One Health Global Exchange Academy

Why Costa Rica?

Costa Rica stands out as a remarkable destination for healthcare education, drawing students and professionals from around the world. Several factors contribute to its reputation as an ideal place to pursue studies in the medical field.

Firstly, Costa Rica boasts a robust healthcare system that has garnered international acclaim. The country's emphasis on universal healthcare access and preventive medicine, ruled by its Constitution and executed through Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), provides a valuable learning environment for aspiring healthcare practitioners. Visiting students will have the opportunity to observe and learn from both public and private systems that prioritize patient well-being, holistic care, and innovative medical practices all as part of our Study Abroad Learning Experience.



Represents almost 6% of the total estimated species worldwide.


Protected biodiversity areas

More than 25% is occupied by the National Park System


Economic Growth

Costa Rica achieved seventh place in Latin America economic growth.


Schools & Colleges

Public and private schools/colleges throughout the territory.

Secondly, Costa Rica's commitment to biodiversity and conservation aligns with the growing global interest in integrative and natural healthcare approaches. Ranked #1 in the 2023 Happy Planet Index, the country's rich ecosystem provides a unique setting for studying botanical medicine, zoonotic diseases, antibiotic resistance, food safety and security, vector-borne diseases, environmental health, chronic diseases, mental health, and eco-therapy. This offers students a chance to explore alternative healing methods and deepen their understanding of the interplay between nature and health, a subject that is known today as One Health.

Furthermore, Costa Rica's diverse population and range of medical challenges create a dynamic learning experience. From urban general hospitals to over 1000 primary care units (EBAIS) spread out in rural communities, students can gain insights into a wide spectrum of health disparities, infectious diseases, and cultural influences on healthcare practices. This exposure fosters adaptability, empathy, and cross-cultural competence—essential qualities for future healthcare leaders and highlighted objectives in our Study Abroad Learning Experience.

Costa Rica's reputation as a peaceful and stable nation adds to its allure as an educational destination. Students can focus on their studies without major safety concerns, allowing them to fully immerse themselves in their chosen healthcare disciplines. The country's welcoming and friendly atmosphere also enhances the overall learning experience, making it easier for students to form meaningful connections and collaborations.

Lastly, the presence of esteemed medical institutions and research centers in Costa Rica offers students valuable opportunities for hands-on training and mentorship. Collaborations with local professionals and researchers can open doors to projects that contribute to both academic growth and practical healthcare solutions.




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In conclusion, Costa Rica's exceptional healthcare system, emphasis on nature-based approaches, cultural diversity, safety, and academic opportunities make it a compelling destination for those seeking healthcare education.

Our Study Abroad Learning Experience, pursues that students in this vibrant and nurturing environment can equip themselves with a well-rounded perspective on healthcare, understand the main determinants of human health and get ready to make meaningful contributions to the field on a global scale.

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