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  • Livin' La Pura Vida

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Studying abroad in Costa Rica gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in an entirely new culture. The Ticos, what the Costa Ricans refer to themselves as, live by the motto "Pura Vida", or Pure Life. Staying with a Tico family for a month allowed me to…

  • Credit: Harry Liu
  • Major: Undecided
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Rooftops of San Jose

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    One of the highlights of my time in Costa Rica was receiving a bird's eye view of the city of San Jose. This picture highlights the differences between my view of Costa Rica and the view out the window of my dorm at Duke. At the beginning…

  • Credit: Anna Balas
  • Major: Environmental Science and Policy
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Keeping the “Rica” in Costa Rica

  • At first glance, this scene embodies the harmonious blending of humanity and nature in a picturesque end to another day. Given that a great point of pride for Costa Ricans is their homeland’s claim to biodiversity fame, this may not be surprising. However, once I dug past the pristine reputation of…

  • Credit: Briana Acosta
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Pura Vida Mae

    Dear Global Education Office:

    The Duke in Costa Rica program is one of the highlights of my time at Duke.  It was incredibly formative for my international perspective, especially of a region (Latin America) that is not studied much in a traditional American school curriculum.  Furthermore, my host…

  • Credit: William Rooney
  • Major: Economics and Philosophy (Spanish minor)
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Family reunion in Costa Rica

  • Family reunion in Costa Rica

    Dear Global Education Office:

    Like most students, I began my trip to Costa Rica full of racing thoughts and hopes, still lacking any idea of what to expect. I could never have imagined that this trip would turn out the way it did. The connections formed…

  • Credit: Dayton Grogan
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Costa Rica, Duke in Costa Rica
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain