ISA has two offices in San José which students attending either university in San José are free to visit. One ISA office is located in the Zapote neighborhood just down the street from the Universidad Veritas. This office is three stories tall, complete with classrooms, a meeting room, a computer lab, a small garden, a kitchen, and is wheelchair accessible. The ISA office at the Universidad Latina is located inside the university. The ISA offices act as meeting and gathering places where students can receive help with homework (including one-on-one tutoring), get information about various cultural activities, and chat with eachother and the ISA staff.
Universidad Veritas is a small, private university located in the residential San José neighborhood of Zapote. With curriculum focusing primarily on art, design and architecture, the campus is bright and colorful and features artwork created by students. The local student population at the Universidad Veritas is generally artistic and creative and tend to be somewhat liberal. The campus is small but has an open-air atmosphere with a courtyard and cafeteria ideal for studying or practicing Spanish with other students. Students are able to utilize the very modern and well equipped computer labs as well the library. Classes are relatively small and boast a good student-to-teacher ratio in a multicultural setting. Expect to see other American and international students in your classes and in the common area.
You will stay with a Costa Rican family in a middle-class neighborhood. Veritas students will live in the Zapote neighborhood, within walking distance to the university. Zapote is close to downtown, but is a quieter and more relaxed area. Housing near the Universidad Latina is located in the San Pedro neighborhood. This neighborhood is filled with students and a very young active population. Living here you will be nearby many restaurants and interesting places to check out, while also having very easy access to all that is offered in downtown San José.