International Business Exchange Program
Tecnologico de Costa Rica (TEC)
The Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica also referred to as “ITCR or “ TEC” is a top university in Costa Rica and Central America. With over thirty years of prestige and tradition, the School of Business Administration at the TEC specializes in excellence at a national and international level. The main campus is located in Cartago. There are also university departments in Santa Clara, San Carlos, San José, and Alajuela.
Costa Rica is the most visited country in Central America. It neighbors with Nicaragua and Panama. Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. Its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches.
Cartago, Costa Rica's first capital, is one of the oldest communities in Costa Rica. It was home to the first enduring Spanish settlement since its foundation in 1563 by Juan Vasquez de Coronado. This important territory remained the capital city of Costa Rica until 1823.
Business courses and regional emphasis courses offered in Spanish.
Spring Semester: early-February to late-June
Fall Semester: July to December
(Online Systems: Schedules Guide or Schedule Templates and Curriculum)
(Online Systems: Registration- You will need to have log-in information from university)
The grade scale used in Tecnológico de Costa Rica goes from 1 to a 100, the minimum grade to pass the class is 70. According to the Costa Rican Higher Education Agreement to unify the credit definition, a credit corresponds to 3 hours of student work per week, during 15 weeks. These hours can be applied to an activity supervised, evaluated and approved by the professor.
Language of Instruction
- Courses are taught in Spanish.
- Students who wish to pursue courses taught in Spanish must have completed two upper-division Spanish language courses (300+) prior to departure in order to qualify for the exchange program. All applicants must meet the language prerequisite by the end of the semester prior to departure.
- A Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by your most current Language Instructor must be submitted in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.
Exchange program participants pay their regular full-time tuition/registration fees to SDSU to participate on the exchange program. Students are responsible for all other additional expenses such as passport, visa, airfare, housing, meals, books, etc. Refer to the budget sheet on blackboard for more information.
Housing and Meals
Housing/room & board expenses are not part of the SDSU exchange program. Students must arrange housing via their host institution or independently.
Only off-campus housing is available. Students have the option to live with a host family or in shared apartments.
All participants must purchase the comprehensive CSU Comprehensive FTIP Insurance. Students will need to pay via SDSU Student Account Services. Approximately $300 for one-semester.
Exchange participants are responsible for purchasing airfare. Hold-off on purchasing airfare until a Letter of Acceptance is issued by your host university (one-semester prior to going abroad). The Letter of Acceptance is issued typically 4-6 weeks after students apply to the host university and will contain official program dates.
Student Visa Requirement
U.S.A. citizens are required to obtain a Student Visa to study abroad in Costa Rica for one semester or longer. The visa process varies by nationality, length of program, and consulate of jurisdiction.
SDSU (1 year prior)
International Business majors must apply one-year prior to anticipated term abroad via Aztecs Abroad by clicking "Apply Now" on the button above.
Host University (1 semester prior)
After being approved by SDSU, students will also need to complete the application process for their host university. Students will receive an email with application instructions after the add/drop deadline (titled Post Decision).
International Business majors refer to SDSU blackboard for eligibility criteria
International Business majors: apply 1 year prior to intended term abroad
December 17th for the Fall Semester
May 12th for the Spring Semester
All other majors: apply 1 semester prior to intended term abroad.
February 20th for Fall Semester
September 20th for Spring Semester
Campus Life: https://www.tec.ac.cr/en/vida-campus
FAQ Page: https://www.tec.ac.cr/en/preguntas-frecuentes
International Affairs and Cooperation Office: https://www.tec.ac.cr/en/unidades/direccion-cooperacion
Campus Map: https://www.tec.ac.cr/en/mapa-campus