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Semester in Costa Rica

Important Note on COVID-19:

In light of continued concerns over student health and safety, persistent travel restrictions, and countries' evolving entry requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international student travel for academic credit (study abroad) for spring and 2021 has been suspended. A phased restart of study abroad programming will be announced by CUNY with the approval of New York State as soon as conditions permit for fall 2021. 

For further information and the latest updates, please visit our homepage.

We are continuing to advise students online! If you'd like to speak with an advisor about studying abroad, you can make an appointment here.


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. Note that 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 the following application materials:

  1. Faculty Recommendation Form (PDF) OR Faculty Recommendation Form (Word). This form must be completed by someone who has instructed you at the college level. They should then submit directly to the Office of Education Abroad, following the instructions on the form, by the deadline.
  2. Online Application Form. Have the following documents prepared 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 rewewing 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.

Step 2: Submit your Program Deposit.


Program Deposits:

Each Application must be accompanied by a $350 Money Order or Certified Check, which will be applied to the program fee. 

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.

  • Program Fee: Before the starting date of the program, students 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 behalf of students. These costs vary by program and typically increase closer to the departure date. After the starting date of the program, the student will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. There will be no refunds for late arrivals or early departures.
  • Deposits are nonrefundable after the program application deadline; should a student withdraw from a program for any reason after this deadline, the deposit will be lost. Also note that paying the program deposit authorizes the provider (whether Hunter or a third party) to incur expenses on the student's behalf; should a student withdraw from a program for any reason after paying the deposit, he or she will be responsible for any non-recoverable expenses. 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.


If you receive financial aid and/or scholarships at Hunter, it is your responsibility to speak with a financial aid advisor and/or your scholarship provider to discuss how your study abroad may affect your financial aid/scholarships.

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