In a partnership with API (Academic Programs International), students will study at the Universidad de Veritas, Language and Culture center in San Jose, Costa Rica. Founded in 1991, Universidad Veritas is a private university that prides itself on the development of non-linear critical thought and creativity. Approximately 1,700 students attend the university in any given semester. Operating programs for international students since 1993, the Universidad Veritas offers an incredible amount of academic options. Students may select Spanish language courses from the beginning to advanced levels, complete a multitude of elective coursework in Spanish or English, or enroll in art, design and architecture courses with local Costa Rican students. Students also have full access to university amenities, including extracurricular activities such as dance classes, conversation partners, volunteer work and cooking lessons.
Located in the central valley of Costa Rica, San José is a vibrant urban center in the heart of a serene and beautiful nation. Three volcanoes surround the city, and quaint villages, farms and coffee plantations dot the hillsides. Though the metropolitan area is home to 36% of the nation’s population, one can easily explore the smaller central area of the city and discover its neighborhood markets and local restaurants. Cultural opportunities including theater, music, cinema and dance are also abundant in San José. Visit the Museo Nacional; the Museo de Oro Precolombino, with its sparkling collection of pre-Columbian gold; or the Museo de Jade, which boasts the world’s largest collection of jade.
Students will take 4 or 5 courses for a total of 15-17 semester credits, which includes a Spanish language course and electives offered in either English or Spanish. Students have a wide range of courses and areas of study to choose from; for a complete list of courses that are offered, visit the programs site here. Students will participate in a 4-week intensive Spanish course prior to the start of the standard quarter program.
Students electing to study at Universidad de Veritas for their spring semester will study abroad during the Winter Quarter, as opposed to the Spring Quarter. This allows students to have a spring semester comparable to a U.S. schedule, and provides more course offerings.
Students electing to study abroad during the fall semester have the option of two session: Fall Quarter or Fall Quarter Early Start. Students participating in the Early Start session complete one additional 4-week intensive language Spanish course at the start of the program. This session is ideal for students who wish to really progress with their language skills and want to take an additional month of language studies prior to jumping into their elective courses.
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: January 6, 2018
- Orientation: TBA
- Classes Start: TBA
- Mid-Term Exams: TBA
- Classes End: TBA
- Final Exams: TBA
- Departure Date: April 7, 2018
*Students are advised to confirm all arrival and departure dates in their API student portal prior to booking flights, as dates may change.
Students in San José live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with or without children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. Students may be housed with other API study abroad students or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Students are provided with two meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.
?Once accepted, students must submit a $275 housing deposit directly to API through their online student portal. A portion of this deposit is retained for maintenance fees following the conclusion of the program, and students are eligible to receive the remainder as a refund barring any damages to their housing.
During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. Overnight lodging, breakfast, entrance fees and transportation to and from the excursion locations are included. Although excursions are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program excursions prior to departure.
Some of the excursions include:
- Manuel Antonio
- Hiking along a volcano
The university also offers extracurricular activities that are offered in the afternoon and evening, and are optional for students to participate. Some of these extracurriculars include:
- Costa Rican cooking classes
- Self-defense classes
- Yoga classes
- Gym and sporting activities
- Scuba certification
- Spanish conversation club
- Tropical dance lessons, and more!
Students studying in Costa Rica are not required to obtain a visa. With assistance from API, students will uphold a Tourist status for the duration of the semester by participating in out-of-country excursions.