Applying to ICADS is easy! Just follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to an unforgettable experience.


Our online application makes the process quick and easy.

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Send Documents

Send us 1 official transcript and 2 letters of recommendation

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Receive Confirmation

We will contact you with an admissions decision within 2 weeks of receving your application materials.

2017 Costs

  • Program
  • Semester Internship
  • Field Program
  • Language & Society
  • Gap Semester
  • Summer Internship
  • Intensive Spanish
  • Tuition1
  • 12,150
  • 12,150
  • 12,150
  • 12,150
  • 4,875
  • 1,990/1,790*
  • Deposit2
  • 500
  • 500
  • 500
  • 500
  • 500
  • 300
  • 1 All fees include airport pick-up, classes, books, room and partial board, laundry service. Where applicable, fees also include round-trip transportation to Nicaragua, internship sites, and field placements. Price does not include round-trip airfare to San José, transportation to airport for return flight, or country exit taxes.
  • 2 This non-refundable deposit is applied to the cost of tuition. The balance of the payment will be due upon arrival to Costa Rica.
  • * High season (Jan-Feb, May-July, Sep-Oct)/Low Season (Mar-Apr, Aug, Nov-Dec)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available through ICADS and outside sources. Download the following documents for more information.

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    ICADS need-based financial aid

    To download click HERE

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    ICADS Merit Scholarships

    To download click HERE

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    Other Scholarships

    To download click HERE


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    Semester Programs, 2017

    SPRING: January 30 – May 5
    FALL: September 4 – December 8

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    Summer Internship

    Dates: June 5 – August 11

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    Spanish Intensives, 2017

    • January 2-27
    • February: January 30-February 24
    • March 6-31
    • April 3-28
    • May 8- June 2
    • June 5 – 30
    • July 3-28
    • August 7-Sept 1
    • September 4-29
    • October 2-27
    • November: Oct 30 – Nov 24
    • December: Nov 27-Dec 15 (3 weeks)


ICADS will issue transcripts for all of our semester length programs. Most schools will accept an ICADS transcript, but you should check with your registrar before you come, and contact us with any questions.

In the event that an ICADS transcript is not sufficient, ICADS school of record, Hampshire College, can issue a Hampshire Transcript for a fee of $300.

ICADS suggests 15 credits for our semester length programs. Credit is typically not granted for our Summer Internship Program, however we are glad to discuss credit possibilities with your univeristy.


Students from any academic discipline are welcome to apply. We do recommend at least 2 semesters of college Spanish prior to the program. If you don’t have any Spanish experience, you are welcome to come a month before the semester begins and get a head start. Contact us for details.


We have a rolling admissions process and welcome applications year round. However, for priority consideration, we recommend sending applications that for Spring programs by October 1, and applications for Fall programs by April 1.