Beaches, tropical rainforests, highly developed society and an enviable quality of life: studying in Costa Rica may sound almost too good to be true.
In the 2012 QS University Rankings: Latin America, Costa Rica has just three universities in the region’s top 250 – relatively few when compared to countries like Brazil and Mexico.
However, its top ranking institution, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), comes in at a very respectable 29th, having climbed significantly from 59th in the previous year’s ranking. UCR is joined in Latin America's top 100 by the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica (also public), and in the top 200 by Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología Costa Rica (ULACIT), which is part of the private sector.
Universities in Costa Rica
There are more than 60 universities to choose from in Costa Rica, of which five are public:
• Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR),
• Universidad Nacional Costa Rica,
• Universidad Estatal a Distancia (for distance learning),
• Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica (ITCR),
• Universidal Tecnica Nacional.
As well as being Costa Rica’s highest ranking institution, UCR is also the country’s oldest university, and its largest in terms of student enrolments.
Meanwhile Costa Rica's many private universities include Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), Universidad Fidelitas, Universidad Hispoamericana, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and Universidad Veritas.