In Spanish, Costa Rica means “rich coast,” but visitors to this Central American country experience much more than just stunning shorelines. With more than 25% of the country protected by the national park system, Costa Rica’s lush tropical forests and other biomes are home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity—more than 400 types of birds can be found in the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest alone. Costa Ricans have a strong commitment to protecting local ecosystems and to creating a green society, while the government has pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2021. The capital, San José, is also home to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Nations University of Peace. As a hub for environmental research, sustainable innovation, and advancement in human rights, Costa Rica is the ideal destination for exploring social and environmental change.

Questions about our Costa Rica programs? Contact your personal IES Abroad Representative.