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Med school in costa rica

Med school in costa rica

Global health semester in costa rica

Did you know you can attend medical school in Costa Rica? Costa Rica is well-known for its beautiful beaches, vast natural beauty, and vibrant culture. But did you know that international students can get an affordable medical degree in Costa Rica?
Let’s start with why you would want to attend medical school in Costa Rica. The expense is the most important factor for international students. While most doctors in the United States receive well over six figures, you can complete your medical degree in Costa Rica for less than $30,000. After graduation, there are several Spanish immersion programs that will help you become bilingual and eligible to work with even more patients. As a result, you could get your degree and pay off all of your debt in a few years while also learning a second language.
But what about the validity of medical school programs in Costa Rica? You must be extremely picky about which program you participate in. You want to make sure that the curriculum is equivalent to and meets the same educational and training standards as doctors in the United States. Several Costa Rican colleges with a significant number of international students have been approved by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research.

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Important: For detailed information on areas of study and degree levels currently offered at University of Medical Sciences, Costa Rica, please contact or visit the official website; the above uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels MatrixTM is indicative only and may not be up-to-date or complete.
Important: The above uniRank Tuition Range MatrixTM does not include bed, board, or other outside costs; tuition may differ by area of study, degree level, student nationality or residence, and other factors. For comprehensive details on yearly tuitions that refer to your particular situation and research interest, please contact the appropriate University of Medical Sciences, Costa Rica office; the above uniRank Tuition Range MatrixTM is indicative only and may not be up-to-date or full.
Important: Admission policies and acceptance rates differ by field of study, degree level, nationality or residence of the student, and other factors. For more details on a particular admission selection policy and acceptance rate, please contact the University of Medical Sciences, Costa Rica’s Admission Office; the above University admission information is representative only and may not be accurate or up-to-date.

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Dr. Galeano, the career director at UACA, was my first appointment. He was really sweet, and he told me about their philosophy: “Noxam vero et maleficium propulsabo” (the Hippocratic oath’s Latin verse means “I will take care that they do not suffer any harm or damage”).

Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) is a public university with little to no tuition for medical students. However, there is an entrance test, and you must have a very smart mind to pass it! If you are admitted, it is important to remember that this school is accredited in every state.

Medical school student from california in costa rica. uaca

Costa Rica is like Central America’s hidden gem. It blends natural tropical beauty with political stability and economic development, with volcanoes, mountains, and miles of beaches. Prior to researching the various options for an international elective, I knew very little about this country. I chose this site primarily to learn more about tropical medicine, travel medicine, a different health-care system, and to develop my Spanish-speaking skills. I also considered the fact that I would be traveling alone and wanted to visit somewhere that was relatively safe in comparison to other Central American countries.
Dr. González, a gastroenterologist who completed his internship at HCMC, arranged my rotation. He is the head of the Universidad de Ciencias Médicas’ foreign exchange program (UCIMED). A word of caution: the program coordinator does not always respond to emails as easily as we do in the United States. Since his secretary is still studying English, it helps if emails are written in Spanish. After months of preparation and anticipation, I arrived in Costa Rica and was greeted with open arms by both UCIMED staff and my host family.