Pura Vida at Veritas Past Review

By (Biology Education, Truman State University) - abroad from 07/07/2012 to 08/11/2012 with

College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS): San Jose - Universidad Veritas

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying Abroad really makes you appreciate the world but more importantly it makes you appreciate your home.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no issues

* Safety:

San Jose (at least the part Veritas is in) is very safe. Just be careful at night, keep your bag close to your side and walk in groups if you can.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Food can be expensive around campus but it is very good!

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Remember to save money for the exit fee


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Advanced
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Speak with your friends in Spanish. You will have class with English speakers and most of your friends here will be English speaker but discipline yourself to speak in Spanish

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Excursions
  • Host Family
  • Exploring San Josee
* What could be improved?
  • More free time
  • More classes with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't bring travelers checks...no one takes them.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Tropical Ecology

Course Department:
Instructor: Wendy
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Learned a lot. The class was fairly easy. Instructor focused on concepts rather than facts. Two field trips are part of the class. Very interesting but too much down time
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Advanced Spanish 1

Course Department:
Instructor: Ileana
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Very challenging class, lots of work but I learned a ton!
Credit Transfer Issues: