List of universities in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has both public and private universities, such as the University of Costa Rica and University for Peace. Tuition generally runs about 50% less than in-state rates for most U.S. schools.
Public universities are some of the largest academic institutions in Costa Rica. There are four public universities in the country, each assigned to emphasize certain academic disciplines. A fifth university, Technical National University (UTN) was recently established in the city of Alajuela. All public universities are members of the Consensus National de Rectores (CONARE, National University Presidents Council).
Public universities in Costa Rica
- Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC, Costa Rica Institute of Technology) is in Cartago. Its mission and objective is "To contribute to the integral development of the country, by means of formation of human resource, researches and extensions; keeping in mind the scientific-technical leadership, the academic excellence and the strict attachment to the ethical, environmental and humanists norms, from a state university perspective of quality and competitiveness at national and international level". The ITCR has a partnership with Intel which allows the institute to upgrade its curriculum and place its best students with the company.
- Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR, University of Costa Rica): Its main campus is in San Pedro, in the province of San Jose. It is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious institution of higher learning in Costa Rica. Its origins can be traced back to 1832. Approximately 40,000 students are enrolled at UCR. It is a research institution with more than 25 research units.
- Universidad Estatal a Distancia (UNED, Distance State University) is focused on distance learning. Its main offices are in Sabanilla and it has many local branch campuses for classes and exams.
- Universidad Nacional (UNA, National University) is located in Heredia and has a strong department of life sciences. About 30,000 students attend UNA.
- National Technical University is in Alajuela.
- Invenio is a campus-based science and technology university, using the Dual Education model from the DHBW (Germany). Invenio Campus GML is on the road to Los Angeles, Tilarán, in Cañas, Guanacaste. Invenio fosters personal growth and serves individuality through pertinent and relevant means to achieve the mission of encouraging the organic self-education of whole, free and serving personalities. Their system allows students from all socio-economic levels – based on their attitudes – to finance their education. Invenio sends forth licensed professionals with bachelor's degrees in enterprise information technologies, engineering in business with an emphasis in production and logistics, and mechatronic engineering.
- UAM (Universidad Americana): Universidad Americana's main campus is in Los Yoses, Montes de Oca, where the Goethe Institute used to be. It was created in 1997 and officially started simultaneously in San José and Cartago in 1998. A few months later, another campus opened in Heredia.
- Universidad CENFOTEC (Universidad Centro de Formación en Technologist de Information y Comunicación / U CENFOTEC) is a specialized university focusing on ICT-related careers. It was founded in 2000 by a group of software development exporting companies to train highly specialized and rapidly operational technicians in software development to meet the increasing demand of this type of professionals. Founded as a Technical Training Center focused solely on software development, it has evolved and was awarded university status in 2011 by CONESUP. Nowadays it includes careers in telecommunications, software development, development for the Web, and ICT infrastructure. Its campus is in Montes de Oca, San José. It is only a teaching institution.
- UCIMED (Universidad de Ciencias Medicas) is a medical school in San Jose. UCIMED was founded in 1978 and is solely dedicated to the teaching of medicine. No research is conducted at this institution.
- Universidad Cristiana del Sur is in San José.
- Universidad EARTH is in Pocora, Limon. It specializes in agriculture and the environment. It enrols approximately 400-500 students. It attracts a whole range of nationalities including North Americans and British interns who often study at the university for a semester to a year.
- Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica (UNEM): The Business University of Costa Rica is a private university. UNEM is an institution of higher learning in Costa Rica. This university is listed in the UNESCO International Association of Universities Directory of Higher Education. UNEM is authorized by the Asesoria Legal del Ministerio de Educación No. ATJ-167-CONESUP to operate internationally, to offer international programs, and to grant bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees with agreements with foreign universities. Even though it offers graduate programs, this institution is only a teaching university with no research function.
- Universidad Hispanoamerica is a private university based in San Jose with campuses in several other cities including Cartago and Heredia. Like other private universities it is only a teaching university, with no research conducted at the institution.
- Universidad de La Salle (ULaSalle) is a private Catholic university in Costa Rica. The university is accredited by Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada and recognized by the Ministry of Education. ULaSalle has four faculties in Administration, Law, Education and Psychology, offers programs to grant bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, as well as Chairs of Human Rights, Bioethics and St. John Baptist de La Salle, Research and Extension Programs.
- Universidad Latina (ULatina) is a private university in Costa Rica. The university has several campuses around Costa Rica, although the main campus is in San Pedro, San José. Like most, if not all, private universities in Costa Rica it has remained solely as a teaching university. It does not have an admission exam and even admits students who have not passed the "Bachillerato" exams (education exams high school students must pass to graduate).
- Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (SJDLC) is a private university in Costa Rica. The university is accredited by Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada and recognized by the Ministry of Education. SLDLC offers courses in criminal justice, business, law, accounting and technology through campus and distance learning programs.
- The University for Peace was created in 1980 by the United Nations "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations." It is the only university in the UN family able to grant degrees and it has eight master's programs related to conflict resolution and peace building. Its main campus is in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica, about 40 minutes outside of San Jose.
- Universidad de Costa Rica
- Universidad Americana
- U CENFOTEC
- Universidad EARTH
- The Business University of Costa Rica
- Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica
- Universidad Hispanoamerica Archived 2006-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
- ULaSalle Universidad de La Salle
- SJDLC Universidad San Juan de la Cruz
- University for Peace