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About the University 🏫

ULACIT is a highly ranked bilingual university located in San Jose, which means that you can study programmes both in English and Spanish. This gives you a great opportunity to study in Costa Rica in a language you know while being able to learn one more language, which happens to be the second largest language in the world. All this while earning your degree at a university that has been ranked, for the past eight consecutive years, as the best private university in Costa Rica and the region.

You can study varies programmes and courses within fields such as Business Administration, Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies, Film and Animation, Art and Design, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences. All of the teaching strategies are project-based, with no traditional exams. Learning is founded on inquiry, research, problem-solving and service learning experiences, under the Teaching for Understanding (TfU) framework, developed by Harvard University’s Project Zero.

ULACIT offers additional services to insure that students have a unique global experience in Costa Rica. Services include trips to local institutions, site visits, guest speakers, transportation, housing, field trips throughout Costa Rica and various other services.

ULACIT has recent years spent a lot of effort in developing an international campus through partnerships and a great variety of English-taught programmes. This has resulted in the fact that today as many as 9% of the students are internationals of 26 different nationalities. This is the perfect environment to dig into local culture together with students from all over the world. Also, students enjoy socialising through the many different student clubs and organisations in a variety of interests.

About the city 🌇

San José, or "Chepe" as locals call the capital, is a hub of modern culture in Costa Rica. The city is known for its famous volcanoes and coffee plantations that make the city's coffee at local cafes world class.

In your free time, in the guaranteed sunny weather, you can enjoy the city's monuments and beautiful parks, and even visit the city's well-known beer brewery. Even if you live in a big city, you have the privilege of San José to easily go on the adventure in the nature of their mentioned rainforest.

San José's natural area is the place to be for the adventurous who want to create memories for life. Here you have the opportunity to soar through the jungle on their zip lines, river rafting with your new friends in the rivers or hop on a mountain bike, where you cycle past volcanoes, the bridges in the middle of nature and exotic sugar, cocoa and coffee bean farms.

Are you for long walks in the woods? Try a tour where you get to bathe under waterfalls and experience tastings of nature's freshest cocoa and coffee prepared by locals after a day of adrenaline-filled hiking and climbing in nature, where you finish by looking at exotic birds from the many swinging bridges in the rainforest.

Does the big city life with a big twist of beautiful natural scenery give you butterflies in the stomach along with imagining your life as an exotic adventurer? San José guarantees a special place in your heart and a one in a lifetime experience.

Housing Opportunities🏫

A popular choice for students studying for a semester at ULACIT is homestay. Students are placed with local host families in San Jose, Costa Rica. Typical, it's one student per family who then provides your own room, laundry, breakfast and dinner on the days you' have classes.

You can apply for getting your homestay arranged by the university by filling out the form here. The form is sent to


Admission Requirements

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What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at ULACIT, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to ULACIT are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at ULACIT.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to ULACIT in San José can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at ULACIT.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at ULACIT vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at ULACIT ranges from 8.000 USD to 11.100 USD per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at ULACIT for 15 credits which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 4400 USD.

See more about ULACIT's tuition fees for international students.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

ULACIT uses a three-trimester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The three-trimester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a semester system. Students can start their studies in January, May or September. Two trimesters are still equal to a full academic year.

See more about ULACIT's important dates in the academic calendar.

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What the students say

"Costa Rica is on so many levels a leader to the world. Come here for an amazing experience. Come grow as a person, and you will love it" - Karson B.
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How it works

First, choose a destination

That's probably the hardest part. Are you looking for something specific, within your budget or a prestigious university that suits your field of interest? It's your choice.

Next, apply and upload your documents

You'll find the apply button on each university page. Once you have applied, you will receive the link to your application portal by mail. In there, you will be able to manage your application and communicate with us.

and... accept the offer!

If you're lucky, there's an offer waiting for you at the University. We'll even make sure you have your insurances are in order and all the nitty gritty details.

Finally, share the ❤️

Your friends and family may also want to experience the thrill of studying abroad. We'll do our best to help them too. Ask us what the rewards are!

Our reviews

5 etoiles trustpilot

I was looking for a freemover stay abroad through Uniclub and I got some of the best service I have experienced. They took care of all the practicalities, and removed almost all the hassle of work it can be to apply for an exchange stay.

Simon. L
UNYP, Czech Republic
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Had fantastic service and help throughout the process. Would definitely recommend

Daniel A.
Nebrija, Spain
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I am going to Australia for a semester, and before finding Uniclub the whole application seemed impossible. These guys are simply the best. They have the right answer for literally every question that you have. They are helpful, quick, with excellent service

Balaz. B
Deakin, Australia
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Uniclub and Deni Isic, get my absolute warmest recommendation! I had a dream of coming to Japan that seemed distant and unmanageable, but Deni and the rest of Uniclub have helped me through the whole process.

iCLA, Japan
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I have just returned from my exchange stay in Ireland, which would not have been possible if it were not for Uniclub. If you are looking for an exchange as a freemover, then I can not recommend UniClub enough!

Jacob R.
TUS, Ireland