Spend a semester studying in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. You can study either the fall or spring semester at the Veritas University, taking Spanish language courses and courses in English toward your major, minor, elective, or general education requirements.
Students may complete up to three courses of college level Spanish as well as additional electives in various fields during one twelve-week session in Costa Rica. Several of the electives offered are taught in Spanish (for advanced level Spanish speakers), and others are taught in English. Another great advantage of this program is that language courses are four weeks long. Students can complete an intensive Spanish language course in four weeks and then move on to a higher level Spanish class. Students are entitled to enroll in a total of four courses (combination of electives and four-week language courses). All classes are at Veritas University with American and other international students.
Students will study in San José at Veritas University. The Collegium Veritas, created in 1976, was one of the four founding schools of the first private university in Costa Rica. The University is committed to offering the best in academics while also responding to the practical demands of its students and society. 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 at its International Programs Department (DPI). There is an enrollment of approximately 1,500 Costa Rican students and about 150 international students during a given semester. All students enjoy access to the university library, computer labs, and study areas.
Website of Program/University:
- The International Studies Abroad (ISA) Website
- The Veritas University Website
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No previous knowledge of Spanish is required to participate in the program. To be eligible, you must be a Lewis student with at least a 3.0 GPA who has Sophomore, Junior, or first semester Senior standing or will have that standing when you participate.
No previous knowledge of Spanish is required to participate in the program. You are required to take four Veritas University courses during the semester, which will be 12-18 Lewis credits. Depending on your language level and interest, you will take 3-12 credits in the Spanish Language. For the remaining credits, you can choose from a variety of courses offered in either Spanish or English from the university.Required Courses (3-12 credits):
- Spanish Language (Beginning – Advanced)
Elective Courses (3-9 credits):
- Environmental Sciences
- Political Science