Universities in Costa Rica

There are both publicly run and privately owned Universities in Costa Rica. Costa Rica has five public universities that are part of the Consensus Nacional de Rectores (CONARE, National University Presidents’ Council).

Each of the five publicly run higher-education institutions are focused on delivering specific academic studies to both local and international students. 

For example, the Technical National University or UTN located in Alajuela city is a higher-education institution where students can enrol for ICT-based study programs like software and web development. 

The Distance State University or UNED in Sabanilla district, Montes de Oca canton, offers distance learning opportunities to students. Students of UNED can also attend classes or write exams in several campuses in Costa Rica.      

National University of Costa Rica (UNA) is another well known public university in Heredia with a vibrant department of life sciences. Costa Rica has 12 private universities including Invenio, UAM (Universidad Americana), and Universidad CENFOTEC.

Why Study in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is a country where students can enrol for many English-taught higher-education study programs. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Universities in Costa Rica are recognised by other higher-education institutions and multinational companies worldwide. 

Having a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate from Costa Rican universities can enhance your career prospects. The Universidad CENFOTEC offers ICT-related courses that have a high global demand.    

Eligibility Criteria 

To gain admission into Universities in Costa Rica, students need to officially apply for their desired course of study with a higher-education institution of their choosing. 

Application fees will need to be paid. The completed application form needs to be submitted with supporting documents, such as; a copy of your secondary school leaving certificate or diploma, a copy of your international passport or any other acceptable ID, passport photographs, and academic transcripts.

Other documentation for undergraduate and postgraduate studies include a couple of letters of recommendation, a police report or clearance certificate, proof of proficiency in the Spanish language, and a motivational letter. 

Students may need to take an entrance examination before admission into a University in Costa Rica, and a student visa is generally needed for admittance into the country.

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