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.

Residential Life List

List of 3 items.

  • Host Families

    Our  Host Family Program gives students the opportunity to expand their learning beyond the UWC CR campus to the nearby community of Santa Ana. The Program puts students in direct contact with Costa Rican society in general.
  • Tutor Program

    The tutoring program at UWC Costa Rica ensures that each student is part of a smaller group of peers overseen by an adult mentor on campus. The tutors get to know each of their groups well, taking them on outings and organizing bonding events such as dinners, games, or ice-cream trips. 
  • Wellness Team

    The wellness program ensures that students live with balance and attention to their wellbeing, both physical and mental. Licensed psychologists on staff, as well as an on-call medical team, ensure that students are both safe and informed about how to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles.
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.