Texas Tech Costa Rica

How can we create a satellite campus that grows with our enrollment and transforms our country’s economy?

Before TTU-CR was conceived, cultural climate of Costa Rica was suffering from a lack of affordable, available higher education. Government and economic leaders were driven to address this gap. The majority of Costa Rican young adults pursuing higher ed degrees were leaving their home country in search of the highly regarded US-brand education. Texas Tech University was selected to develop a satellite university in Costa Rica because of the way their programs align with the economic and industrial needs of the region, particularly in the STEM fields and hospitality.

Engagement with TTU leadership and local stakeholders informed the Fielding design team’s process of aligning the satellite university with TTU while also connecting the new campus to local community. Throughout every phase of the process, the theme of integrating learning, business, and culture was the overall goal. The design includes groupings of Learning Studios that can be connected, effectively expanding the capacity from 30 students to 150 students and from one teacher to three.

Texas Tech University in San José, Costa Rica celebrates the live-work-play-learn ethos of a satellite campus facility that is fully integrated into local businesses, the community, and culture. The development of a Texas Tech Satellite University in San Jose, Costa Rica creates a pathway for Costa Rican and Central American students to study at a U.S. university. Local students are now able to pursue high quality education programs without leaving the country.

Project Data

Location: Costa Rica

Type: New Construction

Size: 47,000 SF

Cost: $22 Million

Date Opened: 2018

Design Team: Randy Fielding, Brian Cho