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Courses and Special Programs

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:

    • IT Essentials: introductory course that includes the description of a computer’s internal components, the assembly of computer systems, the installation of operating systems, and troubleshooting using diagnostics software and system tools.
    • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate): Networks and Communications technician specialist in network design, installation, operation, and maintenance.
    • CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional): Networks and Communications Advanced Technician who spealizes in the implementation and maintenance of service and application integrated networks.
    • CCNA Security: complementary course that deepens in the design, implementation, and support of network security.

    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.

    For more information, contact the UCR-Cisco Networking Academy, visit its Facebook profile UCR-Cisco Networking Academy, call (506) 2511-1825 or send an e-mail to .

  • 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:

    • Planning and Management: LANAMME teaches courses on the implementation of the road management system based on the AASHTO Transportation Asset Management Standard. It includes basic concepts, metrology, and specifications of the International Roughness Index (IRI) and a hands-on workshop on the use and analysis of data generated by the national roal system evaluation projects and the concession projects.
    • Municipal Management: in this area, LANAMME offers courses in microenterprise management, rural road management, bridge maintenance, workshops for municipal auditors and regional workshops that get to the communities thanks to the coordination with the Research and Political Studies Center (CIEP) of the University of Costa Rica.
    • Hydraulics for Roads: LANAMME provides training to technicians and professionals in the hydraulic design of storm drains.
    • Pavement Materials: these courses deal with warm mix asphalt concrete (WMA) and reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), stabilized base construction and specifications, quality control of asphalt emulsions, lab asphalt modification, modified asphalt analysis, and advanced characterization of materials. Moreover, it offers workshops on superpave design, emulsion-stabilized bases, and slurry seals. It also organizes Research Conference to provide updated information on the research developed in this field through the Transportation Infrastructure Research Program (PITRA).
    • Road Safety:these are training courses on geometric design, road safety elements and specifications, and road safety for municipalities.
    • Bridges: LANAMME offers training on bridge inspection and maintenance, as well as introductory courses on road design and inspection.
    • Geotechnics: LANAMME teaches courses on the geologic characterization of road construction aggregates, erosion control, slope protection, water management, and basic principles of road geotechnics.
    • Civil Area: in this field, training includes fresh concrete, aggregate, and strength, masonry, construction steel mechanical tests, and non-destructive tests.
    • Metrology: LANAMME teaches courses that focus on metrology, magnitude, and force.
    • Masonry School: Created in November 2012 thanks to a joint effort between the academia and private companies, the LANAMME Masonry School is a pioneer in the certification of engineers and construction foremen of various academic levels in areas such as construction and inspection of concrete masonry systems and technical specifications.
    • Inspection of Road Works: LANAMME offers training courses on road safety for road inspectors and asphalt plant inspection, as well as training as road lab technician.  

    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 .

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 more information, contact Confucius Institute, visit the Facebook profile Instituto Confucio de la UCR, call (506) 2511-6870, or send an email to .

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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:

    • Courses for children: humorous drawing, creative sculpture, workshop on arts, creative printing workshop, and collage and design workshop, among others.
    • Courses for students over 12 years: watercolor painting, mixed techniques painting, basic drawing skills, portrait drawing, colored pencil drawing, digital photography, illustration, textile printing (silkscreen), basic ceramic techniques, and basic bookbinding, among others.
    • Courses for students over 18 years: Website creation, Cs6 Illustrator, Cs6 Photoshop, digital photography, history of fashion, history of art, history of fine jewelry, stained glass, oil painting, ceramics, leather goods, and basic drawing for students over 50 years, among others.

    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

  • The School of Music offers the general public many programs, courses, workshops, lectures, master classes, and conferences through the following Educational Outreach Projects:  

    • Continuing Education Program: it integrates courses and free workshops where the public can acquire, update, or deepen their musical knowledge. Each year, the School opens spaces where students and teachers can interact with great local and international artists.
    • Shaping Talent: : the Continuing Education Program offers courses in piano, classical guitar, jazz guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, Latin percussion, drums, violin, singing, and electric bass, as well as various musical aspects for children, adolescents, and adults who may acquire the basic tools of instrumental techniques. The entire program lasts two years, and a Certificate of Achievement is awarded to participants. Music for all also offers the musical initiation course for girls and boys.
    • Basic Stage: : Offers programs aimed at children and young people with skills and abilities for music in the fields of singing, brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, euphonium, horn), flute, clarinet, saxophone, percussion and guitar, strings (violin, viola, cello, and bass), oboe and bassoon. On the Basic Stage people acquire an appropriate level to continue university level music studies and a Certificate of Completion.
    • Seminar on Musical Composition: every year the School gives lectures, master classes, and concerts in order to enrich the training of Costa Rican composers and the musical environment of the country.

    For more information visit the School of Music, call (506) 2511-5565 or 2511-5042, or send an e-mail to

  • 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:

    For more information, contact the School of Nursing, visit the Facebook profile Enfermería, UCR, call telephone number 2511-2111, or send an e-mail to .

  • 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 .

  • The School of Health Technologies offers the general public the following programs for training medical emergency assistants and technicians.

    • Medical Emergency Assistant: principles and foundations of medical emergency care, laboratory, and supervised practice learning scenarios such as emergency rooms, delivery rooms, and ambulances. Duration of the whole program: 1 year.
    • ● Medical Emergency Technician: addressed to medical emergency assistants, it contemplates contents such as professional ethics, patient assessment, trauma emergencies, cardiorespiratory emergencies, and vehicle rescue techniques. In addition, students undertake supervised ambulance and emergency room practices. Duration of the whole program: 3 years.

    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 .

  • 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.

    For more information, contact the School of Dentistry, visit the Facebook profile Facultad de Odontología UCR, call (506) 2511-8080 or 2511-5482, or send an e-mail to

  • 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.

    For more information, contact the School of Microbiology, lcall (506) 2511-5571 or 2511-8511, or send an e-mail to

  • 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.

    For more information, contact the INISA, call telephone number 2511-3050, or send an e-mail to or to Dr. Lilliam Marín, .

  • 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:

    • Classroom Training:theoretical and practical training given by CITA instructors with wide experience in the topic. Classes are held at the Center's facilities or at the facilities of the company applying for the service. Among the courses offered under this category are "Theoretical-Practical Fundamentals for Optimal Boiler Management," "Product Development: Tools and Innovative Trends," and "Lead Auditor of Integrated Management Systems".
    • • Distance Learning, E-Learning Mode: remote web site training through Experienced tutors provide technical support via email, telephone, fax, chats, and forums. This mode includes courses such as "Food Safety and Food Handling," "Food Safety Promoter (PIA)," and "Food Safety Promoter (PIA) for the Dairy Industry."

    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.

    For more information, contact the National Center for Food Science and Technology(CITA), call telephone number 2511-8832, or send an e-mail to .

  • 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:

    • Public Administration: it seeks to train professionals who are able to organize, promote change processes, and manage the state and public interest organizations according to the interests and aspirations of the citizens and the national and global context.
    • Customs Administration:it seeks to train interdisciplinary professionals capable of assuming with responsibility the best execution of the work of the National Customs System in the public and private sectors.

    For more information see the School of Public Administration,visit the Facebook profile Escuela de Administración Pública-UCR o llamar al 2511-5660.

  • 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:

    • Market Research: it encompasses the development of knowledge, skills, and techniques for the design, management, and analysis of public market research to raise awareness on the requirements of users and customers of the organization.
    • Strategic Planning: it includes four modules that address the formulation of a strategic plan, the human factor in the strategy, management tools, and operational strategies. 
    • Public Budgeting: it provides theoretical and practical approaches to help improve performance in the Financial Management System of the organization.

    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:

    • Technical Program on Risk: it trains students and professionals who work in public and private institutions in the fields of financial, credit, operational, and insurance risks. During the program, the participants acquire information that facilitates efficient decision-making in the area of ​​risk, and, upon completion, they receive an official achievement diploma from the University of Costa Rica
    • Technical Training Program on the Stock Market:: the program discloses concepts, tools, and practical investment analysis in the stock market, facilitating the interpretation and understanding of the main factors that explain the behavior of these markets. It is aimed at professionals from public and private institutions working in departments related to the stock market and financial activity, including operators of investment funds, insurance, banking, and pension officials. The program grants an official achievement diploma issued by the University.
    • Seminar on Pricing:: this seminar addresses pricing issues including marginal costs and short-term income, as well as long-term growth and investment in capital goods. It is aimed at professionals with at least a university degree or an equivalent degree from abroad.  It grants a certificate of achievement issued by the institution.
    • Economics for Non Economists:: it seeks to instruct participants in the theoretical and applied knowledge of economics at an introductory level, covering theoretical and practical aspects of the economy, combined with exercise solving and real data analysis. The minimum requirement to participate is to have at least a B.A. degree from the university or an equivalent degree obtained abroad. Upon completion of the program, participants receive an official certificate of achievement issued by the University.

    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  or to .

  • 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.   

    For more information, contact the CIEP, visit the Facebook profile CIEP UCR, call telephone number 2511-6376, or send an e-mail to  

  • 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:

    • Etiquette and Protocol:it is designed for officials who play a leadership role in institutions or companies. This course is necessary for people who are responsible for organizing events and who have an important role with national or foreign public spheres or in different social sectors.
    • Creative Layout for Publications:work is done with programs like Indesign to print materials. People can make text and photo montages for creative and simple publications.
    • Communitiy manager: this course provides knowledge to the person in charge or responsible for the administration of the different areas of the website of an institution, corporation, or company. It is based on how to manage these social networks following a strategic communication approach.
    • Voice Management:this is a theoretical and practical workshop on the proper handling of the voice and body, and it is addressed to the general public. It provides self-knowledge tools to enhance conditions and to potentiate the voice and body as instruments of communication.
    • • Improving my Photographs with Photoshop: this theoretical-practical course focuses on learning the main Photoshop tools and practical applications to improve the quality and the visual language of photography.
    • Basic Video Editing with Final Cut:aims to teach the theoretical and practical principles for the management and operation of the video editing software Final Cut Pro HD.
    • • Communication Strategies on Social Networks: it teaches how to use networks in a responsible and creative manner, whether with commercial or institutional purposes. It is geared toward those who must manage website resources in offices and workplaces in general.
    • Public Media Broadcasting:this theoretical-practical course focuses on the main techniques of the vocal apparatus and the main tools of the language used in Public Media Broadcasting. Practices are performed to improve the quality of diction and pronunciation, as well as the characterization of the various topics covered.

    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 .

  • 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.

    For more information, contact the School of Psychology, visit the Facebook profile Escuela de Psicología UCR, call 2511-5561, or send an e-mail to

  • 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:

    • Family (Social Changes, Divorce and Parenting after Divorce)
    • Emotional Problems in Development of the Life Cycle (Childhood, Adolescence, and Old Age)
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Reproductive Rights
    • Drug Use (Use and Abuse of Substances in Adolescence)
    • Movement, Health, and Sports
    • Genetics and Mental Illness
    • Aging (Sexuality, Quality of Life, Dementia, Care)
    • Learning, Learning Problems, and School Failure
    • Parental Discipline and Violence
    • Harassment at School (Bullying)

    For more information, contact School for Parents, call telephone number 2511-6978, or send an e-mail to

  • 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.

    more information visit PROIN, call telephone number 2511-4486, or send an e-mail to .

  • 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

  • The Department of University Teaching (DEDUN) of the School of Teacher Education develops courses for the faculty of the University in relation to:

    • University Teaching:: acquisition of conceptual and methodological foundation for deepening the understanding and strengthening of the teaching practice. This course is required for promotion within the Academic Board and for teachers with more than two years in temporary positions that require to be reappointed.
    • Updating on Teaching Skills:: these courses allow updating on topics of interest for university teaching. They are taught by DEDUN faculty together with other universities such as CEA, METICS, SIBDI, Comunidad de Software Libre, CIEM y CASED.
    • Education Counseling Workshops: finding solutions to concerns or problems related to teaching issues presented by Units in relation to their training processes.

    For more information, contact the Department of University Teaching (DEDUN), call telephone number 2511-4775, or send an e-mail to

  • 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.

    For more information, contact the School of Teacher Education of the College of Education, call (506) 2511-4288 or 2511-5388, or send an e-mail to .

  • 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 detail on the opening of these courses and their enrollment process is published in the Documents Section of its site and in the newspapers Semanario Universidad and La Nación.  

    For more information, contact the School of Humanities, call (506) 2511-4165 or 2511-6342, or send an e-mail to

  • 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:

    • Information Technology, Communication and Knowledge: computer science courses, the Internet, use and operation of digital cameras, communication and journalism workshop.
    • Learning New Languages: Learning New Languages: theoretical and practical classes in English and French. Besides, the courses "Singing in English" and "English for travelers" are taught.
    • Arts & Crafts: courses in art, design and decoration with dry nature, jewelry, embroidery, country crafts, handbags, decoration with balloons, engraved glass, mosaics, rag dolls, origami, fabric painting, and T-shirt decorating, cards, and craft candles, among others.
    • Human Movement: includes aerobics and physical recreation, dance aerobics, line dancing, belly dancing, recreational hiking, flamenco, swimming, taekwondo, tai-chi, tango, yoga, etc.
    • Healthy lifestyle: mental conditioning classes, organic agriculture, spirituality, sustainable and healthy food, hydroponics, mental hygiene, emotional intelligence, motivation, and self-improvement, among others.
    • Arts and Culture: film appreciation courses, the art of bonsai, wine culture, basic geography of Costa Rica, art history and principles of aesthetics, and painting techniques.

    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 .

  • 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:

    • Introduction to Mountaineering: history of mountaineering, basic technical equipment, clothing, footwear, the backpack and its features, mountain food, first aid kit for mountaineering, thunderstorms, tents, camping techniques, altitude sickness, and mountain insects, among others.
    • Mapping and Guidance: maps, symbols, contour lines, calculation of magnetic declination, geographic and Lambert coordinates, use of compasses and altimeters, land navigation, loss causes and prevention, alternative forms of orientation (stars, sun, and natural phenomena), and positioning systems (GPS), among others.
    • Rope Techniques: elements and equipment used in fields such as caving, climbing, and rappelling, plus descent and ascent by means of a rope.

    For more information, contact the Mountaineering Club, visit the Facebook profile Club de Montañismo UCR, or send an e-mail to .

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 .

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