Costa Rica Semester Abroad
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.
“This semester has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life. I feel that my view of the world around me has changed, allowing me to have a greater sense of compassion for people different than myself. I have learned the beauty of letting go of control and to fully rely on God and have been blessed to experience His love through the people I have met here in Costa Rica.”
- Jennifer Little, 2014
“During my semester in Costa Rica my definition of service changed. I learned that service can mean just being present, being a heart that cares, a smile… I saw that love and service go hand-in-hand. Jesus’ gospel is service and we are called to that.”
- Katy Pacino, communications major and intercultural studies minor, 2013