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- Spend a semester/year studying in the beautiful country of Costa Rica
- You can take both Spanish language courses and courses taught in English
- Enjoy an immersive experience living in a Costa Rican (Tico) home with a local family
Students may complete up to three courses of college level Spanish as well as additional electives in various fields during one twelve-week session in Costa Rica. Several of the electives offered are taught in Spanish (for advanced level Spanish speakers), and others are taught in English. Another great advantage of this program is that language courses are four weeks long. Students can complete an intensive Spanish language course in four weeks and then move on to a higher level Spanish class. . All classes are at the Universidad Veritas with American and other international students. A placement exam is required to determine language level.
The Arts and Design Courses with Locals semester program at the Universidad Veritas is open to students at the high-advanced Spanish level. Students will choose a total of 4 courses from the following categories: Courses with Costa Ricans, Language Modules, and/or General Electives. Students may choose any combination to complete their 4 choices as long as scheduling permits; however, students MUST take at least one course with locals. The Language Modules are 4 weeks long, while the General Electives are 12 weeks. All courses with locals last for the entire semester.
Requirements: 2.8 GPA and equivalent of 4 semesters of Spanish
This program is open to students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish proficiency. It is designed for students wishing to expand their knowledge of health care practices abroad while improving their Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to gain both classroom and practical, hands-on communication experience. In addition to health care courses, students may also enroll in courses offered in the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies program to complete their total enrollment. A placement exam will be taken to determine language level.
Requirements: 2.8 GPA and must be studying for a health profession i.e. pre-med, nursing, pharmacy or biology.
Pre-Approved Course List - Veritas University
***Please note that the following pre-approved courses may not be available during your time of travel. These courses were pre-approved due to previous students who have studied abroad during different terms. Please cross reference the host university’s course catalog in order to view which courses are fitting to your specific term. Even if the course has not been approved, you may still chose it as we are willing to help you get it approved***
- At least sophomore year standing (junior for some programs), SMC, Exchange & Lasallian programs meet senior residence requirements;
- An average of a 2.8 minimum cumulative AND major GPA;
- Confirmation of a clear record of disciplinary conduct with Residence Life
- Click on the "Apply Now" button on top right hand of this page to begin the process
- Deadlines: March 1st for Academic Year/Fall Semester start programs and October 1st for Spring Semester start programs
- Selection results will be announced early April for Academic Year/Fall Semester start programs and early November for Spring Semester start programs
- Study abroad deposit ($600) will be due upon acceptance
2018-2019 Semester Fee
*Tuition & Fees include tuition and medical insurance
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*NOTE: Tuition does not include excursion/lab/material fees associated with courses taken. Students are charged additional related course fees directly.
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Study at Veritas University through International Studies Abroad (ISA)
. The Collegium Veritas, created in 1976, was one of the four founding schools of the first private university in Costa Rica. The University is committed to offering the best in academics while also responding to the practical demands of its students and society. The University is renowned in Costa Rica for its design, art, architecture and photography programs. In addition, the University welcomes international students to study Spanish at its International Programs Department (DPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,500 Costa Rican students and about 150 international students during any given semester. All students enjoy access to the university library, computer labs, and study areas.
ISA San Jose homestays allow students to experience aspects of Costa Rican or "tico" lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Students have the opportunity for complete cultural immersion by staying with locals and experiencing the Costa Rican way of life. In the homestay, one will have their own bedroom, although there may be another ISA student living in the same homestay. Every family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable and immersive living situation. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day (except for excursion days) and laundry service once a week.
For students interested in gaining Spanish skills prior to studying abroad, please consider taking Spanish classes at SMC. For more information, please click HERE.