Many people travel to Central America to visit countries like Costa Rica and Guatemala, but as they travel around the region, it is Nicaragua they fall in love with. Already on the way from the airport you will realize how extremely beautiful the country is. All Central America has to offer can be found in this country. Although Nicaragua is no bigger than Island, it is still the largest country in Central America. Oceans, volcanos, lakes and jungle can all be reached within a couple of hours. Along the Atlantic coast you will find many of the Caribbean characteristics. Thanks to the English and Dutch pirates that stayed in the Caribbean in the 1700s, Creole English is the most used language here. Not many people are familiar with the beautiful and calm Corn Islands that are popular destinations when you need a break from the lively cities on the west coast. In the mountains they grow the coffee Nicaragua is famous for. In the lush lowlands, where you will find León, the majority of Nicaragua´s Spanish speaking population lives.
In addition to walks in the cloud forest, rambles around the coffee plantations and surfing along the Pacific coast, Nicaragua has an interesting history which is very much reflected in the everyday life. The country´s culture and history have in the last couple of years been transformed to a warm and personal culture which can be experienced both in the big city Managua and in the small villages in the countryside. The early influence from the Indians has been integrated with the culture from the Spanish colonizers and in more recent years Europe and the US. Throughout history the Nicaraguan population has fought both dictators and foreign powers. Today they live in an established democracy, and long to put the revolution and civil war of the 70s and 80s behind them. Nicaraguans are known to be open and welcoming and you will soon experience a strong sense of national pride among a people that wants a better future.
During your stay in Nicaragua you will have several opportunities to go on short excursions around Nicaragua and León. What about snorkeling in the Caribbean, kayaking in the mangrove forest or surfing on volcano ash? You will also find it is easy to visit the other Central American countries.
Leon is only 20 minutes away from the Pacific coast surrounded by several volcanos. Although the nature around Leon is really beautiful, it is the colonial city with its short, pastel houses and old fashioned atmosphere that capture most people. This is Nicaragua´s cultural capital with one of Central America´s oldest universities, several beautiful churches and museums. The 1700s cathedral, Basilica de la Asunción was also, thanks to a bureaucratic mistake, built here instead of in Peru. It was also in León that the political leftwing party the Sandinistas overturned Somoza´s dictatorship in 1978, leading up to the revolution a year later. Thanks to the many university students the city is constantly evolving. Now you can go online at almost any of the cafés in the city and listen to live music in many of the local bars and restaurants where the students hang out. At the same time the city has kept its architectural heritage, and you will find neither skyscrapers nor large shopping malls as you wander through the city.
When you are not attending lectures you can study in a cool air-conditioned hall at the lawyers library or read comfortably in a hammock. In the evening you can stroll down to one of the plazas in the city and mingle with the local students, eat at one of the outdoor restaurants or go to the cinema. In the weekends few manage to stay away from the rhythms of the city´s bars or nightclubs. Maybe you would like to learn salsa or merengue?
The study centre
Classes are given at the university campus in the city and at other locations in Leon city. On the beach outside Leon in Las Peñitas, we have study facilities in a villa where you may study, swim, surf and enjoy other tropical recreational activities.
In León we stay in traditional Spanish houses with garden and large open rooms. You typically live in double or triple bedrooms with kitchen access. The student houses are centrally located with everything you should need in walking distance. The capital Managua is only an hour and a half away by car or bus. Kulturstudier has an experienced field manager and both local and Scandinavian staff on site in Leon.
In the student blog you will find great photos and storys from student life in Nicaragua:
The climate in Nicaragua is tropical. During the spring semester temperatures will rise steadily from comfortable to really hot, with little rain. The autumn semester offers comfortable warmth, but a more humid climate and occasional rain. Sometimes the monsoon coincides with the semester bringing days of hard rain. Click on the link below to see average temperature and yearly rainfall.
You book your own flight tickets. Our travel agent Kilroy travels offer both joint arrivals with fellow students and individual travel.
To ensure that all our students are correctly insured throughout the semester, Kulturstudier arranges a group insurance with Gouda Travel Insurance. This insurance is mandatory for Nordic and German students. Students of other nationalities must buy equivalent insurance in their home country.
With Kulturstudier you can study in Nicaragua, with fully transferable credits (ECTS - European Credit Transfer System, or equivalent), which will qualify for financing from many European state educational loan funds.
In addition to the programme fee (that includes accommodation) you will need at least 3000 Euro for travel, books, pocket money and other expenses.
Facts on Nicaragua
República de Nicaragua
Managua (1 mill. habitants)
130.370 km ²
5.8 mill. (2013)
Mainly christianity, which of 58,5% are catholics and 23,2% are protestants
Life expectancy at birth:
Population below poverty line:
Spanish, kreol-english, misquito, Suma and Rama
Gross domestic product:
26 billion dollars, US $ 4400 per capita (2012)
Córdoba = 100 centavos. 100 cordoba is 3,91 USD (April 2014). US-dollarn can be used in the whole country