AP International Summer Institute

Rice University introduces its first AP International Summer Institute, administered by the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University and endorsed by the College Board.

2020 dates coming soon!

In 2019, Rice University introduced its first AP International Summer Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica at La Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia (ULACIT). The institute is administered by the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University and endorsed by the College Board. 

Courses are led by experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated College Board-endorsed lead consultants who have a broad range of knowledge and proven ability presenting to their peers. Instructors for 2020 include AP test development committee members, AP exam readers, winners of special recognition awards from the College Board and winners of regional and national teaching awards.

All courses, with the exception of AP Spanish Literature, will be taught in English.

Registration: Coming soon.

IMPORTANT: Please do not book travel or lodging until enrollment is confirmed.

Rice University requests all participants purchase flight insurance for financial protection in the event of an unexpected emergency or course cancellation.

Rice University and Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia (“ULACIT”) will not provide medical insurance to students (instructors) participating in the AP Summer Institute. Rice University and ULACIT requests every participant and instructor have an international medical insurance plan that will cover any incident during classes or outside of campus.

Professional Development Credits: Participants will receive up to 30 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits or 3.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU). SBEC Continuing Professional Education Provider Number 500571

Acknowledgment of Enrollment: Once you register for a course through our online registration system, you will be enrolled in the course. An enrollment acknowledgment will immediately be sent to the email address on your account showing payment confirmation or including instructions for submitting payment via check. In some cases, a course may be full, and you will have the option of getting on a waiting list. A waiting list is automatically created for a course once it has filled to capacity. If a spot should become available in that filled course, and you are next on the waiting list, you will receive an email to the email address on file with instructions for completing registration for that specific course. Please contact our office, (713) 348-6031, if you have any questions.

Only enrolled adults are allowed to participate in the Institute. The Institute cannot accommodate supervised or unsupervised children.

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Courses coming soon!

All courses to be held at ULACIT in San Jose, Costa Rica. All courses, with the exception of AP Spanish Literature, will be taught in English. All course material will be provided electronically; participants are strongly advised to bring a laptop.

Tuition information coming soon!

Hotel information coming soon!

Hosted in the capital of Costa Rice, the institute is conveniently held within two miles of San Jose's most popular tourist destinations. When not participating in the workshops, participants are encouraged to enjoy San Jose and its many attractions to make the most of their experience. Attractions of interest may include:

Plaza de la cultura (marked as 2 on map below) 

This plaza located in the center of downtown is the social and cultural heart of San Jose. Filled with street performers, vendors and various celebrations, tourists flock to Plaza de la cultura to get a real sense of all that San Jose streetlife has to offer.

National Museum (marked as 3 on map below) 

Housed in the old Bellavista Fortress, this museum displays the history and culture of Costa Rica from pre-Columbian times to the present day. The museum's observation deck highlights the beauty of the city with stunning vistas of San Jose.

Pre-Columbian Gold Museum (marked as 4 on map below) 

Often praised as one of the best attractions in the city, this museum offers an extraordinary collection of gold artwork, ornaments and monuments from the pre-Columbian era. Visitors are invited to explore the rich cultural relationship between Latin American countries and this precious metal.

The National Theater (marked as 5 on map below) 

Opened to the public in 1897, the Teatro Nacional is one of San Jose's most admired structures. Visitors marvel at artwork and architecture on self-guided tours and experience free musical programs several times during the week.

National Craft Market (marked as 6 on map below) 

Those looking for handcrafted Costa Rican souvenirs should consider spending time browsing the goods for sale at this artisan's market. From jewelry and clothes to woodwork and ceramics, the National Craft Market offers a variety of keepsakes for foreigners and nationals alike.

Central Market (marked as 7 on map below) 

As the largest market in San Jose, the Mercado Central serves as a bustling hub of Costa Rican tastes and flavors. Visitors are invited to expand their palettes by sampling authentic Costa Rican cuisine and unique flavors.

*For reference, ULACIT is marked as 1 on the map.

Prior to traveling, participants may choose to browse the U.S. Department of State's Costa Rica International Travel Information. This page provides valuable information regarding travel advisories, embassy details, services for U.S. citizens and other quick facts.