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Veritas University, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Cost: Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Major: Anthropology, Art Education -teaching, Art/Graphic Design, Art: Art History, Art: Studio, Biology, Biology: Ecology & Evolution, Chemistry, Communication, Communication- Theatre- Teaching, Communication/Electronic Meida: Electronic Media Leadership, Computer Science, Criminology, Earth Science, Economics, Finance, Global Studies, Health Promotion, History, Humanities, Interactive Digital Studies, Interior Design, Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Liberal and General Studies, Management: Business Adminstration, Manufacturing Design, Marketing, Movement and Exercise Science, Philosophy, Political Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish -Teaching, TESOL, TESOL -Teaching, TESOL/Spanish -Teaching, Textile and Apparel, Theatre, Theatre: Design and Prodcution
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Work/Internship: Yes Credit Level: Undergraduate
Income Opportunities: No Instructor-led: No
Capstone: No
Program Description:


coin San Jose, located in the center of Costa Rica, is the capital of Costa Rica with a population of about 365,000 people. It makes up about 37% of the nation's population, therefore, giving you numerous venues of entertainment from nightclubs, casinos, and shopping malls to museums and restaurants. Costa Rica is an adventurer's palace. Travel outside the city, and you can go scuba diving, white water rafting, visit one of the many beautiful waterfalls or volcanoes, or take an exhilarating forest canopy tour.

Costa Rica achieved the highest score, and thus ranked #1 out of 151 countries for being the happiest country in the world according to the Happy Planet Index. Costa Rica also ranked #5 overall and #1 in the Americas for being the most environmentally clean country according to Forbes. Within San Jose you can also find plenty of things to do. Not only are there parks, theaters, museums, and everything else characteristic of a city, but there are also volunteer opportunities at local orphanages and shelters.

Veritas sign The Center for International Programs (CIP) at VERITAS offers a wide variety of programs of different lengths in Costa Rica that can be combined and customized for different educational needs. Programs are divided into 6 main areas:

  • Intensive Spanish Language Courses in Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced
  • Integrated Studies in Spanish with Costa Rican students in the Art, Design, and Architecture Departments
  • English Elective Courses in different major fields, including Biology, Humanities, Art, and more
  • Short Term Programs in different fields, such as health or law enforcement
  • Internship Opportunities on an individual basis

At Veritas, energetic and passionate staff members offer cooking and dance lessons, conversation club, yoga classes, and events such as talent shows, welcome parties, and group outings. Also on campus is a travel agency with staff who are there to help make your traveling experience as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. Tico Viajero offers group excursions on the weekends that you can sign up for with other international students, or they will help you plan your own traveling if you’re more of an independent adventurer.

Veritas courtyard Veritas offers a unique and customized academic program, and as most students interested are in improving their Spanish language skills, it also offers many English taught electives. Students may take intensive language courses with little to no Spanish proficiency.

Students are placed into Spanish courses based on a written placement test and Skype interview with a Veritas faculty before they arrive in Costa Rica. For students taking intensive Spanish (beginning to advanced level), they usually take one course per month, for 4 weeks, five days per week (M-F) from 8 am to 12 pm. After each month and passing the class, students are able to progress to the next level of Spanish.

English taught electives are offered in many areas, such as business, communication, environmental sciences, biology, fine arts, and more.  They meet for 3 months, generally twice per week, and usually include field trips related to the course content. English-taught electives are held in the afternoon and early evening hours.

For advanced Spanish speakers, internships are also available in the areas of business, education, social work, and international relations. Students are required to have at least an advanced level of Spanish to participate in an internship. Veritas also has internship participants attend one month of Spanish language to refresh their language skills.

food Veritas typically coordinates host families for UNI students, which are located within walking distance of the university. The Tico (Costa Rican) families go through a selection and evaluation process with CPI Veritas staff to ensure their home meets standards and needs of US students. Host families are required to speak Spanish to students, for time to practice Spanish language skills in conversation and informal setting outside the classroom. Homestays include two meals per day, laundry once per week, Wi-Fi, and a private bedroom.

We recommend that students arrive for their program one day before their classes start (traditionally Sunday) and depart one day after their classes end (traditionally Saturday). Veritas has a big pool of host families, but they also receive hundreds of students from around the world, therefore they prefer that students stay with host families primarily during the time of their academic program.

Veritas offers a shuttle system to and from the university for students with evening classes and activities, and there is also a line of taxis on the corner of the university always ready for students. For lunches, there are a number of little restaurants within walking distance of the university, called “sodas”, where students can purchase a delicious Tico lunch. The university also has two different cafeterias and cafes that serve complete meals, snacks, drinks, salads, and desserts for approximately $5 per day.

logo "My birthday was in the 4th month I was in Costa Rica, and my host family went all out to help me celebrate it. My host sister baked me a chocolate cake (my favorite!) and cooked an elaborate dinner with meat, corn, veggies, and everything else I could have wanted. Not only were my host parents and sisters there, but they even invited over aunts and uncles and cousins! I had no idea how much they appreciated me before, and before the night was over my sister gave me a present—a beautiful scarf and wooden letter, which I now always have attached to my bookbag to remember them.
For classes, my Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica class included two field trips: one to a rainforest and one to a dry forest. These consisted of intense hiking and waking up very early in the morning to catch the birds and howler monkeys waking up the rest of the forest. While I was terrified walking through the rainforest in the pitch black night with only a flashlight and tennis shoes, facing the huge spiders and deadly bullet ants was worth seeing the immense amount of monkeys, coatis, tropical birds, and more. I also came out of the experience much stronger and a lot more confident in my abilities to do other tasks, because when I compare them to that hike, they feel like nothing!"
-RaeAnne Caldwell, Spring 2014

Program Ratings:
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4
Program Value: 1 2 3 4
Cultural Experiences: 1 2 3 4
Housing: 1 2 3
Overall Learning: 1 2 3 4
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/30/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.