Costa Rica: information for prospective students - Bienvenidos!
The University of York has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 20,000 plus students over 5,500 are from outside the UK, representing more than 150 countries. At York, you'll be sure to have an international educational experience! See why the choice is York
Get a taste of studying in York through our free online taster courses and open access short online courses. Develop your English language and a number of other skills, and get the opportunity to interact with our student community.
Studying with us at the moment we have 332 students from North America.
They're studying a range of subjects including Women's Studies, Economics, Environment and Geography, Politics and Chemistry.
Jenny is our Regional Manager for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Please don’t hesitate to contact her with any queries you might have about studying here.
Book an online appointment with Jenny
Jenny Gonzalez Hogg
Regional Manager for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa
Funding, scholarships and loans
We offer a number of scholarships and funding opportunities for international students:
- Undergraduate funding, scholarships and loans
- Postgraduate taught funding, scholarships and loans
- Research degree funding, scholarships and loans
We award many international scholarships every year, recognising achievement by applying a tuition fee discount:
Country-specific funding and supportCONAPE - educational loans for overseas study.
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto República de Costa Rica - support and coordination of scholarships.
Other sources of funding
There are a number of external funding bodies that exist to support study in the UK. Government departments, international agencies, charitable organisations and private companies may also be able to provide financial support for certain subject areas. If there is a local British Council office near you they can provide up-to-date advice on what is available for your country and you can search for scholarships online.
If you're studying the Bachiller en la Enseñanza Media, you'll need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be A levels, the International Baccalaureate or a recognised foundation course.
US High School curriculum
If you are taking the US High School curriculum, please see our US undergraduate entry requirements.
Other post school qualifications may be considered for entry to York on a case by case basis.
Visit the course pages for details of the entry requirements specific to your chosen course. Some courses also have additional requirements such as work experience or submission of written work.
Postgraduate taught courses
For a postgraduate taught course such as a Masters, you would normally need a Licenciado (four years in duration) from a public higher education institution. Qualifications awarded by private higher education institutions will be considered on a case by case basis
Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course.
- A score of 8 out of 10 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
- A score of 7.5 out of 10 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2.
For a research degree such as an MPhil or a PhD, you would normally need a bachelors degree plus either a Masters degree in a relevant subject or some experience of conducting research.
Visit the course page for details of the entry requirements specific to your chosen course. Some courses also have additional entry requirements such as work experience or submission of written work.
English language requirements vary by academic department.
- Undergraduate study English language requirements
- Postgraduate Taught English language requirements
- Postgraduate Research English language requirements
English language support
We can help you with your English language skills both before and during your studies.
Find out how much our courses cost:
Living costs and additional expenses
Use our living cost guides to plan your budget:
To apply to York, you will need to complete an application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
Apply for an undergraduate course
You can apply online for taught Masters courses and research degrees. You can apply all year round in most cases but we recommend that you apply as early as possible due to competition for places and funding application deadlines.
Apply for a postgraduate taught course
Meet us in your country
We don't have any upcoming visits planned to your country at the moment.
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We don't currently have any authorised agents in Costa Rica. However, you can seek advice from the British Council in Costa Rica.
Read our pre-arrival checklist and find out everything you need to know to help make your journey to York as easy as possible.
If you're travelling to the UK by plane, you can book your place on our free airport collection service from Manchester airport.
There are over 180 social, cultural and religious student-led societies that you can join at York including the International Students' Association (ISA).
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