Why should I choose Veritas for my study abroad experience?
Veritas offers a comprehensive study abroad program that includes a diverse selection of English and Spanish taught courses, in addition to our Spanish Language program. On-campus extracurricular activities, field trips, excursions, cultural activities and home stays with trusted local families ensure an enriching, unforgettable experience.
Veritas has provided quality study abroad courses to students from around the world for over 20 years, and has a dynamic, qualified team of instructors.
Are instructors Costa Rican?
All of the instructors in our Spanish Language Program are Costa Rican nationals. English and Spanish electives are taught by either Costa Ricans or foreign instructors who are permanent residents. All Veritas faculty members are well-qualified linguists with expertise in multicultural education and a Master’s or Ph.D. in their field. Their continuous efforts to improve our study abroad program strikes a balance between communicative and linguistic skills, and helps students develop a global understanding of Latin-American culture. All of our instructors are researchers and/or professionals in their area of study.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
No. Veritas offers several English taught electives, and our Spanish Language program includes Basic I Spanish, intended for students with no previous knowledge of the language.
How do I apply?
First, contact your study abroad office to check if it has partnership status. You can then either apply through your university, or click APPLY NOW on our website and follow the instructions for direct enrollment.
Will credits from Veritas be honored by my home university?
Be sure to check with the study abroad office or Spanish language department at your home university before starting the program. Language and elective courses must be pre-approved for academic credit. Veritas can provide course syllabi for you to review together with your academic advisor. Your home university will then assign credit value based on the number of hours per class.
Official transcripts are sent from Registrar to Registrar unless otherwise requested by the student or sending institution.
How are Spanish Language semesters structured at Veritas?
Intensive Spanish Language courses are held for 4 hours a day in 4-week sessions. Each course totals 80 class hours (5 credits). Once a level is completed, students may move on to the next—for example, Basic 1 Spanish could be taken in September, and Basic 2 Spanish in October. Classes are held Monday-Friday from 8AM-12PM.
What about English & Spanish taught courses?
English and Spanish Taught courses run for 12 weeks and are held Monday-Thursday in the afternoons. See the Academic Calendar to learn more!
How are summer courses scheduled?
Intensive Spanish Language courses are held for 8 weeks, Monday-Friday from 8AM-12PM. Summer electives are Monday-Thursday for 2 hours in the afternoons.
How many classes can I take at one time?
It is advised that students take no more than 2 classes per month. Up to 4 classes can be taken during the 8-week summer program.
Once class is over, are there things to do around campus?
There are a lot of extracurricular activities students can get involved in around campus. Veritas can connect you with cooking classes, yoga, tropical dance lessons, bible study groups, soccer and basketball games, Spanish Conversation Club, scuba diving lessons and more.
Can I really experience Costa Rica in such a short amount of time?
Absolutely! Weekend excursions provide a great opportunity for short-term students to experience much of Costa Rica in a short amount of time.
"I became way more curious about the world, I want to travel more now, I want to meet more people, learn more things, and I’ve made a lot of friends both Costa Rican and American and from all over the world"