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Veritas University is an independent private university, fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and authorized by the National Council of Private Higher Education (Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Privada, or CONESUP). The University is renowned in Costa Rica for its design, art, architecture and photography programs. Additionally, it prioritizes internationalization and welcomes several hundred international students during any given semester or summer to study through its International Programs Department (DPI). ISA students have access to all of the university's amenities, including computer labs, wireless internet, a library, a cafeteria, and photography labs and studios, should their courses require them. Staff and faculty at the university are easily accessible to students. Spanish language and elective professors provide students with office hours and will also make appointments for special meetings.
Fall 1ASL 2023
Sep 02, 2023 - Dec 23, 2023
Jun 15, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jul 01, 2023
240 - 300 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Open to students at all levels of Spanish, this program is an excellent option for those who want to advance their Spanish proficiency while also fulfilling environmental studies, health science, or liberal arts credit.
You will be able to enroll in both Spanish language courses and electives taught in either English or Spanish. Electives that are taught in Spanish are typically only available to students at the advanced or high advanced levels. Your courses will be taught by the faculty at the Universidad Veritas, and you will learn alongside fellow international students.
You may add on additional service weeks and earn additional academic credit. Please speak with ISA staff about adding on additional weeks and credit.
Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex
We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Orientation
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
240 - 300
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
15 - 20
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
24 - 30
Students will be able to enroll in four courses at the Universidad Veritas. All 60-hour Spanish courses will be held in the mornings, whereas the 60 and 48 hour electives will be held in the afternoons. You can have one of the following schedules:
- Three 60-hour modular courses and one elective
- Two 60-hour modular courses and two electives
- One 60-hour modular course and three electives
- Four electives during this program.
If you have not completed a college semester or quarter of Spanish or the equivalent, ISA strongly recommends you to choose a Spanish module as one of your courses.
Please note that ISA cannot guarantee course placement and availability. For this reason, we ask all students to consider alternate courses in the event that their preferred courses are not available.
- 60-hour Spanish Language courses
60-hour Spanish courses are 4-week long, intensive modular courses and are completed sequentially. Students can enroll in up to three 60-hour courses.
- 60-hour courses
60-hour electives offered by the university may include a field study component at no extra cost to the student. Because of the schedule of these field trips, students are typically only able to enroll in one or two such courses per program. These 60-hour electives run throughout the duration of the trimester. Please contact the Program Manager with any questions.
- 48-hour courses
48-hour electives run throughout the duration of the semester. There are electives available in English and in Spanish.
- Language Level Placement
All students enrolling in a language course above the Beginner level must take a Spanish language placement exam prior to departure. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level and determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are solely based on the host university's input, but are not necessarily representative of course levels at your home university. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions. At Veritas University, course codes are composed of two parts: an alpha code indicating the discipline or field of study and a numeric code that indicates the type of course and level. The first number indicates the level or degree of complexity of ongoing research.
- Courses that start with a 1 are introductory courses or beginner level language acquisition courses.
- Courses that start with a 2 are courses that require more hours of independent study and are intermediate level language acquisition courses.
- Courses that start with a 3 are courses that require research and presentations, have field trips or visits requiring reports, and are advanced level language acquisition courses.
- Courses that start with a 4 have a very similar level to level 3 courses, but usually are "specialty areas" within a discipline.
Requests for sample syllabi can be made to your San José Program Manager.
The transcript from Universidad Veritas will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.
Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.
Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.
SAN JOSÉ TEAM
Resident Director, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Director Heredia Programs, Costa Rica
Director of Latin America Operations, Costa Rica
Student Services Coordinator, Costa Rica
Accessibility & Accommodations
With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.
Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.
Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.
ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email email@example.com for more information.
All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!
If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.
Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ISA Housing in San Jose allows students to enjoy an immersive experience living in a Costa Rican (Tico) home with a local family. With an open mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture will be both educational and highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
ISA San Jose homestays allow students to experience aspects of Costa Rican or "tico" lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. All housing is located in middle to upper class neighborhoods near the Universidad Veritas and offers glimpses of everyday life with easy access to city amenities. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day (except for excursion days) and laundry service once a week. In your homestay you will have your own bedroom, although there may be another ISA student living in the same homestay. This will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new place and live as a local would, so take advantage, immerse yourself in the "pura vida", and let yourself become a Tico!
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Arenal Volcano is located near the agricultural community of La Fortuna, where it dominates the village landscape. You will have the opportunity to tour a local sustainable farm, relax in the area's hot springs, gaze upon glowing hot boulders descending from the volcano in the night, and enjoy optional activities, such as horseback riding and hiking through the rainforest.
Irazu & Basilica de los Angeles
The Volcán Irazú is an active volcano just outside of San José with several craters, including one filled with a brilliant, green lake. After visiting the volcano, you will enjoy lunch with a stunning view of the central valley and visit one of Costa Rica's most iconic buildings, La Basilica de Los Angeles.
On this excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit Carara national park, a famous national park in Costa Rica that is known for its rich biodiversity. You will also spend the night in a hotel on a private reserve on the beach, where you can enjoy the spectacular views, free activities, and optional tours.
Tortuguero National Park * Optional
Travel by boat to the Tortuguero National Park, one of the major nesting beaches in the world for the Green Turtle. Walk through the tropical rainforest and observe this important ecosystem that provides protection to many endangered species including manatees and jaguars.
Cultural Activities in San José
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the culture of Costa Rica. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Costa Rica special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, a tour of the National Theatre, a visit to the art museum and picnic, a screening of a Costa Rican film, etc.
Handling Catcalls and Street Harassment Abroad