In these pages you will find pertinent information regarding all the educational exchange programs offered by the U.S. Government.
These exchanges range from programs for Undergraduate students to programs for Master Degrees at different universities. These include the Fulbright Program, the Humphrey Fellowship and the International Visitors Program.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Fulbright Posgrado)
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is administered by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. All Foreign Student Program applications are processed by these offices.
Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country. Please use the drop-down menu here to find information about the Fulbright Program in your home country, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.
Fulbright LASPAU Program (for university professors)
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program has provided approximately 310,000 participants chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Laspau administers a part of the Fulbright Program which provides grants to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean for graduate study in the United States. Grants are awarded for Master’s and PhD programs in a variety of fields of study
Fulbright Specialist Program
A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-week consultancies at host institutions across the globe. Host institutions, including universities, non-profits, and other organizations, develop and submit projects for approval by the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in their country in wide-ranging academic and professional fields that build capacity and promote long-lasting linkages between individuals and institutions in the U.S. and abroad.
Address Priorities and Build Institutional Capacity at Institutions Around the World
An important companion to the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, the Fulbright Specialist Program differs by providing short-term exchange experiences that tackle discrete, sometimes rapid response, projects. The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages participation of both university faculty and highly experienced non-academics, including legal experts, business professionals, public health practitioners, scientists, IT professionals, artists, and journalists. The program is a mutually beneficial opportunity for the Specialist who may not be available to leave their position for an extended period of time and the host institution which needs an experienced partner to jointly tackle a problem or examine an issue on a short-term basis.
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings 200 outstanding mid-career professionals from countries in states of development or transition to the United States to engage in non-degree study and related professional experiences at select American universities. Started in 1978, the program now has a network of over 4,200 alumni in 157 countries around the world.
As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences. During the year, Fellows pursue both their individual program goals and work closely with their Humphrey colleagues in workshops and seminars.
The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries. If you are interested in broadening your perspectives and becoming a global leader, find out if the Humphrey Fellowship is right for you.
Global Undergraduate Exchange Program
The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) provides a diverse group of emerging leaders with a scholarship for one semester of non-degree academic study at a U.S. college or university. The program is sponsored by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and aims to recruit participants from underrepresented, non-elite backgrounds. Successful applicants can expect an in-depth exposure to U.S. society, culture, and academic institutions, as well as an opportunity to enhance their professional skills.
All participants will be enrolled in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work chosen from their host institution’s existing curriculum. Participants will be required to take one, 3-credit U.S. studies course to enhance their understanding of the United States. Participants will live in campus housing facilities with American peers, and will be required to participate in twenty hours of community service. There will also be a virtual arrival orientation and an in-person end-of-program workshop.
Applicants should demonstrate leadership potential through academic work, community involvement, and extracurricular activities. Also, they need to be enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs only, having completed a minimum of their first semester of study and must have at least one semester or an equivalent term to complete at their home institutions upon completion of the Global UGRAD Program.
Central American Youth Ambassadors (CAYA)
The Central American Youth Ambassador (CAYA) Program is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. The program is administered by Georgetown University in the United States and Fundación Acción Joven in Costa Rica. This program offers the opportunity to leading students and teacher chaperones to participate in a three week exchange in the United States to learn about its culture, society and education.
Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week Institutes will consist of a balanced series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community. The Institutes will include an academic residency component of approximately four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week. During the academic residency, participants will also have the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.
Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars (SUSIs) are intensive post-graduate level academic programs with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign university faculty and other scholars the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions. The ultimate goal of the Institutes is to strengthen curricula and to enhance the quality of teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars takeS place at various colleges, universities, and institutions throughout the United States over the course of six weeks.
Costa Rica- Study Abroad Directory
This guide (PDF 520 KB) is a list of study abroad programs being offered in Costa Rica by various Universities and third-party providers.
They include brief descriptions to help identify the best program for you. Through this, the U.S. aims to reach President Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative, seeking to surpass 100,000 exchanges within the Latin American and Caribbean region by the year 2020.
If your program is not listed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include it.
- Costa Rica- Study Abroad Directory (PDF 520 KB)