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IFSA-Butler: Universidad Nacional

Heredia, Costa Rica




MU students who attend an IFSA-Butler semester, academic year or calendar year program will receive an automatic state school grant of $2,000.

Located in Heredia, Costa Rica, the Universidad Nacional combines excellent academics with extensive opportunities to get involved in campus life and the surrounding community. You will enjoy being part of an exciting and diverse student population and can get involved in the many campus groups and activities available. The Universidad Nacional also offers two special concentrations that focus on teach education and environmental studies. If you are interested in volunteering your time in Costa Rica, there are many opportunities to do so, and you can benefit greatly from the personal and academic enrichment you receive. During your time abroad, you will live with a carefully selected host family.

Visit the sponsor's program website for more information.


Program budget

Consult the affiliate program website for a current budget.

Students on most MU affiliated programs are billed for 13 MU credit hours for a semester (six for summer) according to the regular MU billing schedule. Regular MU tuition is paid directly to MU, and then is forwarded by the International Center to the affiliated program sponsor on the student's behalf. Non-Missouri resident students are assessed non-resident tuition fees, which are not forwarded to the affiliated program. Students pay any costs beyond the MU educational fees directly to the affiliated program sponsor. For more information, see the Affiliated Program Billing Worksheet. (Undergraduate participants on the CIMBA program should speak with their study abroad adviser regarding program billing.)

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline* Program Start Program End
Academic Year 2018 02/15/2018 07/17/2018 06/16/2019
Fall 2018 02/15/2018 07/17/2018 11/17/2018
Calendar Year 2019 09/20/2018
Spring 2019 09/20/2018 02/05/2019 06/15/2019
Fall 2019 02/15/2019
Academic Year 2019 02/15/2019

* Note that the application and decision dates above are for MU requirements. Affiliated programs will have their own application deadlines.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

Affiliate requirements

All students studying abroad on an MU affiliated program must both apply directly to the program sponsor and complete all MU requirements (outlined below) for study abroad. Visit the affiliated program website for more information about their application requirements.

MU requirements

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student. Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete the MU requirements. There will be several documents that need to be completed, including:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials, such as the Course Proposal for Study Abroad PDF link.
    • Signature documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Application questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
  4. Participants in MU affiliated programs who plan to apply financial aid to the cost of their program must submit a completed Financial Planning Worksheet to the Office of Student Financial Aid.