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What's Included in Our Costa Rica Program Fees

At IFSA-Butler, we believe our program fees offer more comprehensive student support than any other study abroad organization. In addition to a great academic and cultural experience abroad, our fees include the following:


  • Tuition
  • Full academic advising and course selection/approval assistance
  • Butler University transcript for easy credit transfer
  • Academic records maintenance
  • Grade and credit appeal assistance
  • Tutors to help with Spanish language skills and coursework


  • Guaranteed pre-arranged housing with a host family
  • IFSA-Butler houses only one student per host family
  • Three meals per day
  • Laundry service

Predeparture support services

  • Personalized advising with your IFSA-Butler Costa Rica program advisor
  • Welcome packet, Preparing to Study Abroad Costa Rica, Money Matters guide, and newsletter updates
  • Parental support including Preparing to Study Abroad Costa Rica and Money Matters guide
  • Assistance in accommodating students with disabilities
  • Travel and Costa Rica visa assistance

On-site services

  • Airport pickup for group flight passengers
  • Full-time office in Heredia for assistance and support
  • 10- to 15-day student orientation in Costa Rica (including transportation, accommodation, activities, student handbook and welcome materials, and most meals).
  • Intensive Spanish language program
  • New student orientation at host university
  • Newsletter updates throughout the semester (semester/year programs programs)

Excursions and activities (semester/year programs)

  • Mid-semester weekend excursions
  • Cultural activities and social events
  • Day trips and sightseeing tours that showcase Costa Rica's amazing environment

Health services and emergency assistance


  • Numerous IFSA-Butler Scholarships available
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Ability to pay online via credit card
  • Financial aid transfers
  • U.S. university direct billing arrangements

Some U.S. colleges and universities ("direct bill institutions") pay IFSA-Butler fees on behalf of their students. Students attending these direct bill institutions pay the IFSA-Butler program fee directly to their home college or university. Students from direct-bill colleges and universities may pay a different fee, but they receive the same outstanding services from IFSA-Butler.

Institute for Study Abroad, Alliance For Global Education and MORE CULTURE. LESS SHOCK. are registered marks of the Institute for Study Abroad, Inc.