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Study in Costa Rica

Beaches, tropical rainforests, a highly developed society and an enviable quality of life: studying in Costa Rica may sound almost too good to be true. In the QS Latin America University Rankings 2018, Costa Rica claims six universities among the region’s top 400. While this is relatively few when compared to countries like Brazil and Mexico, Costa Rica’s top-ranking institution, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), comes in at a very respectable 19th, and has been strengthening its global standing in recent years.

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Fast Facts

  • Capital and largest city is San José
  • Official language is Spanish
  • Currency is the Costa Rican colon (one colon = 100 centimos)
  • Major exports include coffee, bananas, sugar, textiles and electrical components
  • ‘Costa rica’ means ‘rich coast’ in Spanish
  • Located in Central America
  • Borders with Nicaragua, Panama, Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea
  • Government has set target of becoming world’s first carbon-neutral nation by 2021
  • First Latin American country to ban hunting as a sport, in 2012
  • Costa Ricans are known as Ticos (male) and Ticas (female)