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ISA: Summer Spanish Language & Latin American Culture at Veritas University
San Jose, Costa Rica (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Restrictions: ASU applicants only
Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Foreign Languages
Program Type:
Partnership
Language of Instruction:
Spanish
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Internships Available:
No
Graduate Courses Available:
No
GPA Requirement:
2.50
International Coordinator:
Barbara Young
Program Competitiveness:
Low
Available to Non-ASU Students:
No
  Program Details

Overview

ISA San Jose - City
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   Quick Facts

  • Take courses in Spanish language at all levels, including Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals, Spanish for Health Professionals and Spanish for Business
  • Participate in the Bridging Cultures Program to help ease your transition into your study abroad experience
  • Spend one or two summer sessions in the vibrant and historic city of San Jose
  • Consider adding an optional Service Learning placement to your study abroad experience to gain more experience and work in the local community
  • Enjoy excursions to locations such as Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, Playa Tamarindo, etc.

Location

ISA San Jose - City View
Photo courtesy of ISA

Location Details

San José, with a population of approximately 1.5 million people, is the "hub" of Costa Rica in every sense of the word. It is the cultural, economic and social center of the country where one can experience the hustle and bustle of daily life for nearly a third of the country's population. San José is also a very cosmopolitan city, with a large international population, many international organizations, corporations and NGO's, and numerous opportunities to taste cuisine from all over the world with a Costa Rican twist.

San José, or Chepe, as the locals lovingly refer to it, has experienced high growth rates in the past century, turning it into a true Latin American metropolis. Although the city may not be viewed as aesthetically pleasing in the traditional sense of the term, and suffering from traffic woes as well as less than stellar architectural preservation, there is an indescribable charm about the city that is discovered by visitors upon meeting friendly locals or "ticos" at a local café and witnessing historical gems like the National Theater and the National Cathedral.

San José features a vibrant urban center, with a pleasant pedestrian-only boulevard lined with a variety of restaurants, shops, and some of the city's best attractions. At night you can feel the pulsing heartbeat of the city in the festive beats emanating from the many salsa clubs that can be found all over the city. Fanning out from downtown, you will encounter quieter neighborhoods, a variety of tranquil parks, and pockets of activity like the San Pedro Mall and El Pueblo. Not far from the city center, you will be able to experience quiet neighboring towns, including the pristine colonial capital, Cartago. From San José's two bus terminals (the Pacific Terminal and the Caribbean Terminal), you are able to easily travel anywhere in the country and experience the natural wonders of Costa Rica.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not require a visa.* For programs over 90 days, please contact ISA for information regard immigration requirements. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses

The Universidad Veritas was founded in 1975 as the Collegium Veritias, a college of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, the first private university in Costa Rica. Veritas University is now an independent private university, fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education and authorized by the National Council of Private Higher Education (Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Privada, or CONESUP). The University is renowned in Costa Rica for its design, art, architecture and photography programs. In addition, the University welcomes international students to study Spanish through its International Programs Department (DPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,850 Costa Rican students and about 320 international students during any given semester or summer.

ISA students have access to all of the university's amenities such as computer labs and photography laboratories and studios, should their courses require it. Wireless internet access is also available in the cafeteria. Foreign students may check out books related to their subject of study from the school library. Accessibility to professors and the Director of International Programs is fairly easy. Spanish language and elective professors provide students with office hours and will also make appointments for special meetings.

Course Disclaimer:

  • Students will complete one 80 hour (5 credit) course per summer session
  • Not all language courses are offered in both summer sessions
  • Students who have not completed any college-level Spanish will be required to take a language course
  • Course placement is often based on a placement test administered on-site
  • There may be mandatory prerequisites for some courses offered
  • For a specific list of course prerequisites, please refer to the course listing/course descripts for this program on the ISA website

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale
Click here to view how credits and grades at Veritas University will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Service-Learning:
Students participating a service-learning placement as part of their summer program, will complete their placement after the ISA summer academic program ends. Participants will spend between 15-35 hours per week at a local organization.

Students participating in an ISA semester academic program will work 5-10 hours per week at a local host organization while attending classes at Veritas University. The service-learning placement will begin 1-2 weeks after the first week of classes and end the week prior to final exams.

Service-learning participants must work with their ASU academic department to determine the posibility of earning credit for their placement.

Veritas University


Veritas University 2

Veritas University 3
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Housing

ISA San Jose - Student
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Program Housing

ISA Housing in San José allows students a truly enjoyable and immersive experience living in a Costa Rican (Tico) home with a local family. All housing is located in middle to upper class neighborhoods near the Universidad Veritas and offers glimpses of everyday life with easy access to your university and to city amenities. 

Homestays:
ISA San Jose homestays allow students to experience aspects of Costa Rican or "tico" lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Students have the opportunity for complete cultural immersion by staying with locals and experiencing the Costa Rican way of life. Homestays include breakfast and dinner every day (except for excursion days) and laundry service once a week. In your homestay you will have your own bedroom, although there may be another ISA student living in the same homestay. Every family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable and immersive living situation. 

Independent Housing:
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option may receive a discount equal to the housing portion (room, board, and laundry) of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are solely responsible for researching, reserving, and paying for all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose. Students who pursue independent housing will be required to complete an Independent Housing Waiver with the Study Abroad Office. For more information, please contact your International Coordinator.

Accessibility

Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.


ISA San Jose - Truck
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Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Summer Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
**
Rolling Admission 06/03/2017 08/05/2017
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
There are two sessions offered:
Summer 1: 06/03/17 - 07/01/17
Summer 2: 07/08/17 - 08/05/17
Students can participate in one or both of the above sessions.

Summer 1 + Service Learning: 06/03/2017 - 07/29/2017
Summer 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed