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Semester in Costa Rica

ABOUT COVID-19 AND STUDY ABROAD

In light of continued concerns over student health and safety, persistent travel restrictions, and countries' evolving entry requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a phased restart of study abroad programming is ongoing, with the approval of CUNY and New York State. Applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis and are subject to deferral should the fall semester be cancelled. Students should have a back-up plan to take courses at Hunter if the fall semester is cancelled. For further information and the latest updates, please visit our homepage.

We are continuing to advise students online!
To speak with an advisor about studying abroad, make an appointment.


Application Overview and Submission

  • All application materials and deposit must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Please review our general eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants to the semester in Costa Rica must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 12 completed credits at the time of application.

Step 1:

Submit our Online Application Form

Get the following documents ready to upload with your online application:

  • Personal statement (250-500 words) describing: How will study abroad contribute to your academic or professional goals and how will you engage with the local community abroad?
  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial for CUNY students and pulled from CUNYFIRST as long as your name is printed on it).
  • Scan of the photo page of your passport. We require a copy of your valid passport before you go abroad. If you are in the process of applying for or renewing your passport, you may submit the Online Application Form without this; however, you must be prepared to email a scan of your new passport as soon as you receive it. All students MUST have a valid passport by their program's orientation session.
  • Faculty Recommendation Form (PDF) OR Faculty Recommendation Form (Word)

 


Step 2:

After submitting your online application, you will receive an email with 5-7 business days regarding your acceptance and the Office of Education Abroad will reach out to you about submitting your program deposit

Program Deposits:

  1. Each application must be accompanied by a $350 Money Order or Certified Check, which will be applied to the program fee.
  2. Make your money order or certified check out to HUNTER COLLEGE.
  3. In the memo line, please write your first and last name and the name of the program to which you are applying.
    • If you withdraw from the program prior to the application deadline, you will be refunded your deposit, minus $50, which will be kept as the application fee. If you withdraw from the program after the application deadline, the deposit is not refundable.
    • If you withdraw from a program for any reason after the application deadline, your deposit will not be refunded. Also note that paying the program deposit authorizes the provider (whether Hunter or a third party) to incur expenses on the student's behalf. These expenses can include (but are not limited to) airfare, housing fees, and partial or full tuition.

Withdrawal from Program

  • Notification of withdrawal must be made in writing (email) to the Education Abroad Office before the withdrawal will be officially recognized. Otherwise, students will be responsible for all program fees. The date on which the written notification is received is the date by which the financial calculation will be determined. If a balance is due to the Education Abroad Office or the Office of the Bursar at the time of withdrawal, that amount must be paid in a timely manner. Note that short-term programs require a minimum number of students to run.
  • Before the starting date of the program, you will be financially responsible for any non-recoverable costs associated with the program fee at the time of withdrawal. Non-recoverable costs are financial commitments (such as housing deposits, field trip pre-payments, etc.) made on your behalf. These costs vary by program and typically increase closer to the departure date.
  • After the starting date of the program, you will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. There will be no refunds for late arrivals or early departures.
  • If you receive financial aid and/or scholarships, it is your responsibility to speak with a Financial Aid advisor and/or your scholarship provider to discuss how withdrawing from your study abroad program may affect your financial aid/scholarships.

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HUNTER COLLEGE
695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065
212.772.4000