The Universidad Veritas was founded in 1975 as the Collegium Veritias, a college of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, the first private university in Costa Rica. Veritas University is now an independent private university, fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and authorized by the National Council of Private Higher Education (Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Privada, or CONESUP). 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 through its International Programs Department (DPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,850 Costa Rican students and about 320 international students during any given semester or summer.
ISA students have access to all of the university's amenities such as computer labs and photography laboratories and studios, should their courses require it. Wireless internet access is also available in the cafeteria. Foreign students may check out books related to their subject of study from the school library. Accessibility to professors and the Director of International Programs is fairly easy. Spanish language and elective professors provide students with office hours and will also make appointments for special meetings.
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Participants will attend one of the following universities if they are participating in an ISA program in conjunction with their service-learning program:
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 theof the ISA Service-Learning website for more information.