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A perennial spring-like climate and an average temperature of 72'F make Costa Rica a very attractive destination in a tropical setting. This warm and friendly country has more than 621 miles of shoreline. Four kinds of tropical forests, beautiful beaches on both coasts, seventeen micro-climates, 855 species of birds, 221 species of animals and 12,000 species of plants, are among the natural assets of this small paradise.

San Jose, the country's capital and home to the University VERITAS, has a large number of excellent museums, restaurants, pubs and theaters. Originally founded in 1975 as a college of the "Universidad Autonoma de Centro America (UACA)" - the first private university in Costa Rica - Universidad Veritas is now an independent university, highly esteemed within the Latin American academic community.

Located in the eastern part of San Jose, then minutes away from downtown, Universidad VERITAS has a student enrollment of nearly 1,500.Join our group on Facebook

 

City, Country 

San Jose, Costa Rica

Session 

Semester, Summer, Academic Year 

Dates

Spring 2014 Programs 

12 Week/12 Credits Program: January 4, 2014 - March 29, 2014.

All Spanish courses are offered in a 4 week module and electives are offered in an intensive 5 day schedule -electives are subject to enrollment- You will complete 3 modules of Spanish and one 12 week elective for 15-16 credits.

12 Week Session Information:

Spanish courses are taught in the morning and each level takes 4 weeks.

Elective courses are taught in the afternoon for 12 weeks.
Students will take four courses total per semester, including Spanish and elective courses.

Options include:    

  • 3 SPN / 1 Elec (ie, 101 Spanish in September/October, 102 Spanish in October/November, 201 Spanish in November/December and Tropical Ecology)  
  • 2 SPN / 2 Elec (ie, 101 in September/October, 102 in October/November + Tropical Ecology and Classical Philosophy. No Spanish in November/December)
  • 1 SPN / 3 Elec (ie, 101 in September/October + Tropical Ecology + Classical Philosophy + International Business, No Spanish in late October/November/December)
  • 4 Electives (ie, Tropical Ecology + Classical Philosophy + International Business + Lecturas Selectas, No Spanish courses at all)

 It is not possible to take 4 Spanish courses in 3 months.

16 Week/16 Credits Program: January 4, 2014 - May 3, 2014.
The additional 4 weeks will be another module of Spanish taken at the next level.     

Summer 2014 Programs

4 Week/4 Credits Program: July 5, 2014 - August 2, 2014

One 4 week module of Spanish taught in the morning.


5 Week/7 Credits Program: July 5, 2014 - August 9, 2014

One 4 week module of Spanish taught in the morning, with one additional elective course taken in the afternoon.

Other program options are available for summer. Contact the International Programs Office for more information.

Fall 2014 Programs

12 Week/12 Credits Program: September 27, 2014 - December 20, 2014.

All Spanish courses are offered in a 4 week module and electives are offered in an intensive 5 day schedule -electives are subject to enrollment- You will complete 3 modules of Spanish and one 12 week elective for 15-16 credits.

12 Week Session Information:

Spanish courses are taught in the morning and each level takes 4 weeks.

Elective courses are taught in the afternoon for 12 weeks.
Students will take four courses total per semester, including Spanish and elective courses.

Options include:    

  • 3 SPN / 1 Elec (ie, 101 Spanish in September/October, 102 Spanish in October/November, 201 Spanish in November/December and Tropical Ecology)  
  • 2 SPN / 2 Elec (ie, 101 in September/October, 102 in October/November + Tropical Ecology and Classical Philosophy. No Spanish in November/December)
  • 1 SPN / 3 Elec (ie, 101 in September/October + Tropical Ecology + Classical Philosophy + International Business, No Spanish in late October/November/December)
  • 4 Electives (ie, Tropical Ecology + Classical Philosophy + International Business + Lecturas Selectas, No Spanish courses at all)

 It is not possible to take 4 Spanish courses in 3 months.

16 Week/16 Credits Program: August 30, 2014 - December 20, 2014.

During the first month of the program you will take one Spanish course in the morning. Spanish courses in the morning and elective courses in the afternoon are offered starting in October.

Requirements

Semester: 2.5 GPA, Must be second semester sophomore or higher

Summer: 2.5 GPA

Application Deadline

Summer Admission: April 1, 2014

Fall Admission: April 15, 2014

Spring Admission: October 15, 2014

Please submit the following by the application deadline:

The Course Approval Form (due May 1st) is to be submitted by SUNY Cortland students only. Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms along with the SUNY application.

Travel Information

Participants Make Own Travel Arrangements. Airport pick-up is included in the program fee.

Program Costs

12 Week Program: Spring 2014 **Tentative and Subject to Change**

16 Week Program: Spring 2014 **Tentative and Subject to Change**

4 Week/4 Credit Program:  Summer 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

5 Week/7 Credit Program:  Summer 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

5 Week/8 Credit Program:  Summer 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

12 Week Program: Fall 2013 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

16 Week Program*: Fall 2013 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

Costs for the 12 Week Program are built on a schedule of three Spanish Modules and one 12 week Elective. Costs for the 16 Week Program are built on a schedule of four Spanish Modules and one 12 week Elective. Individual changes to these schedules can result in differences in the overall program fee. Please contact the International Programs Office for more information.

*The 16 week program qualifies for an Exchange Award, which can result in considerable savings on the total program cost. The Exchange Award is available to SUNY Cortland students only. Please contact International Programs to obtain an application for the award and an exchange budget for this program.

Program Course Information

4 Credits are awarded for Spanish Modules. 3 Credits are awarded for Elective Courses. Some electives may be awarded 4 Credits - please contact the International Programs Office for details.

Students wishing to taking elective courses in Spanish must test into the Advanced language level. A placement test is given one to two months before the start of the program to determine your language level.

Intensive Spanish Module Courses

Elective Courses (English and Spanish)

FAQs

Accommodations

Students live with local families selected for their interest in cultural exchange and experience with foreign students.

Most of the families live within walking distance of the university. Students will receive single room accommodation and can choose to be the only student staying with a host family or have housemates that are also studying at Veritas.

All host families have wireless internet. 

Host families provide breakfast and dinner. Students may purchase a lunch of rice, beans, salad, chicken or beef, and a beverage for about US $5 to $7 in the university cafeteria. Cheaper snacks and lunches are available at the university cafe.  

Please return the Housing Request Form with your application.

Read detailed information about the Veritas Host Families.

Host Website

Universidad VERITAS

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Student Mentors

Meaghan Lauer: meaghan.lauer@cortland.edu (Spring 2012)
Mallory Gorman: mallory.gorman@cortland.edu (Summer 2011)
Lyla Shaibi: lyla.shaibi@cortland.edu (Spring 2011)