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Featuring CCIS Programs

Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica Summer

San Jose, Costa Rica (Latin America / North America)

Quick Facts

Summer I 2018
Dates:  July 8 – August 11 
Application Deadline:  June 1, 2018
Costs:  $4,781 CCIS Member | $5,181 Non-Member

Summer II 2018
Dates:  July 8 – September 1, 2018
Application Deadline:  June 1, 2018
Costs:  $6,410 CCIS Member | $6,810 Non-Member

Four-week Intensive Summer 2018
3 sessions:
June  3 - June 30, 201
July 8 - August 4, 2018
August 5 - September 1, 2018
Application Deadline:  One month prior to program start date
Costs:  $2,910 CCIS Member | $3,310 Non-Member

* Summer 2018 Veritas scholarships available in the amount of $400. March 15th application deadline. Find out more here.

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 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.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Truman State University
Rosa Virginia Mendez
Assistant Director

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(660) 785-4076

This program is sponsored and administered by Truman State University.

Academics & Program

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.

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. 

Volunteers and Projects for the support of Conservation Areas:  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.


Spanish & English

Academic Levels

All levels welcome

Course Offerings

The five-week summer program offers classes in Intensive Spanish (four hours per day) as well as a number of elective courses taught in English: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecology, and Intercultural Communications are offered regularly, but other courses are available as well. Duration: Five week programs; students may extend to seven weeks at additional cost. 

Intensive Spanish language (all levels), courses offered in English. Credits recommended: 6-7 per one-month cycle. During the 5 week session a student could get 7 or 8 credits, 4 for Spanish and 4 for science courses, or 3 for humanities and business courses. If a student stays for the full 8 weeks, they can take 2 Spanish courses (8 credits) and an elective during the afternoon (a 3 or 4 credit elective), so they could get 11 or 12 credits. 

Academic Highlights

Students can have Spanish language study, as well as taking elective courses in English. Universidad Veritas is recognized for its excellent programs in Art and Graphic Design. 

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

About 99% of students live in a Costa Rican homestay with breakfast and evening meal provided. Accommodations are usually within walking distance of the University. Alternate lodging arrangements are available through the Veritas housing office. Weekends find students traveling throughout Costa Rica to visit one of the many national parks, explore the beaches on the Pacific side, or participate in one of the many tours organized at special Veritas student rates.

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.


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.

Duration & Costs


Summer I 2018
Dates:  July 8 – August 11 
Application Deadline:  June 1, 2018
Costs:  $4,781 CCIS Member | $5,181 Non-Member

Summer II 2018
Dates:  July 8 – September 1, 2018
Application Deadline:  June 1, 2018
Costs:  $6,410 CCIS Member | $6,810 Non-Member

Four-week Intensive Summer 2018
3 sessions:
June  3 - June 30, 2018
July 8 - August 4, 2018
August 5 - September 1, 2018
Application Deadline:  One month prior to program start date
Costs:  $2,910 CCIS Member | $3,310 Non-Member

* Summer 2018 Veritas scholarships available in the amount of $400. March 15th application deadline. Find out more here.

Costs Included Summer I & II: Instructional costs abroad for one Spanish module and one elective course, texts and materials, excursions, dance lessons, airport pick up, and CCIS health insurance. Homestay program includes breakfast, dinner and laundry. 

Costs Included Four-Week Programs:  Registration, contingency fee, excursion package C, tuition, text and materials, airport pick up and drop off, homestay throughout the program 28 days

Costs not included: Airfare, personal costs, some meals, exit fee

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.


Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Summer I & II:
June 1, 2018

Intensive Programs:
One month prior to program start date

Eligibility Requirements
Minimum GPA:  2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Minimum class standing:  At least one semester of college

Entry Requirements
Valid Passport, Digital picture in the following format: Head Shot, Light Background, JPEG Format, Size: 2x1 inches

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

Two academic references
Official copy of transcript
Color copy of passport (biographical page)
Housing form and course selection form (sent to student once CCIS application is received)

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