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ISEP Direct - Universidad Nacional
Heredia, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Full Year,
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Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
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Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Description:
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Universidad Nacional

Fast Facts

Heredia, Costa Rica (pop. 120,000)
Student Enrollment: 15,000
Language of instruction: Spanish
Course Information


The city of Heredia is the capital of the province of Heredia. Surrounded by coffee plantations, it is located in the central plateau about 7 miles from San José. Heredia is the smallest province of Costa Rica, representing 5.2% of national territory. Heredia hosts the Universidad Nacional, one of the most important universities in Costa Rica..

Heredia, Costa Rica (pop. 374,732)
Elevation: 3,773 feet
Average Temperature: 73.4°F
Annual Rainfall: 59-79 inches

Program Type

ISEP-Exchange: Academic semester
ISEP-Direct: Academic year, semester and summer

ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.

Program Dates

Observes the Southern Hemisphere calendar. Academic year: January to mid-November; Semester 1: January to early June; Semester 2: early July to November.


  • Earth and Marine Science (agriculture, environmental science, geography & topography, marine biology, environmental management, forestry engineering)
  • Education
  • Health and Sport Sciences (physical education, physical health promotion)
  • Philosophy and Letters (French, Latin American studies, literature, linguistics, philosophy, religion, Spanish)
  • Sciences (chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, biology, topography)
  • Social Sciences (economics, history, international relations, planning & social development, sociology, business administration, psychology)
  • Fine Arts (dance, music, plastic arts, theater)

Housing and Meals

Students are housed with families in Heredia. Twenty-one meals a week are provided to students.


The Universidad Nacional is aimed at meeting the needs of Costa Rican society. It furthers the integral development of the student through a humanistic curriculum based on the study of domestic reality and world culture. There is a growing international student body, with students from Central, South, and North America. Total enrollment: 10,500 at the Campus Omar Dengo.

ISEP-Exchange programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.

ISEP-Direct programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Full Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.