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Costa Rica Community College Fair – April 19-21, 2018

Join Us to Explore the Market in Costa Rica for U.S. Community Colleges

The U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica and EducationUSA invite appropriately accredited U.S. community colleges1 to participate in the third edition of the Costa Rica Community College Education Fair, to take place in San Jose, Costa Rica, April 19-21, 2018. This follows a successful Community College Fair that took place in April 2017, showcasing 17 accredited community colleges from across the United States. This is an opportunity for representatives of U.S. community colleges to explore the market in Costa Rica and make connections with students, parents, high school counselors, and other important contacts to recruit Costa Rican students to your schools.

Meet Students and Potential Partners
The fairs will connect U.S. community colleges directly with prospective students, their parents, and high school counselors in the market. The program will include:

§ Three visits to high schools in San Jose for the Community College Fairs (over 600 students expected)

§ An afternoon briefing on the higher education system in Costa Rica, presented by Costa Rica government officials

§ Networking meeting with high school counselors

§ An Open Education Fair with students and parents, to take place on Saturday, April 29th

§ Optional cultural event

§ Transportation services to and from the airport and some meals are included

Why Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is a strong market for attracting community college students who want to study in the U.S. The U.S. and Costa Rica enjoy a good relationship, with the U.S. being Costa Rica’s main trading partner. The Costa Rican economy has enjoyed steady economic growth over the past 25 years, with GDP expected to grow 4.2% in 2016. Per the latest Open Doors report, 95,376 international students studied at U.S. community colleges in 2015-2016, up 1.4% from 2014-2015.

The Costa Rican market is especially suited for U.S. community colleges due to the affordability of these programs. The U.S. community colleges best suited to attract Costa Rican students will offer a university transfer program (2+2 program), existing international admissions program, and dorms or housing.

*This program is designed for appropriately accredited U.S. community colleges with tuition fees at $15,000 or less, per year.

Dates: April 19-21, 2018
*Participants to arrive in Costa Rica on April 18th

Registration & Questions:
Contact: Stephanie Bethel
U.S. Commercial Service – Greensboro, NC
Email: Stephanie.Bethel@trade.gov
Phone: 336-333-5345

Participation Fee: $2050
Additional Participation Fee for extra community college representative: $1000

Expenses for travel, lodging, some meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each participant

For more information:
Stephanie Bethel
Stephanie.Bethel@trade.gov

Roy Fernandez
Roy.Fernandez@trade.gov

Marcia Herra
Marcia.Herra@centrocultural.cr


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