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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architectual Studies, Art, Design, Economics, Environmental Studies, Health Education, History, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Family Stay, Residence Hall Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-degree/Other
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75 Click here for a definition of this term Type of Experience: *Study Abroad, Internship
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term SIU College: Liberal Arts
Click here for a definition of this term SIU Department: Architecture, School of, Art & Design, School of, Foreign Languages & Literatures Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer
Click here for a definition of this term Applicants: SIUC Students Only Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: *SIU
Program Description:
Universidad Veritas founded in 1991, is a private Art, Design and Architecture University in San José, Costa Rica. There are approximately 1,800 students enrolled in seven different schools: Architecture, Advertising Design, Digital Animation, Film & Television, Interior Space Design, Product Design and Photography.

The Center for International Programs (CIP) at Veritas offers a wide range of study abroad programs on its tropical campus in Costa Rica. Students can choose from English or Spanish taught courses, full-immersion Study with Locals, Short-Term programs, and internships to build an educational experience that fits their needs. Intensive Spanish language courses also begin each month. Discover Latin America from a new perspective, while studying in one of the most colorful countries in the world!


San Jose, Costa Rica

Academic Programs in English

  • Environmental Science
  • Art and Humanities
  • Business, Economics and Communication
  • Health and Human Development
  • History, Politics and International Relations


Number of Participants


Housing for our program always includes your own room. You will know where and with whom you are living, at least two weeks prior to your program's start date as long as we have your e-mail address to send the information to you.
If you are living with a family, don't expect to use their telephone. Students may only receive calls. Local calls are also limited. Students should plan to bring an international calling card, and purchase a local telephone card upon arrival. Phone cards can be purchased easily, giving you access from almost any public phone. Bring along small extras like an alarm clock and hangers.
  • All of our families are within walking distance of the campus.
  • Host family provides two meals per day. Luch can be purchased at the University's cafeteria for around $4.50 or at nearby restaurants.
  • If a student arrives earlier than the orientation date or departs later than the finishing dates, she/he must pay for extra days of homestay.
The following are provided within the homestay  program:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Keys
  • Blankets
  • Pillow
  • Sheets
  • Laundry once a week
  • Own room
  • Pots and pans
  • Towels for shower but not beach towels
  • WiFi
There are few furnished apartments or rooms in the Student Residences available. Apartments are set with basic needs such as pots, pans, and linens. The apartments do not always have private telephone lines. Universidad VERITAS doesn't own any of these apartments, so we can't guarantee placement or availability.  Students must pay directly to the landlord in Costa Rica.

If you would like to stay in an apartment, we suggest you book 3 to 4 days in a bed & breakfast or youth hostel, so you can come and look at available apartments and choose the one that suits your needs and budget. Some apartment landlords might require a deposit in order to be precautious against damages.


Exchange Cost

The students will be billed for the following costs:
  • Tuiton
  • Room and Board
  • Books and Materials
  • Registration fee
  • (Optional) excursion package
Tuition and fees are due within 4 days after student's arrival. There are no refunds once the course has begun. You may pay with credit card or Bank Transfer. No personal checks are accepted.

Other Costs

(Optional) Staying in an apartment paying a deposit plus rent

Financial Aid

Additional Information

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Center for International Programs
(506) 2246-4600 Central
(506) 2253-5355 Fax
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