Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies

Universidad Veritas
San José, Costa Rica
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies

  • 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

    Fall 1B 2019

  • Program Dates

    Sep 28, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Jun 15, 2019

  • Credit

    188 - 300 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $9,795

  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Open to students at all levels of Spanish, this program is an excellent option for those who want to advance their Spanish proficiency while also fulfilling liberal arts credit.

You will be able to enroll in both Spanish language courses and electives taught in either English or Spanish. Electives that are taught in Spanish are typically only available to students at the advanced or high advanced levels. Your courses will be taught by the faculty at the Universidad Veritas, and you will learn alongside fellow international students.

You may add an intensive month session as a preface to the Fall semester programs at the Universidad Veritas.

You may add on additional service weeks and earn additional academic credit. Please speak with ISA staff about adding on additional weeks and credit.

You can combine the Spring + Fall OR Fall + Spring sessions at a discounted price. For more information about this option, please contact your ISA Costa Rica Program Manager. 

*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

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Contact Hours

188 - 300

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 19

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 30

Academic Information

Students will be able to enroll in four courses at the Universidad Veritas. All 80-hour Spanish courses will be held in the mornings, whereas the 60 and 48 hour electives will be held in the afternoons. Students can either take three 80-hour modular courses and one elective, two 80-hour modular courses and two electives, one 80-hour modular course and three electives, or four electives during this program. If you have not completed a college semester or quarter of Spanish or the equivalent, ISA strongly recommends you to choose at least one Spanish module as a course. 

  • 80-hour Spanish Language courses
    80-hour Spanish courses are 4-week long, intensive modular courses and are completed sequentially. Students can enroll in up to three 80-hour courses.
  • 60-hour courses
    60-hour electives offered by the university may include a field study component at no extra cost to the student. Because of the schedule of these field trips, students are typically only able to enroll in one or two such courses per program. These 60-hour electives run throghout the duration of the trimester. Please contact the site specialist with any questions.
  • 48-hour courses
    48-hour electives run throughout the duration of the semester. There are electives available in English and in Spanish. 
  • 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 soley based on the host university's input, but are not necessarily representative of course levels at your home university. 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
High Beginning
High Intermediate
High Intermediate / Advanced
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High Advanced
80 Contact Hours
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Taught In English
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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

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.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Arenal

Arenal Volcano is located near the agricultural community of La Fortuna, where it dominates the village landscape. You will have the opportunity to tour a local sustainable farm, relax in the area's hot springs, gaze upon glowing hot boulders descending from the volcano in the night, and enjoy optional activities, such as horseback riding and hiking through the rainforest.

Irazu & Basilica de los Angeles

The Volcán Irazú is an active volcano just outside of San José with several craters, including one filled with a brilliant, green lake. After visiting the volcano, you will enjoy lunch with a stunning view of the central valley and visit one of Costa Rica's most iconic buildings, La Basilica de Los Angeles.

Monteverde * Optional

The Biological Cloud Forest Preserve in Monteverde is incredibly rich in biodiversity, representing more than 2,000 species of plants, 400 species of birds, and 100 different species of mammals within its 26,000 acres. Hiking, bird watching, and horseback riding are just a few of the popular activities here. Don't miss out on the highest canopy tour in all of Costa Rica - swing through the forest on cables 130 ft. above the ground!

Punta Leona

On this excursion, you will have the opportunity to visit Carara national park, a famous national park in Costa Rica that is known for its rich biodiversity. You will also spend the night in a hotel on a private reserve on the beach, where you can enjoy the spectacular views, free activities, and optional tours.