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Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute

Executive Summary
The Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute, known as FLORICA, was created in 1986, authorized by the Florida Legislature in 1987, and formalized by an agreement signed by the State University System of Florida, the Florida Community College System and the Council of Rectors of Costa Rican Universities (CONARE). Since its beginning, FLORICA has been administered for Costa Rica by CONARE and on behalf of the State of Florida by The Florida State University and Valencia College, with co-directors appointed from each institution.

FLORICA has strong credibility both in Florida and Costa Rica as a stimulus and a catalyst. The Institute has interfaced broadly in Costa Rica with public and private institutions and agencies including all the public universities.

Costa Rican citizens who have applied and been accepted in a Florida public university or community college may apply for out-of-state tuition waivers through the Florida-Costa Rica Institute Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Program.


Florida State University
Gisela R. Fisher, Co-Director,
Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute
Florida State University
282 Champions Way
Fifth floor, University Center Building A,
Office suite A5500
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2420
Phone: (850) 644-7217
Fax: (850) 644-8817
Gisela Fisher

In Partnership with Valencia College
Florida-Costa Rica Linkage Institute
Rocky Blesso, Director International Student Services
Valencia College
Post Office Box 3028
Orlando, FL 32802
Phone: (407) 582-5287