COSTA RICA SERVICE-LEARNING SUMMER ▶
ICDS SPANISH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SUMMER PROGRAM ▶
ICDS HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA ▶
ICDS DEVELOPMENT STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICA ▶
ICDS SPANISH AND HEALTH IN LATIN AMERICA SUMMER ▶
UNIVERSIDAD VERITAS INTENSIVE LANGUAGE ▶
UNIVERSIDAD VERITAS ART AND DESIGN PROGRAM ▶
UNIVERSIDAD VERITAS LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ▶
UNIVERSIDAD VERITAS LANGUAGE AND CULTURE ▶
UNIVERSIDAD VERITAS INTENSIVE LANGUAGE SUMMER ▶
Study Abroad in San José
API offers three options to study abroad in San José.
Students choosing to study at the International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) complete their coursework in both English and Spanish with other American study abroad students on the campus of the Universidad Latina, Costa Rica’s largest private university. The campus is located northeast of downtown in an area of San José known as Lourdes de Montes de Oca. With its modern facilities, advanced equipment, and experienced and efficient staff, the Universidad Latina provides the perfect learning environment for the ICDS programs. Students have full access to all facilities at the Universidad Latina, including libraries, bookstores, coffee shops and a food court. Intimate class sizes provide students with ample opportunities to participate and explore areas of particular interest to them, and students who desire greater interaction with local students can seek friends from among the general Universidad Latina student population.
Founded in 1991, Universidad Veritas is a private university that prides itself on the development of non-linear critical thought and creativity. The university’s mission statement emphasizes the student’s active participation in the learning process; every student is expected to play the role of protagonist in their own academic development. Approximately 1,700 students attend the university in any given semester. Operating programs for international students since 1993, the Universidad Veritas offers an incredible amount of academic options. Students may select Spanish language courses from the beginning to advanced levels, complete a multitude of elective coursework in Spanish or English, or enroll in art, design and architecture courses with local Costa Rican students. Students also have full access to university amenities, including extracurricular activities such as dance classes, conversation partners, volunteer work and cooking lessons.
Students choosing to participate in the API service-learning program in San José will divide their time between volunteering at local projects and completing online coursework. Transcripts for the service-learning course are issued by U.S.-accredited Siena College.
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.
Why San José?
- The Capital city of Costa Rica
- Temperate climate
- Great museums
- Fantastic waterfalls nearby
- Close proximity to beaches and mountains