International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Universities in San José

Universidad Veritas

La Universidad Veritas where ISA students attend class.
La Universidad Veritas where ISA students attend class.

The Universidad Veritas was one of the first private universities in Costa Rica. A fully-accredited university, Veritas is a dynamic and progressive institution, focusing on Spanish Language education, media arts, architecture and design.

The Collegium Veritas, created in 1976, was one of the four founding schools of the first private university in Costa Rica. After demonstrating an exceptionally high level of academics for eighteen years, the Universidad Veritas became an accredited institution. The university is committed to offering the best in academics while also responding to the practical demands of its students and society. The university is renowned in Costa Rica for its design, art, architecture and photography programs. In addition, the University welcomes international students to study Spanish at its International Programs Department (CPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,500 Costa Rican students and about 150 international students during a given semester. All students enjoy access to the university library, computer labs, and study areas.

Service-Learning in San José

Participants will attend one of the following universities if they are participating in an ISA program in conjunction with their service-learning program:
*Veritas University

Students participating in a full-time service-learning program will serve 15-35 hours per week at a local organization. All participants will develop a Portfolio throughout the program which includes reflective essays, group discussions, logs of hours, a supervisor evaluation and a certificate of completion.

Students participating in an ISA academic program and service-learning during the semester will work 5-10 hours per week at a local host organization while attending classes at the host university. The service-learning placement will begin 1-2 weeks after the first week of classes and end the week prior to final exams.

Students participating in an ISA academic program during the summer will begin their service-learning program after the ISA Summer academic program ends. Participants will spend between 15-35 hours per week at a local organization.

Participants can earn 1-6 credits based on the number of contact hours accrued at the host organization and successful completion of the Portfolio. Visit the Academic Credit page of the ISA Service-Learning website for more information.

Our programs at the Service-Learning in San José

Custom Programs in San Jose

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in San Jose
  • Service-learning and/or internships