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Featuring CCIS Programs

Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica

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

Quick Facts

Spring 2019
12 week term: January 7- March 29
17 week term: January 27 - May 3

Application Deadline:  November 30, 2018
12 week: $8,985 CCIS Member | $9,385 Non-Member
17 week: $10,661 CCIS Member | $11,061 Non-Member

* Spring 2019 Universidad Veritas scholarships available. Apply by October 15th!

Four-week Intensive Semester 2019 
Dates:  Monthly throughout the semester. See details below. 
Application Deadline:  One month prior to program start date
Costs:  $3,060 CCIS Member | $3,460 CCIS Non-Member

Fall 2018
Dates:  September 2 or September 29 December 22
Application Deadline:  September 1, 2018
Costs:  $8,835 - $10,511 CCIS Member | $9,235 - $10,911 CCIS Non-Member

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.

Visit the Universidad Veritas website to learn more. 


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. 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. 

View the full list of course offerings can be found here.

Universidad Vertias also offers four-week intensive Spanish programs throughout the semester. See below for dates and costs. 

Student Life & Housing

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.

Duration & Costs


Spring 2019:
12 week term: January 7- March 29, 2019
17 week term: January 27 - May 3, 2019

Spring 2019 Four-Week Intensive Spanish Programs:
January 7 - February 1, 2019
February 4 - March 1, 2019
March 4 - March 29, 2019
April 1- May 3, 2019

Fall Term 2018:
September 2 - December 22, 2018
September 30 - December 22, 2018


Spring 2019: 
12 week: $8,985 CCIS Member | $9,385 Non-Member
17 week: $10,661 CCIS Member | $11,061 Non-Member
* Spring 2019 Universidad Veritas scholarships available. Apply by October 15th!

Spring 2019 Four-Week Programs: $3,060 CCIS Member | $3,460 Non-Member 

Fall 2018:
Sepetmber 2- December 22: 
$10,511 CCIS Member | $10,911 Non-Member
Sepetmber 30- December 22: $8,835 CCIS Member | $9,235 Non-Member

Cost varies depending on choice of classes. 

Costs Included Full Semester:  Instructional costs abroad for Spanish modules and electives, texts and materials, excursions, dance lessons, airport pick up, and CISI health insurance. Homestay program includes breakfast, dinner and laundry. Access to homestay kitchen use can be negotiated for an additional fee.

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

Financial Aid 
Please speak with your study abroad advisor or financial aid representative at your school.

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

Spring:  November 30
​Four-Week Programs:  One month before program starts
Fall:  September 1

Eligibility Requirements

Academic Standing: Students should be at least 2nd semester Freshman standing and a 2.6 GPA
Academic Levels: All levels of Spanish are eligible, from beginner to advanced.
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

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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