Make the most of your summer break in the CIS Australia January in San Jose program by studying Spanish language, Tropical Ecology or Tropical Marine Biology while immersing in a vibrant culture, all set in one of the most beautiful and bio-diverse countries in the world. During your program, you can take one Spanish language course and/or choose to take Tropical Ecology or take the Tropical Marine Biology Field Course.

Fields of study

  • Spanish Language
  • Science

You can contact UQ Abroad for course syllabi or CIS Austraila for specific information on your program of interest. Find more information regarding specific courses on the CIS Australia website.

Credit Equivalent

1 course = 2 UQ units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 1 course is successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by CIS Australia.

CIS Australia programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

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Please note: Applications will only be accepted via the online application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted


The program fee is approximately $4,999 -$6,899 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the CIS Australia website.

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the CIS Australia website.

UQ students are able to participate in one of the following courses:

Spanish Language
  • Start date: 05 January 2019
  • End date: 02 February 2019
  • Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Tropical Ecology
  • Start date: 05 January 2019
  • End date: 26 January 2019
  • Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Tropical Marine Biology Field Course
  • Start date: 05 January 2019
  • End date: 24 January 2019
  • Credit: For-credit only

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the host program website

Natalie - 2017

From the moment you get to the airport to leave for your global experience, you'll be doing yourself a favour to have an accepting, receptive and productive attitude to anything that may happen unexpectedly. In my experience, the friendships I made - especially with my roommates -progressed much faster than they would at home, and I am still in touch with them.









Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad: Summer applications for this program have now closed
Host: 2 November 2018

Program Dates

Start: 06 January 2018
End: Varies - see courses tab

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only

UQ Abroad Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​