Residential Life

Host Families

In an unscripted environment, students interact with Costa Rican culture and the Spanish language and, while learning to apply their co-curricular knowledge. All host families are evaluated and guided by the UWC CR staff to ensure a safe environment for our students. Of all their experiences acquired, students overwhelmingly praise the memories, the moments of learning firsthand about sustainable development, and the irreplaceable real-life lessons learned in the Host Family Program. 

Apply to become a Host Family

Students wish to learn about Costa Rican culture while they interact in their spare time with families that provide support and allow them to feel that they are part of a meaningful local community while away from home.


  • Costa Rican families or residents in the country.
  • That they live in the GAM or Central Valley.
  • Interested in experiences of cultural exchange with young people.
  • Prior interview with the program coordinator.
If you and your family wish to participate in this program, send your information (name, email address, telephone number, and place of residence) to the following email address: or call the number 2282-5609 ext. 120 and 148.

Read more about Finding Home at UWC Costa Rica here.

Outreach & Innovation

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  • Programs for Schools

    Looking for an experiential education opportunity in nature for your class?  Join us on a full-day immersive program specially tailored for your class. 
    • Dates: May, June, and July 2021 
    • Ages: 14 to 17 years old
    • Groups: up to 30 people 
    • Language: English, Spanish, others upon request. 
    Price: Contact us for a special quote
  • Rentals

    Young people from all over the world, high school and university level,  come every year to participate in our programs or as part of the rental strategy. 
  • Summer 2021 Immersive Residency

    This summer, join us on a 10-day immersive program for young people from all over the world! 

    The 360° Sustainability Experience: Immersive Residency is the brand new program created by UWC Costa Rica in collaboration with Grounded In Motion for this summer 21'.
    • Dates: 2nd-11th July 2021
    • Ages: 14 to 17 years old
    • Prices: $2000 
    • (Discounts and financial support available)
    In this summer residency you will:
    • Be immersed in sensory experience, that makes tangible the interconnectedness of the human reality with the wilderness
    • Reflect on your own personal relationship with nature
    • Awake your sense of stewardship for the natural world, to become an ambassador of sustainability

From the southeast corner of the Catholic Church, 400 meters north
San José, Santa Ana 10901
Phone: (+506) 2282 5609
United World College Costa Rica is a non-profit foundation offering a two-year residential pre-university program focused on experiential learning. Our mission is to educate a diverse group of people to become happy, healthy and committed individuals, capable through their leadership and engagement, of fostering positive change in their communities in order to contribute to achieving a more sustainable and peaceful world.