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Featuring CCIS Programs

Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica

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

Quick Facts

Spring 2020
12 week term: January 5 - March 28, 2020
17 week term: January 5 - May 1, 2020

Application Deadline:  October 25, 2019

12 week: $9,350 CCIS Member | $9,750 Non-Member
17 week: $11,115 CCIS Member | $11,515 Non-Member

Fall 2019
Dates:  September 1  December 21
Application Deadline:  July 12, 2019
Costs:  $10,880 CCIS Member | $11,280 CCIS Non-Member

Dates:  September 29
 December 21
Application Deadline:  August 8, 2019
Costs:  $9,200 CCIS Member | $9,600 CCIS Non-Member

* Spring 2020 Universidad Veritas scholarships available. Apply by October 15th!

Four-week Intensive Semester 2020 
Dates:  Monthly throughout the semester. Contact program sponsor for exact dates. 
Application Deadline:  Complete application must be received 30 business days prior to program start date.
Costs:  $3,470 CCIS Member | $3,870 CCIS Non-Member

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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

Broward College
Violeta Rivera
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(954) 201-7709

This program is sponsored and administered by Broward College.

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

Tuition Note: 12-weeks programs includes 4 courses. 17-week program includes 5 courses. Students can add an extra course for an additional fee payable to Veritas University directly.

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 2020:
12 week term: January 5 - March 28, 2020
17 week term: January 5 - May 1, 2020

Spring 2020 Four-Week Intensive Spanish Programs:
Monthly throughout the semester. Contact program sponsor for exact dates

Fall Term 2019:
September 1 - December 21, 2019
September 29 - December 21, 2019

Spring 2020: 
12 week: $9,350 CCIS Member | $9,750 Non-Member
17 week: $11,115 CCIS Member | $11,515 Non-Member
* Spring 2020 Universidad Veritas scholarships available. Apply by October 15th!

Spring 2020 Four-Week Programs: $3,470 CCIS Member | $3,870 Non-Member 

Fall 2019:
September 1 - December 21: 
$10,880CCIS Member | $11,280 Non-Member
September 19 - December 21: $9,200 CCIS Member | $9,600 Non-Member

Cost varies depending on choice of classes. 

Program Deposit
* Please note: a non-refundable program deposit of $500 is due two (2) weeks after official acceptance and is applied towards the total cost of the 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.

Costs Included Full Semester: Instructional costs abroad for Spanish modules and electives ( 4 courses for 12-week program/ 5 courses for 17-week program); texts and materials; 10 first lunches at the University's cafeteria; excursion packet; dance lessons; airport pick up & drop off; CCIS program and sponsor fees; CISI health insurance; Homestay program includes half board (breakfast and dinner) and weekly laundry service

Costs Included Four-Week Programs: Instructional costs abroad for one (1) intensive Spanish module; texts and materials; excursions (Package C); dance lessons; airport pick up & drop off; CCIS program and sponsor fees, CISI health insurance. Homestay program includes breakfast, dinner and laundry (28 days).

Costs Not Included: Airfare ($800 - $1,500), personal and miscellaneous expenses ($500), lunches, and exit fee (Approx.$30)

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: October 25
​Four-Week Programs: Complete application must be received 30 business days prior to program start date
Fall:  16 week session: July 12
         12 week session: August 8 *Extended

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: Passport – valid for at least 6-months after the end date of the program. No entry visa required for U.S citizens. Non-U.S citizens should consult with program sponsor to determine if an entry visa is required.

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!

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