Costa Rica: San Jose Semester

CCIS Study Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

Program Overview

A small, democratic country in Central America nestled between the Caribbean and the Pacific ocean, Costa Rica is exceptional in that many environments can be visited within a short time. Rain forests, cloud forests, unspoiled beaches, coral reefs, white water rivers and volcanoes can be reached within a couple of hours by car from San José. Costa Rica is one of the few stable, democratic republics in Latin America. It has the highest standard of living of the Central American countries. The health record is excellent, and illiteracy is very low. Peaceful by nature, the Costa Ricans have no army, as it was abolished in 1948.

Universidad Veritas is located in the capital city of San José. At 4000 feet above sea level, it boasts a springtime climate all year round. The city surprises visitors by its vitality. Despite its cosmopolitan atmosphere with Central, South and North Americans as well as Europeans on busy downtown streets, its residents display an unmatched friendliness and warmth. Tourists as well as visiting businessmen happily testify to this. Every year the country attracts a large number of persons who, having visited Costa Rica once, decide to return to settle there. Students have easy access to the city's museums, restaurants, bustling markets, and the National Theater. The surrounding areas, including beaches on both the Pacific and the Caribbean coasts, are all within a few hours' drive from the city.


Academic Profile

Universidad Veritas in San Jose

Veritas, founded in 1991, is a private Art, Design and Architecture University, located in San Jose, Costa Rica. The university enrolls approximately 1100 students year-round, specializing in Advertising, Architecture, Digital Animation, Film and Television, Interior Design, and Photography.

The campus is located only minutes away from downtown and the city's museums and restaurants.

Faculty from Universidad Veritas hold advanced US or Costa Rican degrees, and a great number of years of teaching in their respective fields.

Universidad Veritas is one of Costa Rica's new private universities. It is located in a residential section of town and has a local student population of approximately 1,900. The Centro de Programas Internacionales (Intensive Spanish for Foreign students) is part of the university, and offers students from around the world the opportunity to advance their Spanish language skills while taking other courses in English taught by bilingual faculty from the university. Students should not expect all of the facilities and accoutrements available on a U.S. campus. The classrooms and administrative offices of Universidad Veritas are located in the Edificio ITAN, Carretera a Zapote, San José. Universidad Veritas is recognized for its excellent programs in Art and Graphic Design.

Course Offerings

Elective courses are three to four semester credit hours, and students are normally required to enroll in 15-18 credits per term. All full-time students take at least two or three Spanish language courses and one or two electives in English. The Spanish classes are 5 semester hours. These are offered in a variety of disciplines, depending on the student's academic interests. Some students elect to take only one Spanish language course and three electives.  The price varies for the elective courses. 

Students participating in the summer programs typically take one elective in English and one Spanish language course for a total of 6 credits during the 5-week period.

Spanish language courses are taught in 4-week modules, during the mornings. English courses are taught in the afternoons.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to the vast outdoors activities and visits to beaches, mountains, and volcanoes, students in the Veritas program will have the opportunity to participate in weekend excursions, weekly tropical dance lessons, sports, Latin American cooking lessons, museum and artisan market visits, volunteer work with underprivileged children in the afternoons, and youth groups.

Volunteer Program

Universidad Veritas also coordinates volunteer programs for students who are interested in the national park and reserve system. "Volunteers and Projects for the support of Conservation Areas" is a program that gives support to the National System of Preservation Areas of Costa Rica. This program allows interested students the possibility to learn more about the support or our National Parks, Wildlife Shelters, Forest Reserves, etc".

If a student would like to participate in specific areas such as species monitoring, turtle nesting, botanical projects, etc, he/she should indicate it on the application and personal statement


Students are placed with host families in a Costa Rican homestay in San José, usually one student per family. Students are given private rooms with laundry service, and breakfast and dinner on class days. For students who do not opt for the homestay, Universidad Veritas will arrange accommodations at an additional cost. The Student Affairs staff coordinates all housing arrangements and social, cultural, and sports activities.

Students are required to send a digital picture to Costa Rica upon acceptance.


San José, Costa Rica Semester Program Details


SPRING I TERM: January 4- April 1, 2016 (12 weeks)

SPRING II TERM: April 4- June 24, 2016 (12 weeks)

FALL TERM 2016: August 29/September 26 - December 18, 2016 (16/12 weeks)

Application Deadline(s)

Fall - July 1

Spring - November 1

Financial Aid

Please speak with your study abroad advisor or Financial Aid rep at your school.

Eligibility Requirements

At least 2nd semester freshman standing and a 2.6 GPA


English and/or Spanish.

Academic Levels

All levels of Spanish are eligible, from beginner to advanced.


$8,500-$9,200 or more (CCIS member)  //  $9,200-$9,900 or more (non-member)  

Cost varies depending on choice of classes 

Miami Dade College requires a $130 application fee and no additional deposit. 

Truman requires a $350 deposit, deducted from total amount due, upon acceptance to the program, but does not have an application fee.

“All prices, dates, courses are subject to change without prior notification.”


Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad for Spanish modules and electives, texts and materials, round trip airport transfer, one excursion, dance lessons, CCIS and sponsor fees, Homestay program: Breakfast, dinner and laundry, health insurance. Access to homestay kitchen use can be negotiated for an additional fee. 

Costs Not Included

Estimated: Airfare ($1,500), personal and miscellaneous expenses ($500), some meals, exit fee. 

Entry Requirements

Valid Passport, no Visa is required if you are an American citizen (Check visa requirements f. A digital picture of all accepted students in the following format:

Head Shot, Light Background, JPEG Format, Size:  2x1 inches

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links


Your Adventure in Costa Rica Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Program Sponsor:

Rosa Virginia Mendez, Study Abroad Advisor

Truman State University

Center for International Education Abroad
Grim Hall 202
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)


Please send the following materials to or the address listed above by the application deadline.

1. CCIS Online Application & Instructions

2. CCIS Online Student Recommendation (2)

3. Official copy of transcript

4. Color copy of passport

5. Housing form (link will be sent electronically to student once CCIS application is received) 

To download the application and recommendation forms, click "save as" then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, you must SAVE IT FIRST. DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to  

(Students: DO NOT send the recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL)


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All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.