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- Costa Rica /
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- AIFS: San José - Universidad Veritas and Internship Program
AIFS: San José - Universidad Veritas and Internship Program
Spend a semester, summer session, January term or academic year in lively San José, Costa Rica, studying at Veritas University. Courses are taught in English and Spanish, with no previous Spanish language study required. Please visit website for p... read more
I learned that I love to travel and I want to see more of the world. I learned to be grateful for the things that I have and the experiences I was able to have as well. I learned to live more authentically to who I am instead of who others want me to be. It was most certainly worthwhile. Ali - Texas State University-San Marcos View Entire Review
I learned to truly appreciate life. Take a break from technology and just go take a bus downtown and see things you've never seen in your own city. Costa Rica made me realize how to be happy with who I am surrounded by. Tara Maxey - Concordia University - Irvine View Entire Review
I learned that I am much more adaptable than I originally thought. I can have a plan but I also learned how to be flexible when that plan changes. I also realized how passionate I am about the Spanish language and that I would love to integrate that into my future career. Courtney Cooper - University of South Carolina - Upstate View Entire Review
Friendships. An improvement in my spoken and written Spanish. Permaculture and off-grid living experience. Herbal remedies to disease. A confidence to return and to travel throughout other foreign countries. Monica P - Berea College View Entire Review
I learned more Spanish, and met some amazing people. It was a life changing experience and I would recommend this to anyone. Tevin W - Berea College View Entire Review
I learned that I am an independent person who loves to travel and see the world. It was worth every penny and I made life long friends who see the world the same way I do. Rakia W - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I gained a new family. I will definitely visit them in the future. This program was worthwhile and I loved every day of it. Hannah G - Drake University View Entire Review
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YESSS. Wendy W - University of Wisconsin - Stout View Entire Review
Yes! I learned a lot about not only different culture, but I also learned a lot about myself by taking a leap of faith and doing something totally different than anything I have ever done Jamie S - University of Minnesota - Morris View Entire Review
Adjustability, fluency, openness, self-awareness Jacquelyn E Chin - Howard University View Entire Review
I learned how to easily accept another culture. It was very worthwhile. Alexandria Mangold - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
My way of thinking of Cultures and Diversity has grown even stronger. I love to explore other cultures, but living with a family for a week and in a different country made it grow and realize things I had not lived before. I come from Mexican parent and they tell me there stories of living and some of those I was able to experie... A student - California State University - Fullerton View Entire Review
I learned who I really am. Being away from the place that I was so comfortable with allowed me to open up, mature, and notice how thirsty I am to learn even more abut myself. I became more outgoing, adventurous, aware, mature, grateful, and most of all to notice that I will never stop growing. Mackenzie H - Saint Michael's College View Entire Review
Too much to write about! Experienced a wide range of ecosystems and wildlife including watching sea turtles lay eggs on the beach and monkeys as abundant as squirrels. Sarah C - Berea College View Entire Review
The friends I made and the cultural experiences I had definitely made it totally whorthwhile! A student - Washington State University - Pullman campus View Entire Review
I LOVED IT! You learned not only about the spanish language but the economy and culture of Costa Rica in general. You live the life of a Tico! A student - Hampton University View Entire Review
Yes it was worthwhile. Michael M - Illinois State University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself from this trip, that was the biggest thing I got out of the experience. I learned what kinds of people I wanted to spend time with, what I feel comfortable with and how to step out of my comfort zone. I did a lot of things I would have never done if I was in the US. Emily L - Drake University View Entire Review
Through this experience I have grown so much as an individual and as a citizen of the world. I learned that there are other versions of history than what we learned in our high schools in the US, everything has another perspective. Victoria S - Western Washington University View Entire Review
Spend a semester, summer session, January term or academic year in lively San José, Costa Rica, studying at Veritas University. Courses are taught in English and Spanish, with no previous Spanish language study required. Please visit website for program-specific details and eligibility requirements.
Semester and academic year students choose between three programs: Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Sciences Program | Spanish Language and Internship Program | Certificate of Knowledge Program. Students with a superior level of Spanish can take regular Veritas University courses in architecture, film and television, design, animation and fashion. Universidad Veritas offers
an internship program and volunteer opportunities that’ll help you make the
most of your semester abroad.
Summer students can begin or advance their Spanish language study while taking elective courses in English for a 4, 5 or 8 week session. Choose between three programs: Spanish Language and Latin American Culture (4 or 8 weeks) | Spanish for Health Care Professionals and Health Care Electives (5 weeks) | Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Studies (5 weeks). Choose courses in subjects including architecture, art, business, communications, economics, environmental science, health, history, linguistics, literature, photography, physical therapy, politics, psychology, social science and more.
During January term, students choose between two options: Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine | Conflict Resolution and Health Care. Both programs are instructed in English.
You'll live in a homestay within walking distance of the university and immerse yourself in Tico culture and Spanish language. You'll have your own room, with breakfast and dinner provided, a weekly laundry wash and internet access included.
Enjoy cultural and social activities such as walking tours of the city, Costa Rican cooking classes and visits to local museums and historical sites. Excursions may vary depending on the term you select but typically include travel such as a 3-day trip to Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs Spa and Monteverde Cloud Forest, a 3-day trip to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park and day trips to volcanoes, Doka Coffee Estate and Sarchi artisans. Optional excursions include travel such as a 4-day trip to Bocas del Toro,
Panama, and a 2-day hiking and rafting trip to Sarapiquí.
The lively capital of Costa Rica offers all of the amenities of a big city while being within reach of two coasts, volcanoes, national parks and the lush central highlands.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- January Term
- Short Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Marine Sciences
- Biology and Biomedical Sciences
- Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- Health Sciences General
- Social Sciences
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Cultural Studies
- Zoology, Animal Biology
- Botany, Plant Biology
- Environmental Science
- Latin American Studies
- International Relations
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Digital Arts
- Political Science and Government
- Biological and Physical Sciences
- Hospitality Administration
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Each year, AIFS awards more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs. Additional scholarships and grants are available to students at many schools across the country.
More than $800,00 in scholarships and grants are awarded each year
AIFS is a leading provider of study abroad programs, with a wide range of unique opportunities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas. Most AIFS campuses offer courses in English or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels, so you can have the study abroad experience that best suits you. The program fee is all-inclusive, making it simple for you to live, study abroad, and experience all that the world has to offer. Each year, more than $800,000 in scholarships and grants is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.
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