Study Abroad in Monteverde

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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Monteverde

Monteverde — a kaleidoscope of biodiversity from flora to fauna thrives in its cloud forests. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserves boasts 26,000 acres, 70,000 visitors a year, and one of the seven natural wonders of Costa Rica. The outdoors will be your classroom here by exploring the environment and learning about how the communities balance sustainability and tourism. Plus, you’ll have opportunities to intern or volunteer here along with your studies, which will be a shining jewel on your resume. Study abroad in Monteverde to experience an educational adventure every day!

Student Life in Monteverde

Life in Monteverde is exciting and adventurous! The biggest attraction in Monteverde is the Cloud Forest Reserve, where animal enthusiasts will rejoice — you might just spot the famous quetzal or golden toad here! You could also cross suspension bridges, zip line the canopies, bungee jump, ride horses, take a coffee tour, or explore bat caves on night walks. Plus, you could visit butterfly gardens or serpentariums (if you dare). Once you’ve gotten your fill of thrills, you could travel south to Punta Arenas to lounge on the glittering beaches. 

After a long day, you can rest your head in a cozy setting with a host family. Most of the programs also offer homestay accommodations, which is the best way to learn about life in Monteverde from the locals, get the best tips on places to see and things to do, save money in the long run, try out local foods, and practice your Spanish in a comfortable environment.

GoAbroad Insider Tips

While Costa Rica is more affordable in the United States, especially with health care, it’s best to eat like a local while studying in Monteverde. Be sure to visit open-air farmers’ markets to buy all your grocery needs from meats to vegetables, where $15 per person can fill your fridge for a week. Take advantage of student discounts in the area and take the public buses. Program fees vary based on duration, tuition, and more, but you can budget, save, fundraise, or apply for scholarships to help cover the costs.

The weather in Monteverde includes a rainy season from May to December and a dry season from December to May. However, it can rain any day throughout the year, so bring a waterproof jacket, and some days are more humid and windy than others. The average temperature ranges from the 60s-80s, so it’s best to wear layers, and make sure you bring pants and sweaters for the chilly nights. Also, bring a good pair of closed-toe hiking shoes. 

From musing over your studies with classmates in the Tree House Cafe to exploring hidden paths in the cloud forest, you’re on tico time in Monteverde! The academic life involving dancing, music, soccer games, and eating delicious cocina tipica food will be the time of your life. You’ll discover new things every day in one of the greenest countries on Earth when you study abroad in Monteverde.

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