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General Description

Universidad Santa Paula is strategically located in Lomas de Ayarco, Curridabat, few minutes away from San José downtown. Our campus is surrounded by beautiful green areas that inspire both students and faculty to continue pursuing their personal and professional goals and impacting our communities.

All our undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs are committed to human development and social responsibility as we focus our efforts and academic strategies to mold independent, innovative, productive and solidary professionals. We are regionally renowned, in Central America and the Caribbean, as a pioneer, specialized and leading university in the most needed areas of health sciences.

Passionate students can grow with us in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Therapy, Audiology, Pre-hospital Medical Emergency and Rescue, Early Childhood Stimulation, Palliative Care,Senior Citizens Assistance and among others.

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Our Academic Offer

Students from all over the globe can enroll at our university by simply following our admission’s process. Degree-seeking students need to speak Spanish fluently or enroll full-time at our Spanish program. Our majors are:


  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Audiology
  • Pre-hospital Medical Emergency and Rescue


  • Health Promotion
  • Emergencies and Rescue Management
  • Physical Therapy with a concentration in Sports Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy with a concentration in Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy with a concentration in Functional Rehabilitation of Senior Citizens
  • Early Childhood Stimulation/Intervention
  • Palliative Care and Assistance
  • Audiology
  • Gerontology with emphasis in project management
  • Psycho-oncology

International Clinical or Community Rotations: supervised practical interventions in nursing homes, public and private schools, hospitals or centers specialized in pediatrics and geriatrics, in which we ensure opportunities for interaction and professional development, working with different populations that strengthen the skills and knowledge that health professionals need today. Students can apply individually according to their goals and expectations.

Service Learning: field sessions in vulnerable communities. Projects and activities focus on prevention, health and the promotion of quality of life. Learning occurs through human contact and direct interaction with people with different disabilities and special conditions in vulnerable areas of our country.

Interdisciplinary Community Impact Missions (faculty-led): groups of students led by professors from their institution in conjunction with USP staff, participate in a set of activities programmed to learn how we restore, remedy and rehabilitate the level of functioning and independence of people. The scheduled itinerary includes workshops, observation visits, supervised field interventions, community interactions, interactive talks, and recreational/cultural experiences.

Student Exchange: Students can spend an academic period (15 weeks) taking classes at our university. Students from partner and non-partner universities can apply. Specific requirements and costs apply for students from non-partner institutions and Proficiency in Spanish is required.

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