UCR is the country’s oldest and most prestigious university, with an enrollment of about 40,000 students, and ranked among the 20 best universities in Latin America.
UCR offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies in a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. UCR also has an internationally recognized Research Establishment working in a diversity of fields. In addition, the university engages in Social Action, interacting with civil society and local communities, aimed at improving their quality of life.
San Pedro, with the University of Costa Rica as its core, has become the country’s epicenter for higher education, a breeding ground for thought, creativity and social development, and a cluster for science and technology. UCR was joined in the 1970-1980 by other public and private universities, consolidating San Pedro as the premier academic center in Costa Rica.
The University District of San Pedro, as in many university towns, has developed a unique lifestyle for the young and trendy, offering visiting students the opportunities to meet and share experiences with their local peers and enjoy an exciting student life.
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, focal point of economic and cultural activity and the nation’s major transportation hub. It is located in the center of the country, at an altitude of 3,800 ft. (1,178 mts.) and has mild climate all year long.
San José allows you to take a glimpse at its indigenous heritage and colonial past, contrasted with modern life. You can explore its historic streets, visit outstanding museums (Pre-Columbian Jade and Gold Museums), historic buildings (National Theatre), contemporary art galleries, or enjoy a sports or cultural event at the National Stadium.
Costa Rica is one of Latin America’s most stable democracies, with a free and prosperous society that enjoys better quality of life than in most developing nations. It is one of the few countries that has abolished the army, thereby cultivating a culture of peace. Being one of the world’s prime ecological destinations, you can explore tropical rainforests, active volcanoes and magnificent beaches. You will experience the “pura vida” Costa Rican lifestyle.
International students frequently complement their studies at the Univerisity of Costa Rica by planning weekend excursions outside of San José or joining UCR-sponsored activities such as sport teams, cultural events or volunteer activities.