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Semester / Trimester

Arts and Design Courses with Locals -Universidad Veritas

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 Universidad Veritas placement exam will not be eligible for this program and must switch into the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Studies program.

Courses are taught by host university faculty at the Universidad Veritas.

Semester + Semester Programs Available: Students may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting their two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your San José Site Specialist.


Minimum GPA

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.

Course Information

Course Disclaimer

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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