Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica

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Study Abroad in San José: Academics

Veritas University

Veritas University was founded in 1975 when it was the Architecture and Design College of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, the first private university in Costa Rica. In 1991, Veritas University became an independent university fully accredited by the Costa Rica Ministry of Education. It has since then grown to become one of the most highly regarded private universities in the Latin American academic community specialized in creative industries and sustainability with a population of over 1,600 degree-seeking students. In 2018, the institution became a member of the LCI Education Network, a Canadian network of higher education institutions present on five continents and 23 campuses worldwide.

Veritas is a member of NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the College Consortium for International Studies. All semester, summer, and short term programs reflect their training and dedication in best practices as well as the use of the innovative Competency-based pedagogical model. It has an urban campus, equipped with modern facilities, including both MAC & PC labs, a Digital Fabrication Lab, a wood and metal lab, a Bio-molecular laboratory, library, a materials store, and a student cafeteria.

Program Options

Students on the 4-week programs (Sessions 1 and 2) take an intensive Spanish language course, available at all levels. Standard Veritas language courses are 60 contact hours and are recommended for 4 semester credits. For students from institutions requiring 6-credit language courses there may be the option of doing additional language hours for extra credit for a supplemental fee. This is only available during Session 2. Please discuss with your Admissions Officer upon application.

Each Spanish course is taught for 15 hours per week from Monday through Friday, from 9am-12pm over 4 weeks. Students will be placed into the appropriate level determined by a written and oral test taken online prior to departure from the U.S. All courses are subject to a minimum enrollment of 3 students. There is a maximum of 15 students per language class.

Session 2 students can either take a regular Spanish language course or a specialized Spanish for Health or Law Enforcement Professionals course. Advanced level students have the option of taking Business Spanish, Cultural Heritage in Latin America or Advanced Composition.

Choose Session 1, Session 2 or both and stay for 8 weeks and earn up to 8 credits. Although not guaranteed, students can expect to advance to the next language level for the second session.

Students on this program (Sessions 3 and 4) take Spanish Language for Health Professionals and one health care elective taught in English. The Spanish language course is 60 contact hours and recommended for 4 semester credits. Health care electives are for a total of 48 or 60 hours and recommended for 3 or 4 credits.

Students on this program (Session 5) take a Spanish language course for 4 credits and one elective course taught in English, or an elective course taught in Spanish (see Spanish Language courses for options) for 3 or 4 credits for a total of up to 8 credits.

Advanced level students have the further option of taking a Spanish for Business course.

Electives for 4 credits comprise 48 hours of classes plus mandatory field trips; totaling 60 hours. Field trips provide on-site examples of some of the topics learned through class work and readings. Electives for 3 credits total 48 contact hours. All courses are subject to a minimum enrollment of 5 students. Electives are taught in English unless otherwise stated.

Academic Overview & Policies

Placement for Spanish courses Students will be placed into the appropriate level determined by a written and oral test taken online prior to departure from the U.S.

Credit In order to ensure that you receive credit for the Spanish level that you are placed into, we recommend that you have courses at several levels approved by your academic advisor at your home school prior to registration. Many foreign institutions have higher standards for assessing language levels of students than you might expect in a U.S. institution.

Attendance is mandatory and students are only allowed to have two excused absences. If a student is absent two consecutive days, they will automatically fail the course and lose the academic credits.

Transcripts will be issued by Veritas University. One official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

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