San Jose, COSTA RICA
Veritas University (ISA)
Fall: September - December
Spring: January - April
Spend a semester studying in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. You can study either the fall or spring semester at the Veritas University, taking Spanish language courses and courses in English toward your major, minor, elective, or general education requirements at Lewis.
Students may complete up to three courses of college level Spanish as well as additional electives in various fields during one twelve-week session in Costa Rica. Several of the electives offered are taught in Spanish (for advanced level Spanish speakers), and others are taught in English. Another great advantage of this program is that language courses are four weeks long. Students can complete an intensive Spanish language course in four weeks and then move on to a higher level Spanish class. Students are entitled to enroll in a total of four courses (combination of electives and four-week language courses). All classes are at Veritas University with American and other international students.
Students will study in San José at Veritas University. The Collegium Veritas, created in 1976, was one of the four founding schools of the first private university in Costa Rica. The University is committed to offering the best in academics while also responding to the practical demands of its students and society. 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 at its International Programs Department (DPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,500 Costa Rican students and about 150 international students during a given semester. All students enjoy access to the university library, computer labs, and study areas.
No previous knowledge of Spanish is required to participate in the program. You are required to take four Veritas University courses during the semester, which will be 12-18 Lewis credits. Depending on your language level and interest, you will take 3-12 credits in the Spanish Language. For the remaining credits, you can choose from a variety of courses offered in either Spanish or English from the university.
Required Courses (3-12 credits):
Elective Courses (3-9 credits):
- Spanish Language (Beginning - Advanced)
- Environmental Sciences
- Political Science
You will have a truly enjoyable and immersive experience living in a Costa Rican (Tico) home with a local family. All housing is located in middle to upper class neighborhoods and offers glimpses of everyday life with easy access to your university and to city amenities. The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding. You just have to remember to stay open-minded at all times.
ISA San Jose homestays allow students to experience aspects of Costa Rican or "tico" lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Students have the opportunity for complete cultural immersion by staying with locals and experiencing the Costa Rican way of life. In your homestay, you will have your own bedroom, although there may be another ISA student living in the same homestay. Every family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable and immersive living situation. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day (except for excursion days) and laundry service once a week.
For the current program charge amount, please check the Budget Sheets above or contact the Study Abroad Office. The program charge includes Lewis tuition, housing for a homestay, breakfasts and dinners, on-site orientation, program-sponsored excursions, medical insurance, and a mandatory $300 Lewis Study Abroad fee.
The program charge does not include airfare, passport and visa fees, additional meals, supplies, and personal expenses.
Program charges are based on costs of the prior year, as well as projections for the current and coming years. Inflation and fluctuating exchange rates make it difficult to state a fixed cost. Lewis University, therefore, reserves the right to adjust program fees and the right to cancel or alter programs and courses.
No previous knowledge of Spanish is required to participate in the program. To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
Please click on the Application Process link in the left column to learn more about the application process and what other materials are required. If you are ready to apply, then click on the Apply Now button.