Many of our homestay families have worked with Veritas for several years. New families are personally interviewed and vetted by our staff, including a home visit to ensure that the accommodations meet our standards. We 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 our students is priority.
If you wish to stay with a host family, please specify on the application, and fill out the housing form.
The Homestay program is $29 per day.
Contact Pamela Badilla, our Student Affairs and Homestay Coordinator, at the Center for International Programs with questions about homestay. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (+506) 2246-4645.
The Bachelor in Sustainability Management is designed to provide innovative education and research opportunities through projects that prepare students to be active and effective citizens in finding solutions to unsustainable practices and to value eco-systemic services. These solutions will focus on the need for citizen participation, systemic thinking and the promotion and adoption of sustainable production and consumption practices related to the quality of water, energy, materials and technology use, food systems, climate mitigation and adaptation and Environmental policy, among others.
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