Your program fee (which is less expensive than a semester at EIU!) includes a full excursion package to some of Costa Rica's most well-known areas. Click here to read about the excursion package.
Universidad Veritas offers small classroom sizes, so you will have plenty of attention and opportunities to practice your Spanish. You will also live with a Tican (a term for Costa Ricans) family; not only will they help you become more quickly acquainted with Tican life but also with the language.
Veritas was founded in 1975 and was the first private university in Costa Rica. It is located in the eastern part of San José, about ten minutes from downtown. About 1500 students attend Veritas, 400 of which are international. Veritas has transferred credits to hundreds of universities in North America..
San José is a bustling cosmopolitan city of about 1,000,000 people. The city is very vibrant and full of things to see and do; it offers an array of museums, cafes, bars, and theatres. It is also the home of a renowned institute of biodiversity called INBio. San José is located about 2 hours from the Pacific and 3-4 hours from the Caribbean. It is also surrounded by volcanoes (which are no direct threat to city).
One of my goals was to develop my Spanish language ability, and I can remember after studying for roughly 7 weeks doing an interview with the local Recreation representative of the city where I stayed in Turrialba, Costa Rica. The interview went unbelievably well--I communicated effectively and efficiently, and his responses helped me to understand more of the recreation options, which helped me with Spanish as well as with my major, Recreation Administration. --Justin Lopez, Spring 2009 participant
My goal was to learn Spanish, but I never imagined that I would be near-fluent by the end of a three-month semester. I credit the great teachers and their selection of relevant course material. This is a great program for students who are serious about learning REAL Spanish. --Heather Gerrish, Spring 2010 participant
Costa Rica has a wide range of places to see that offer hundreds of activities and amazing sights. The culture is very laid back, the locals are very helpful, the weather is perfect, and the food (especially the fruits) is out of this world. --Emily Hecht, Summer 2010 participant
You can earn up to four credits in the internship program at Veritas. For a complete list of requirements, see the internship policy web page.
You can take also take other classes at Veritas while completing your internship. For more information about the other courses available, click here.
Past internship placements have included:
Most of your classes will be with other international students. But when you are on campus, you will have the opportunity to meet other Tican students at the soda (the term for a lunch counter, small cafeteria) or computer lab. There are also internet cafes all over, so you will have a not problem staying in touch with friends and family back home (and cheaply, too!).
Courses at Veritas are intense since you are in Spanish classes for four hours each day, but there is still plenty of time to see and experience Costa Rica. Each Spanish class lasts for four weeks; at the end of each four week session you get a long weekend to travel. Costa Rica is a small country, so it is relatively easy to get from place to place. The local buses are very inexpensive and run routes all over the country.
Universidad Veritas also helps you explore the country by arranging 4 excursions for you (included in the program cost; you only pay for meals) to the following locations:
Students stay with Costa Rican families. The homestay includes daily breakfast, dinner, laundry, a private furnished room, and hot water. Most of the families house two students (not co-ed), so that they can walk to class together and buddy up when going out or taking taxis, etc. All homes are located within walking distance of the university. Students can move in with their families approximately 2 days prior to the commencement of the program. There is an airport pick up service provided. However, at the end of the program, you will have to find your own transportation back to the airport for your flight back home.
Foreign Entry Requirements
Travel Document Systems (TDS) can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on Costa Rica entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.