The various academic units, research centers, laboratories, and experimental stations of the University of Costa Rica offer, throughout the year, a large variety of courses and modular training programs that allow university students and the public at large to get knowledge to improve their education and quality of life, without, in many cases, any academic requirements. Below are some of the course and special program options:
It started in May 2001 at the Centro de Informática [Informatics Center] as a specialized technical training program which, through an online learning system (e-learning) and hands-on labs, provides students the necessary skills in the field of communication technologies and networks through the Internet. The Academy offers the following courses and programs:
The Academy teaches these courses in new and modern facilities located in the CATTECU building. The IT Essentials and CCNA modules are also taught at the Liberia (Guanacaste) Campus. Students may take the electronic certification exams as well.
The National Material and Structural Model Laboratory (LANAMME) every year offers a variety of training options for technicians and professionals in the areas described below:
In addition to the wide variety of training courses, LANAMME gives talks on technical specifications and hosts national and international seminars on a regular basis.
For more information, contact the National Material and Structural Model Laboratory (LANAMME), visit its Facebook profile Lanamme-UCR, call at (506) 2511-2519, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Laboratory of Metrology, Standardization, and Quality (LABCAL) trains local industry technicians and professionals on relevant topics in Metrology and on quality systems to manage the metrological control in an organization.
The Laboratory teaches the Program on Metrology, which consists of two blocks in which students take an introductory course on Metrology, as well as courses on the International Units System, the interpretation and use of calibration certificates, and the uncertainty of measurements and estimation, among others.
Besides, the LABCAL teaches complementary courses, including density, photometry, pressure, electrical variables, volume, and dimensions. LABCAL belongs to the Engineering Research Institute (INII).
For more information, contact LABCAL, call (506) 2511-5553, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Modern Languages offers courses in English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and German for people over 18 years old (over 14 years in the case of Japanese), both bi-monthly (10 weeks) and quarterly (13 weeks).
At the end of each level, students receive a certificate of achievement.
The enrollment process takes place at the House of Languages, located 50 meters north of the Law School. It is an old light blue house with internal access through the Rodrigo Facio Campus.
For more information, contact the Programa Cursos de Conversación, call (506) 2511-8415 (School of Arts) or 2511-1952 (House of Languages), or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Geared toward active University of Costa Rica students and employees, this program provides an opportunity to learn and improve communication skills in the English language at different levels: beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced. It also offers optional courses.
The program is taught in the working areas of Arts and Letters, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Basic Sciences, Agrifood Sciences, and Engineering. There is a separate course for University employees. Each course lasts 10 weeks, and the entire program lasts around 3 years. At the end of each module, students receive a certificate for having met the course requirements.
Courses are held in front of the School of Medicine, next to Geotechnologies, in a two-story house, in San Pedro de Montes de Oca.
For more information, contact English by Areas, visit the Facebook profile InglesxareasUCR, call (506) 2511-8449, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Costa Rica offers an Outreach Program on Chinese Culture, by means of which it teaches Mandarin Chinese and culture to the general public under the international HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) certification of the Confucius Chinese Institute.
Regular courses are taught in semesters at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels, each consisting of four courses for a total of 12 courses for the full program. Upon completion of each level, the student receives a certificate from the Vice Presidency of Social Affairs of the University of Costa Rica.
The Institute also teaches short five-week courses, including practical Chinese for beginners, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese food, and tai chi.
For people whose skills in the Spanish language do not allow them to meet their communication needs when speaking and writing, the School of Philology, Linguistics, and Literature offers a Spanish Program for Foreigners.
It provides intensive courses to develop their conversational skills, as well as composition, literature, and Latin American culture. It also teaches customized classes to particular groups.
For more information, visit the site Spanish for Foreigners, call (506) 2511-8430 or 2511-8377, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The School of Philology, Linguistics, and Literature makes available to the public at large a wide variety of courses geared towards improving the communication skills needed to perform in society.
Through the Continuing Education Program in Language Arts and Literature, the School teaches courses in writing, speaking, literature, mythology, and speech analysis. It also offers customized courses for institutions based on the needs and possibilities of the participants.
For more information, contact the School of Philology, Linguistics, and Literature, visit the Facebook profile Filología, Lingüística y Literatura, UCR, call (506) 2511-4441, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Arts offers a wide variety of courses for children, adolescents, and adults, with or without prior knowledge of Art. In its Continuing Education Program, the School has the following options:
For more information visit the School of Arts, join the Facebook profile Escuela de Artes Plásticas, UCR, call (506) 2511-4467 or 2511-4031, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The School of Music offers the general public many programs, courses, workshops, lectures, master classes, and conferences through the following Educational Outreach Projects:
For more information visit the School of Music, call (506) 2511-5565 or 2511-5042, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through its Educational Outreach Program, the School of Nursing seeks to promote people’s health by means of a wide range of training courses addressed to students, professionals, and community members on issues related to the promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation of persons in their different life cycles. These courses are described below:
The School of Nutrition offers courses, workshops, lectures, and other educational activities to promote healthy lifestyles. Through its Nutrition Education and Care Program (PREANU), the School proposes and implements educational methodologies to improve the quality of life of people through good eating habits. It also provides nutritional consultation services to individuals and groups. This program is dedicated to Clinical Nutrition focused on pediatric and adolescent patients, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular and digestive disorders, in addition to programs such as “Lose Weight while Eating Healthily”, “Counseling for Nursing Mothers”, and “Nutrition Traveling Classroom”.
For more information, contact the School of Nutrition, refer to the Facebook profile PREANU/ Programa de Educación y Atención Nutricional Universitario, UCR,call telephone number 2511-2166, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The School of Health Technologies offers the general public the following programs for training medical emergency assistants and technicians.
Within its academic offer, this School also has a number of degrees for technicians in areas such as Dissection, Electrocardiography, Electroencephalography, Gastroenterology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Urology y Medical Emergencies.
For more information, contact the School of Health Technologies, visit the Facebook profile Escuela de Tecnologías en Salud UCR call telephone number 2511-4493, or send an e-mail to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By means of the Auxiliary Staff Program, the College of Dentistry trains Specialized Technicians in Dental Assistance to perform different functions within the dental profession and to respond to needs of dental professionals, both in private practice and in public institutions. The program provides a complete and rapid training that enables students to enter the labor market in a short time.
With the purpose of training professionals who assist chemical and clinical microbiologists in the diagnosis process the School of Microbiology offers a Laboratory Assistant Diploma that provides academic and practical training in accordance with employment projections. Through its curriculum, the School encourages the development of students’ skills and abilities for the collection, processing, and analysis of biological samples in the areas of Microbiology, Parasitology, and Clinical Analysis.
The Institute of Health Research (INISA)provides a course on breastfeeding and feeding infants during the first year of life that addresses the benefits of and outlines a series of tips for successful breastfeeding. The course is aimed at mothers interested in learning about breastfeeding, and at professionals who are responsible for tasks related to nutrition and health.
The INISA developed this course as part of the Project for the Promotion of Breastfeeding and Feeding of Infants under One Year Old.
The National Center for Food Science and Technology (CITA) gives continuous training programs in order to promote professional development and transfer of the technologies and knowledge it develops, and to support companies in implementing quality management and food safety systems.
CITA provides training in the following modalities:
CITA also offers an annual open course program in both modalities for the general public and develops training solutions that are specific for each company, according to specific requirements such as time availability, education level, and number of employees.
Since 1974, the School of Public Administration has been an academic space par excellence for the training of professionals with skills to work in the national and international level in the disciplines of Public Administration, Customs Administration, and Foreign Trade. After a pre-screening Aptitude Test, university community members may get a diploma on:
Since 1976, the Center for Research and Training in Public Administration (CICAP) has been a multidisciplinary research and training unit. It offers a wide range of seminars and short courses such as an Update on Administrative Procurement, Logistics Management, Conflict Management, and Negotiation for Senior and Middle Management, ACR: Root Cause Analysis and Nonconformity Management, Administrative Hiring, Strategic Planning and Corporate Risk Intelligence, Project Formulation, Implementation of Activities with an Approach from Public Relations, Training of Department Heads, and Internal Control in the Public Sector. It also offers Technical Programs:
For more information, contact CICAP, CICAP, located on the premises of the CATTECU building, visit the Facebook profile CICAP Centro de Investigación y Capacitación en Administración Pública, UCR, or call (506) 2511-3762 or 2511-3763.
The External Linkages Unit of the School of Economics develops Training, Programs, and Professional Consulting and Updating for professionals, university and technical program graduates, and to the general public interested in acquiring knowledge, skills, or abilities that meet their needs and the demands of the labor market in which they operate. Currently, the School offers several programs among which are:
The School of Economics also offers the following programs: technician on economic assessment of projects; financial and operational risks for members of boards of directors and risk committees; personal finances; technician on operational risks, and technician on insurance. It also offers consulting, accreditation, and training according to the needs of each company or institution. For more information, contact the the School of Economics, call 2511-6499 or 2511-6524 or send an e-mail to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Center for Research and Policy Studies (CIEP) offers continuing education courses and workshops that are open to the general public on a regular basis. These have as their starting point the various research projects developed by the Center and are taught by the professors in charge of research projects.
The School of Collective Communication Sciences provides courses for students, faculty, alumni, graduates, and the public at large through its Extension and Continuing Education Program for Teachers, among which are:
The courses are taught every year especially during holiday periods: January to February and July to August.
For more information, contact the School of Collective Communication, visit the Facebook profileEscuela Ciencias de la Comunicación Colectiva, call (506) 2511-6465, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Through its Continuing Education Program, the School of Psychology promotes the planning and implementation of training activities for the University and the national community. The School organizes courses and specialized training and educational workshops, seminars, and symposia for professional development. It also opens opportunities for discussion, critical thinking, and social communication such as panels, lectures, round tables, and exhibitions. These activities and spaces allow participants to acquire new knowledge and information regarding various areas of psychology, social issues, and relevant topics of interest.
La The School for Parents began in 2008 as a Project of the Teacher Extension Institute on Psychological Research (IIP) at the University of Costa Rica in order to transmit and deliver to the Costa Rican community training based on everyday needs and daily issues, pertaining to the development of children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens.
The School fosters a space for interaction and exchange between professionals of the Institute, mothers and fathers, caregivers, as well as the general public, covering topics such as:
In order to provide people with intellectual disabilities opportunities for active participation in the university to foster a better quality of life, greater educational opportunities and learning, the Project for the Inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (PROIN) offers courses for people with intellectual disabilities, who are of legal age and graduated from the formal education system.
The project offers varietyin academic, recreational, and sports related free courses taught by volunteer teachers. In addition, they teach the course Knowing Disabilities which seeks to train students in the area of disabilities through lectures and presentations by experts on the topic.
The School of Counseling and Special Education and the Regional Resource Program for the Deaf (Progreso) offer courses in Costa Rican Sign Language (LESCO). The courses are aimed at teachers, professionals, family members, or the general public, over 18, who are directly related to, or who work with, deaf people. The Costa Rican Civil Service recognizes the courses. Classes are taught by deaf people specialized in teaching LESCO.
For more information visit the facilities of Progreso, located in front of the Confucius Institute at the Rodrigo Facio University Campus, call telephone number 2511-4160, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Teacher Education of the College of Education provides remedial courses for academic make-up tests for high school and for the high school diploma of the Ministry of Public Education in areas such as Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish, French, English, Civics, and Science.
Classes are conducted by university students of the schools of Teacher Training, Counseling and Special Education and Modern Languages, who participate in the Community Outreach Project of the University (TCU) "Complementary Education Services." This project began in 1999 with the purpose of supporting the high school community of the Metropolitan Area in their formation processes and overcoming their academic difficulties.
Through its Continuing Education Program, the School of Humanities teaches every year during the months of January and July, a wide variety of free courses for the general public. The offer is broad, and it includes theoretical and practical courses in areas such as administration, agriculture, art, calligraphy, singing, map making, cooking, assertive communication, dancing, self defense, drawing, photography, history, emotional intelligence, mathematics, mountaineering, music, painting, ufology, and yoga.
The Institutional Program for Adults and Senior Citizens (PIAM) offers regular and specific courses. Regular courses are courses taught by the Academic Units of the University, in which people over 50 spend time with students registered in majors such as History, Geography, Architecture, Philosophy, Modern Languages, and Food Technology, among others. On the other hand, specific courses are offered in the following modules:
In addition, all interested parties can participate in cultural groups on drama, storytelling, and chorus.
Classes begin in March and August each year, when the regular courses of the University begin.
For more information, contact Comprehensive Program for Adults and Senior Citizens, located from the Fuente de la Hispanidad 100 meters east and 25 meters north, call (506) 2234-8492 or 2511-1500, or send an e-mail to email@example.com .
The Regional Museum of San Ramon was created in 1986 as a project of the Community Outreach Program of the University (TCU) at the western campus of the University of Costa Rica. Currently, a variety of courses are offered, such as workshops and activities for children, adolescents, and adults from the nearby communities. Among others, free courses on oil painting and metalwork, poetry workshops, painting, aerobics, pilates and popular dancing, and forums on a variety of topics of interest are include as well.
For more information, contact the Regional Museum of San Ramon, located across the north side of the Central Park in San Ramon, visit the Facebook profile San Ramón Museo, or call telephone number 2447-7137.
The Mountaineering Club of the University of Costa Rica provides lectures and develops theoretical and practical introductory courses for anyone interested on this subject, such as:
If you want to incorporate into this section free and diploma courses offered by your Academic Unit, please call 2511-1167 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .