The Costa Rican workforce is considered perhaps the most important attraction for foreign investors, as the population is highly literate and well educated.
Costa Rica now has one of the highest Human Development Indexes among developing nations (0.834), and one of the highest literacy rates of the Americas (94.9%); in addition, the expected number of years of schooling has been calculated at 10, according to World Bank's World Development Indicators.
Private Education and English Skills
Costa Rica has a wide number of private institutions with US schedules (August until end of June). These institutions provide the possibility so that a student can dominate at least two languages, including English, German, French, as well as Spanish.
Education is compulsory up to 9th grade and places a strong emphasis on computer skills and English skills since the early grades.