The Costa Rica program is full for the Spring 2016 semester! Please contact Ken Martens Friesen, for more information on the program and which semester it will again be offered.

FPU is partnering with Students International to enable our students to spend a semester in Costa Rica. 

  • Earn credit for a semester of study
  • All costs covered through regular tuition plus room and board
  • Federal, state and FPU institutional grants and loans apply
  • Live with a Costa Rican family
  • Go on weekend excursions
  • Available to any FPU undergraduate student regardless of your major


One of the best parts of the Costa Rica experience is cost. All costs of the program, including round trip airfare and weekend excursions, are covered by regular FPU tuition plus room and board. All student aid, including institutional aid, federal governement aid and California state aid, may be used towards your Costa Rica semester.

Credit and courses

Students may earn a maximum of 15 units of credit from the program—six units of Spanish credit, six units of focus series credit plus additional major units.

This program can be adapted for multiple majors: Spanish, intercultural studies, social work, liberal studies, business, environmental studies and art. With the addition of two or three classes at Fresno Pacific, this program can also be the basis of an intercultural studies minor. View a list of courses and descriptions.


Internships will provide students with 'real world' experience of living and working in another culture. Internships can be tailored to fit the needs of a variety of majors, including social work, psychology, intercultural studies, contemporary Christian ministries, sociology, liberal studies, business and others.


Students will stay with Costa Rican host families for the entire semester. Students will travel on several different weekends to various locations throughout Costa Rica to experience the tremendous variety that Costa Rica offers.

Application and Registration

The Costa Rica program is full for the Spring 2016 semester! Please contact one of the persons below for more information on the program and which semester it will again be offered.

For more information, contact Arnie Prieb in the International Programs and Services Office at 559-453-2128 or or Ken Martens Friesen at 559-453-7126 or