For the seventh year in a row, Costa Rica is the most popular destination for U.S. study abroad students in Latin America. Costa Rica is in the Top 10 list of preferred countries to study abroad for students from the United States, according to the 2020 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange, released today.
In this period reported by Open Doors (2018/2019), Costa Rica received 8,333 students from the U.S. and it is the only Latin American country in the top 10 list, followed by Mexico in the 11th position receiving 6,340 U.S. students, and Perú in the 19th position with 4,041 U.S. students.
The Costa Rican education system is recognized as one of the best in the Americas, being Costa Rica the holder of one of the highest rates of literacy, educational coverage, and public spending in education in Latin America, and the best in Central America.
According to information collected by globalEdu members, international students say that they also choose Costa Rica for it's high prestige as a green country with beautiful sites to visit during their stay, because of its peace culture and security, and for the opportunities they get to interact and get involved with the community and the "Pura Vida" way of life.
The rest of the world
European countries remain the most popular destination for U.S. students, hosting over 193,000 students and accounting for more than half (56%) of all U.S. study abroad. Latin America and the Caribbean remains the second most popular region for study abroad, hosting 14%, while Asia, the third most popular region, hosted almost 12%.
The 2020 Open Doors report, released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE), provides a critical baseline on the state of international educational exchange prior to the impacts of the COVID-19