API (Academic Programs International): San Jose - Universidad Veritas

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Located in the central valley of Costa Rica, San José is a vibrant urban center in the heart of a serene and beautiful nation. Three volcanoes surround the city, and quaint villages, farms and coffee plantations dot the hillsides. Though the metro... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.3
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August 28, 2019 Unbelievable!
I gained confidence, intelligence, and a better sense of awareness of the world around me. - Eastern Illinois University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): San Jose - Universidad Veritas
I learned that I can make my way through a city somewhat competently, that I can always make more progress with Spanish, that I can do this again someday. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
This program really allowed me to become immersed in an unknown culture and gain insight as to how others live. It was the most fun, exciting, and adventurous month of my life - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
I became fluent in Spanish and learned about the Costa Rican culture. It was exactly what I wanted in a study abroad experience. It was everything and more that I imagined when I pictured myself studying abroad. The locals, not just the professors and our host families, were very welcoming of American students and wanted to h... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Costa Muy Rica!
Yes! It was very worthwhile. It was challenging, but that is what I signed up for. Everyday I had the opportunity to learn something new and I took advantage of that. My cultural experience impacted how I view Americans. I didn't realize how narcissistic we really are. We aren't the only Americans out there. Learning this made... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned about the culture as well as the other countries in Central and South America. I became more independent and began to trust myself more when traveling alone in a foreign country. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
March 22, 2016 Pura Vida
Gaining confidence in my spanish skills was my biggest gain. I also learned how to travel cheaply. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned a lot about being independent. I thought Trinity taught me to be independent, but in reality I was not. It was definitely worthwhile and I would do it again in a heartbeat. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review .....
Too much to write down here. yes. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
My experience was totally worth while. I did things there that I would have never done before. For example I went with one other girl traveling around Nicaragua, which could of been very sketchy, but I am proud to say we had no problems. I traveled by myself to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica which some people think is the... - Salem State College View Entire Review

About

Located in the central valley of Costa Rica, San José is a vibrant urban center in the heart of a serene and beautiful nation. Three volcanoes surround the city, and quaint villages, farms and coffee plantations dot the hillsides. Though the metropolitan area is home to 36% of the nation’s population, one can easily explore the smaller central area of the city and discover its neighborhood markets and local restaurants. Cultural opportunities including theater, music, cinema and dance are also abundant in San José. Visit the Museo Nacional; the Museo de Oro Precolombino, with its sparkling collection of pre-Columbian gold; or the Museo de Jade, which boasts the world’s largest collection of jade.

Programs in San Jose Includes: 


  • Art and Design Studies for Advanced Spanish Speakers: This program offers advanced Spanish speakers the opportunity to study art and design abroad by taking integrated courses with local Costa Rican students in the areas of advertising design, architecture, digital animation, interior design, photography, and product design. Students are highly encouraged to complete an intensive month of Spanish upon arrival and may consider taking one elective course in Spanish for international students to complement their studies with local students. Program fees include a maximum of up to 18 credit hours, which may consist of a mix of integrated courses with Costa Rican students and 1-2 courses designed for visiting international students.


  • Latin American Studies and Internship: This program at the Universidad Veritas provides an opportunity for students to improve their Spanish language skills, gain professional experience, and earn academic credit toward their degree plan by studying and participating in an study abroad internship in San José, Costa Rica. Students must enter the program with an advanced level of Spanish.


  • Multidisciplinary and Environmental Studies: Students who choose to study abroad in San José through API’s Multidisciplinary and Environmental Studies Program at the Universidad Veritas have the opportunity to complete a Spanish language course and select from a wide variety of elective course offerings in English or Spanish. Students participating in the quarter program complete one intensive, 4-week Spanish course (representing a total of 80 contact hours) and three elective courses. A semester program option is also available. Contact hours for each elective course range from 48 to 60 hours and students are advised that their home institution could choose to award between 3-4 U.S. semester credits for each elective course. All students will complete a Spanish placement test online prior to their departure to determine their Spanish level.


  • Summer Multidisciplinary and Environmental Studies: Students who choose to study abroad in San José through API’s Multidisciplinary and Environmental Studies Program summer program at the Universidad Veritas have the option to focus on improving their Spanish skills, complete elective courses in English or Spanish, or both! Students have two options depending on which track they select - including an intensive language course, intensive language and an elective, or two elective courses.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • International Business
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Health Sciences General
  • Marketing
  • Physical Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Sustainability Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.6
Year Founded:
1997
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API / Academic Programs International Scholarships

API is pleased to support students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher Be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university). Show financial need. Letter of recommendation, two essays,

This scholarship is offered to API participants who attend a community or technical college in the U.S., and awards range from $250 to $750 per session.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Letter of recommendation, two essays,

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad. Show financial need. Letter of recommendation Two essays

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
See Gilman deadlines in link below.

Guidelines/Requirements:
See Gilman requirements in link below.

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support students from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student. Letter of recommendation Two essays

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply.

$250- $750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Only for student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Students applying must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a letter of recommendation and two essays.

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America) provide awards that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

$250-$800

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
3.0+ GPA, Letter of recommendation, two essays,

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