Intensive Spanish Language

Universidad Veritas
San José, Costa Rica
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Intensive Spanish Language

  • Location

    San José

  • Host University

    Universidad Veritas

    Veritas University is 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. Additionally, it prioritizes internationalization and welcomes several hundred international students during any given semester or summer to study through its International Programs Department (DPI). ISA students have access to all of the university's amenities, including computer labs, wireless internet, a library, a cafeteria, and photography labs and studios, should their courses require them. Staff and faculty at the university are easily accessible to students. Spanish language and elective professors provide students with office hours and will also make appointments for special meetings.

  • Term

    September: September 2019

  • Program Dates

    Aug 31, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019

  • Program Length

    Intensive Month

  • Application Deadline

    Jul 01, 2019

  • Credit

    80 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $2,995

  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

This program is intended for students at all levels of Spanish who wish to improve their Spanish proficiency in a short period of time. You will enroll in one 80 hour course with fellow international students and be instructed by faculty at the Universidad Veritas.

If you would like extra preparation for another ISA session in San José, or simply want to extend your stay in Costa Rica, this four week session is an excellent option.

Students may add on additional service weeks and earn additional academic credit. Please speak with your ISA Costa Rica Program Manager about adding on additional weeks and credit.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

80

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

5

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

7 - 8

Academic Information

Academic Information

You will be able to enroll in one 80-hour Spanish course during this four week program.

80-hour Spanish Language courses
80-hour Spanish courses are 4-week long, intensive modular courses that are held for four hours each morning. These courses are an excellent opportunity for you to advance your Spanish language abilities.

Language Level Placement
All students enrolling in a language course above the Beginner level must take a Spanish language placement exam prior to departure. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level and determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.

Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the host university course level recommendations and course codes and are only recommendations.

At Veritas University, course codes are composed of two parts: an alpha code indicating the discipline or field of study and a numeric code that indicates the type of course and level. The first number indicates the level or degree of complexity of ongoing research.

  • Courses that start with a 1 are introductory courses or beginner level language acquisition courses.
  • Courses that start with a 2 are courses that require more hours of independent study and are intermediate level language acquisition courses.
  • Courses that start with a 3 are courses that require research and presentations, have field trips or visits requiring reports, and are advanced level language acquisition courses.
  • Courses that start with a 4 have a very similar level to level 3 courses, but usually are "specialty areas" within a discipline. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Requests for sample syllabi can be made to your San José Site Specialist.

Courses

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Universidad Veritas
International Students
Beginning
High Beginning
Intermediate
High Intermediate
Advanced
High Advanced
80 Contact Hours

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Svaja Pakalniskis

Program Manager, Costa Rica

SAN JOSÉ TEAM

Adriana Caravaca

Student Services Coordinator, Costa Rica

María Belén Jiménez

Resident Director, Costa Rica Programs, Costa Rica

Christian Vargas

Director of Latin America Operations, Costa Rica

Estefanía Jiménez

Service Learning Coordinator, Costa Rica

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

ISA Housing in San Jose allows students to enjoy an immersive experience living in a Costa Rican (Tico) home with a local family. With an open mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture will be both educational and highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations; however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. 

Homestay

ISA San Jose homestays allow students to experience aspects of Costa Rican or "tico" lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. All housing is located in middle to upper class neighborhoods near the Universidad Veritas and offers glimpses of everyday life with easy access to city amenities. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day (except for excursion days) and laundry service once a week. In your homestay you will have your own bedroom, although there may be another ISA student living in the same homestay. This will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new place and live as a local would, so take advantage, immerse yourself in the "pura vida", and let yourself become a Tico!

Independent Housing

You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.

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