The capital, San José, is located 3,500 feet above sea level. Temperatures
range from the 60’s at night to high 80’s in the early afternoon,
year round. There are two seasons: rainy (May-November) and dry (December-April).
The heaviest rains are in September and October. Even during rainy season
most mornings are bright and sunny with rain in the afternoon.
I attended the Institute in 2006 for a month when I was studying abroad in Costa Rica
through the Latin America Studies Program (LASP) with Anthony Chamberlain.
My courses at the Institute were an invaluable help for me as I transitioned from learning Spanish in the classroom setting to speaking with native-speakers. I still remember many of the things I learned from those classes.