The Arts and Design Courses with Locals semester program at the Universidad Veritas is open to students at the high-advanced Spanish level. Students will choose a total of 4 courses from the following categories: Courses with Costa Ricans, Language Modules, and/or General Electives. Students may choose any combination to complete their 4 choices as long as scheduling permits; however, students MUST take at least one course with locals. The Language Modules are 4 weeks long, while the General Electives are 12 weeks. All courses with locals last for the entire semester. For an extra fee, and if schedules allow, students may take a fifth course. Students who do not place into the high-advanced level on the mandatory Veritas University placement exam will not be eligible for this program and must switch into the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Studies program.
*Students may also add a San José Intensive Month program to any program. It's the student's responsibility to ensure that dates will not overlap.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
Minimum Admissions Prerequisites
Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (7-8 quarters) of college-level Spanish.
All students on the Arts and Design Courses with Locals program are required to take a two-part placement test. The first portion is administered online by Veritas University prior to departure. The second portion is administered on-site upon arrival in Costa Rica and consists of an oral interview with a Veritas professor. The combination of these results determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.
Students who do not place into the high-advanced level will be required to participate in the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Studies program. Due to a difference in dates, the student is responsible for all airline change fees and any additional costs that he/she may have incurred.
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