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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Please follow the application instructions in the brochure below.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architectual Studies, Art, Design, Environmental Studies, Health Education, History, Internships, 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: Apartment, 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:
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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.

VERITAS has many international academic agreements with universities and educational agencies hosting over 500 foreign students per year.

The University VERITAS Center for International Programs has been in charge of developing different opportunities in International Education since 1993. VERITAS is a fully accredited university by the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica and has been able to transfer credits to institutions in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Australia and Japan.


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Academic Program

The academic core of the Universidad Veritas program is the four week (5 credit) intensive Spanish module. For the summer months, this can be June only, July only or June and July combined. In addition, there are various speciality programs focusing on Spanish for specific professions and programs that combine Spanish with elective courses.
  • Specialty: Spanish for Health Professions
  • Specialty: Spanish for Law Enforcement Professions
  • June Hybrid Short Term Programs available at this time: Tropical Marine Biology. Ask for more hybrid electives courses.
  • June Hybrid Short Term Program. You will complete 2 weeks online during mid-May and spend 2 and half weeks in Costa Rica during June to complete all the field sessions for your program.
  • July Intensive Elective Courses (5 weeks)
  • June & July Health Intensive Electives
  • Special Spanish Courses


2.75+ GPA preferred



Living with a host family is the easiest way for students to experience Costa Rican culture and practice their Spanish. The homestays tend to be one of the main highlights of studying abroad at Veritas.

Many of the homestay families have worked with Veritas for several years. New families are personally interviewed and vetted by the staff, including a home visit to ensure that the accommodations meet their standards. The staff evaluate homestay accommodations based on: distance from the university, general neighborhood environment, overall appearance, cleanliness, size of the home, student accommodations and living space. Most importantly, Veritas considers the family’s motivation for wanting to host study abroad students.

Students will have a private room, and will be provided breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Laundry service is provided once a week. Lunch can be purchased on or near campus during the week for $4-10. All families live within walking distance (less than 1.5 kilometers) from campus. Veritas also provides a shuttle for students with evening classes or extracurricular activities. The safety of the students is priority. 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

Program Charge

The basic Veritas program fee for Summer 2016 for the standard four week intensive Spanish module, either June (May 30 - June 24) or July (July 6 - 31), will be $2,485.
This includes:
• Veritas Enrollment Fee and transcript
• Four week Intensive Spanish Module (a typical 80 contact hour module is 5 credits)
• Instructional Materials
• Airport Pick-up (arrival only)
• Homestay (room, breakfast and dinner)
• SIUC CISI comprehensive study abroad health insurance + Siu adminstrative charges
• Excursions: The exact excursions will vary depending on the semester and the weather. Transportation, lodging and breakfasts usually included for overnights.

There are no refunds once the course has begun.  Program charge is billed through the SIU Bursar.

Other Costs

All Students: Passport, one credit-hour at SIUC (LAC 288), airfare and personal expenses including lunches, laundry, and personal items.
Additional Month Intensive Spanish Module (June + July Only, June 1 to July 31, 2015):
An additional one month intensive Spanish program will be $2,089 more. Airport pick-up and the enrollment fee are not included for the second month. It does include the extra housing days for the break between the June and July modules and additional excursions.
July Extended Session (July 6 – August 7): This combines an intensive Spanish module with an elective class in English or Spanish over five weeks. The cost varies and depends on the elective. Please contact us for available elective classes. They are offered in the afternoon or evening. You may combine a regular, Intensive Spanish Module in June with the July Extended Session.

In addition, you may also combine the June Spanish module with the July Extended program, which offers the Spanish module plus one elective.

Financial Aid

Reguar financial aid applies. This program is also eligible for the Salukis Abroad Scholarship.

Additional Information

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You must first complete an Advising application by clicking on Apply Now at the top of the page. Once accepted by SIU Carbondale, you will be directed to how to complete the actual Veritas application.


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