Inside Higher Ed - Compared to countries in Asia and the Gulf that host the majority of American universities' overseas branch campuses, Costa Rica has some advantages. It's closer to home, in the same time zone as Texas for about half the year (Costa Rica doesn't observe Daylight Saving Time). It's a popular destination for American students studying abroad. It's a stable democracy. And, unlike China, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates -- all places with significant numbers of American branch campuses -- it has a democratic government.
Texas Tech University is opening a new branch campus in Costa Rica this fall. The project is a collaboration with a for-profit company that paid to develop the campus and is bearing the full capital and operational costs (and risks) of running it.
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