachers: Our experienced and passionate teachers specialize in working with teenagers, making learning Spanish fun and engaging.
  • Convenient Homestays: Live with a local Costa Rican family within walking distance of the school for a deeper cultural immersion experience.


Things to consider before signing up for a study abroad program in Costa Rica

  1. Teens who come on their own should expect full cultural immersion in the school and the homestay setting. Furthermore, they will live with Costa Rican kids around their own age. They therefore should not expect a summer camp environment with lots of other foreign teens.
  2. Many schools or parents plan their own mini-groups. For those who prefer to travel with their peers from back home, we can place teens in the same families or families very close by, as you choose.
  3. Classes are intensive, with four hours of study per day. Additionally, they involve homework and research projects appropriate to the age group. Teenagers are expected to be punctual, and participatory and complete all assignments.
  4. Volunteering is a mandatory part of the curriculum. Ideally, the teenager approaches this experience with a positive, hands-on attitude.

Benefits for Your Teenager 

Our teen programs offer a multitude of benefits for your teenager:

  • Master the Spanish Language: Achieve fluency in Spanish through a combination of classroom learning and real-world practice.
  • Practical Communication Skills: Learn practical tools for effective communication in international and cross-cultural environments.
  • Self-Sufficiency & Independence: Develop the skills and confidence to navigate new situations and become more self-sufficient.
  • Global Perspective: Gain a deeper understanding of the world and different cultures.
  • New Ideas & Interests: Spark your teen’s curiosity and inspire them to explore new interests.
  • Unforgettable Stories & Appreciation: Return home with incredible stories to tell and a newfound appreciation for the world around them. 

To summarize, our study abroad program for young people is teaching your high school student the Spanish language. On top of that, they learn practical tools for communication and self-sufficiency in international and cross-cultural environments.

The experience of studying abroad will inspire new ideas and awaken new interests in your child. It will return home with incredible stories to tell. Also, it will have a deeper appreciation for the world around them.

If this has been helpful for you, then you may also be interested in reading our five reasons why traveling abroad is important for young people.

If you have any further questions please contact us here.

If you want to sign up you child to the teen summer camp click here.

If you want more details about the year-round program click here.