Environmental Studies, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Spanish Language

Universidad Veritas
San José, Costa Rica
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Environmental Studies, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Spanish Language

  • Location

    San José

  • Host University

    Universidad Veritas

    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.

  • Term

    Summer 3 2021

  • Program Dates

    May 22, 2021 - Jun 26, 2021

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2021

  • Credit

    108 - 120 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $5,250

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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. 

Service-Learning in San José
In addition to your academic courses, Study + Service-Learning programs allow you to serve alongside a local organization and engage in reflective assignments. Service-learning will develop your intercultural competency skills and increase your understanding of social issues in your host community. Visit the ISA Service-Learning website to see placement opportunities in San José and for more information about how to receive academic credit.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

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.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

108 - 120

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

7 - 8

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

10 - 12

Academic Information

Academic Information

You will enroll in one 60-hour Spanish course and one 48-hour or 60-hour elective taught in English or Spanish during this program. 60-hour Spanish language courses will be held Monday-Friday in the mornings, while 48-hour and 60-hour electives will be held during varying weekdays in the afternoons. You must choose one 60-hour Spanish course and one elective course for this program.

60-hour Spanish Language courses
60-hour Spanish courses are 4-week long, intensive modular courses that are held for four hours each morning. These courses are an excellent opportunity for you to advance your Spanish language abilities.

60-hour courses
60-hour electives are held in the afternoons and may include a field study component at no extra cost to the student. These electives are only taught in English.

48-hour courses
48-hour electives are held in the afternoons and do not include a field study component. 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 based on the host university course level recommendations and course codes and are only recommendations.

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. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Requests for sample syllabi can be made to your Costa Rica Program Manager. 

 

Courses

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Universidad Veritas
Intensive Spanish Language
High Beginning
High Intermediate
High Advanced
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
Elective Courses in Spanish
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
Elective Courses in English
Environmental and Sustainability Studies
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
Health Care
60 Contact Hours
Business Studies
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
Art and Media Studies
60 Contact Hours
History and Political Science
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
60 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
Communications
60 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
Social Sciences
48 Contact Hours
48 Contact Hours
Course Disclaimer
  • 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

U.S. Team

Rachel Rogers

Program Manager, Costa Rica

SAN JOSÉ TEAM

María Belén Jiménez

Resident Director, Costa Rica Programs, Costa Rica

Christian Vargas

Director of Latin America Operations, Costa Rica

Estefanía Jiménez

Service Learning Coordinator, Costa Rica

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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Housing

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. 

Homestay

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!

Independent Housing

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.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

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.

Punta Leona

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. 

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.