How to Apply

Applying to CEI-Costa Rica

In order to be admitted to a CEI program, you must provide the following:

• The complete application and required forms.
• The $50 application deposit, per program, paid by credit or debit card. The deposit will be applied toward your program fees. Please review our cancellation policy for more details about the deposit. Please note, once submitted, the $50 application deposit is non-refundable.
• A college transcript for each institution you have attended. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.

Preparing for your application includes doing the following:

• Health Clearance Forms. A complete physical with doctor confirmation that you are fit to go abroad.
• Letters of Recommendation. Ask your favorite professors and mentors if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. Professors are used to writing recommendation letters, and will probably have a generic letter that they can use. I your personal statement is already done, give them a copy along with anything else you think might help them get a better picture of who you are and why you want to go abroad.
• Possible For-Credit Course Selections. (If you require College Credits and/or financial aid to attend CEI) Make sure you’ve looked at your progress toward graduation. Compare classes from your host school’s course catalogue with those classes you’ll need to complete your major/ minor and fulfill general requirements, and also identify classes that generally seem compatible.*

*Suggestions for your home institution’s financial aid and credit request essay/applications:

• Explain your reasons for studying abroad. Include why you want to go abroad, what originally interested you in going abroad, along with anything else that seems relevant.
• Explain how going to class in a different culture will expand your capacity to learn and interpret new information. Let them know you’ll be able to complete certain requirements for your major or just make progress toward your degree in general. Be sure to mention if there are classes offered at CEI that aren’t available at your home school.
• Go into depth about why you chose CEI. You may identify factors such as cultural exchange, Latin America region, language immersion, or other interests. The more sincere and direct you are about why you want to go, the more likely your institution will approve your financial aid and academic credit applications.
• Don’t forget to include personal reasons and interests as well. You still need to be selective in what you write – the study abroad admissions office will need to see that you’re mature enough to study in another country, but don’t be afraid to go beyond academics, any supporting personal interests are also important features to share.
• End the essay with a strong closing paragraph. Express interest in learning about local culture, getting an education not only in terms of academics but in life as well. Be specific and explain your desire to pursue those interests and hobbies that you’ve picked up in college and in life in a foreign country.