Students will take classes at Veritas University in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, where they will learn Spanish specific to their academic discipline as well as gain practical knowledge of their field in Central America. Students will also participate in direct interaction with the Costa Rican people and excursions to the naturally beautiful and culturally rich areas of Costa Rica.
Known as a natural paradise Costa Rica is home to dramatic landscapes that include rainforest and active volcanoes. Its beauty is preserved intentionally by the Costa Rican government, with 20% of the country made up of forest reserves, home to thousands of bird, plant, and mammal species. Costa Rica also has a consistently pleasant climate with spring-like temperatures year round. The Costa Rican people are known for their relaxed and friendly attitudes.
In Costa Rica, all students will enroll in a 2-4 credit field studies course as well as two courses in their academic discipline.
Students will visit Cartago, the first capital of Costa Rica, Tortuga Island, the Poas Volcano National Park, La Paz Water Falls Gardens, and the Limon Province. There is one weekend where students can travel independetly, but they can recieve help in organizing their own travel.
Students live with Costa Rican host families. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in the daily life of a Costa Rican family. The family provides breakfast, dinner, and laundry service. The homes are within walking distance to the university and close to good public transportation to get around San Jose.
Applicants must have completed one year of college-level Spanish or equivalent. Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.
At the time of application, the applicant must have completed two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and one semester if a transfer or graduate student. Students from other universities may be accepted to the program as a CSU transient student. Must also have no financial holds on their Treasury Services account and have no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct. All applications must be approved by the Program Director and the Education Abroad office.
The program cost is:
Students may use summer financial aid to pay for the program cost. Summer financial aid is made up of financial aid not used from the previous fall and spring terms. Students will need to talk to the All-In-One office in order to access their summer financial aid.
Two international scholarships are available to students on short term programs. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Study Abroad Scholarship and the ODAMA Study Abroad Scholarship (click on the links to go to the eligibility requirements for each scholarship as well as the application form). Deadlines for both are in March. Other scholarships can be researched on here.
Two scholarships are available to students on short term programs. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Education Abroad Scholarship and the ODAMA Education Abroad Scholarship (click on the links to go to the eligibility requirements for each scholarship as well as the application form).
If you are not a United States citizen (even if you are a Permanent Resident), you may need a visa to enter Costa Rica. Go to the Costa Rica Consulate website to find out if you need a short term tourist visa to enter Costa Rica. If you have any questions regarding visas, contact the Education Abroad Office.
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The program application and deposit slip is due no later than February 22, 2013 to confirm your participation. To make the program deposit of $200, take the Deposit Slip and your payment to the Cashier’s Desk in the First Floor of the Main Classroom. You will receive a receipt that you must turn in with your application.
Download the application & the brochure.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
216-523-7170 Rhodes Tower 1614
Manager of Education Abroad
Main Classroom Suite 106