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Universidad Veritas
San Jose, Costa Rica (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type: SJSU Bilateral Exchange Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Requirement: Spanish - Upper Division (ONLY Required for Courses taught in Spanish)
Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay GPA Requirement: 2.75
Internship Option Available: Yes Eligible Majors & Concentrations: All Majors (some restrictions), Animation Illustration, Architecture, Art, Business, College of Business, College of Humanities and Arts, Communications, Design, Environmental Studies, Health Science, History, Humanities, Management, Marketing, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish
How competitive is admission to this program?: Mildly Competitive
Program Description:
Program Description:
This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Universidad Veritas. The program is open to students studying Advertising, Architecture, Art, Design, Digital Animation, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Film & TV, Health Sciences, Intensive Spanish, International Business, International Marketing Management, Interior Space Design, International Relations, Latin American Culture, Political Science, Photography, Product Design, Social Science, and Spanish language.
  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships
  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture
  • Choose to take courses in Spanish with Locals, or learn Spanish intensively
  • Study for one semester or an academic year
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school

San José, Costa Rica
San José is the capital city of Costa Rica and is also known by native “Ticos” as Chepe. The city has grown exponentially in the past 60 years and is packed with office towers, shopping malls and fast food restaurants. There are also many markets and a lot of nightlife entertainment as well as rougher, more depressed areas that usually compose at least a part of a major world city. More than one-third of all Ticos reside in or near San José, and since Costa Rica is not a large country, access and transportation to the more well-known rural and “ecological” areas that Costa Rica is very easy.
VeritasUniversidad Veritas is a private university that specializes in Art, Design, and Architecture and is located in the Zapote neighborhood of San José. The Center for International Programs works with its partners to create a unique experience for exchange students, offering courses in culture, language, literature, and more, in addition to regular university courses. The campus population is a modest 1,800 students, and 500 international students travel to study here every year. The campus provides advanced technology and facilities to encourage innovation, internationalization, and entrepreneurship amongst its students.
Students must:
  • be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure
  • have completed lower division requirements for your intended field of study
  • have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • If taking courses taught in Spanish, an SJSU student must demonstrate an advanced level of Spanish language skills (upper division standing or Heritage speaker).

Students are permitted to enroll in any classes in which they are academically and linguistically qualified. For students with advanced Spanish language skills, the following academic fields of study are available:
  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Design
  • Digital Animation
  • Economics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film & TV
  • Health Sciences
  • Intensive Spanish
  • Interior Space Design
  • International Business
  • International Marketing Management
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Culture
  • Political Science
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Social Science
  • Spanish Literature*
For more course details, visit the Veritas website.

Those without advanced Spanish skills will be able to take Spanish language classes from the beginner to the intermediate level.  Intensive options are also available.   
Universidad Veritas offers students the option to live with a host family. Living with a host family is the easiest way for students to experience Costa Rican culture and practice their Spanish. Their homestays tend to be one of the main highlights of studying abroad at Veritas. Students will have a private room, and will be provided breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Laundry service is provided once a week. Please Click Here to learn more about homestays.

Universidad Veritas can assist students in finding appropriate off-campus housing if they do not choose to live with a host family, but students must request assistance, and are ultimately responsible for finding, securing, and paying for their accommodations. 
Students who have at least a high intermediate level of Spanish may request an internship. Students must request assistance from Universidad Veritas, which will assist students in finding a local internship. Internships may last for 8, 12, or 16 weeks. For more information Click Here.
Fall semester: September–December
Spring semester: January–April
**These costs are current as of 2015–16. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses do vary between students: those who eat out at restaurants or plan to travel frequently should estimate higher.
  • SJSU Tuition & Fees 3,689.00
  • Round Trip Transportation 900.00
  • Room & Meals 4,000.00
  • Books & Supplies 300.00
  • Insurance 350.00
  • Personal Expenses 2,500.00
  • Total $11,739.00
* Health Insurance:  All outgoing exchange students are required to purchase the SJSU-approved University health insurance plan through Wells Fargo Insurance Services. 
Financial Aid: Students who are participating in certified SJSU study abroad programs can use all of the financial aid including grants, scholarships, and loans (except work study) for which they are normally qualified.  For more information click Here.

Scholarships: Scholarships for study abroad come in many forms: SJSU Study Abroad Scholarships, Program Specific, National and International scholarships. Find links for these scholarships and online scholarship search engines by clicking Here.

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