Study Abroad in San Jose - API Spanish Language/Culture Program
Program Details

Highlights

  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • International excursion

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.6 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • No previous knowledge of Spanish is required, but one semester is recommended
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)

Add on a Volunteer Program!

  • API students completing a study abroad program (particularly in Latin America) may be interested in extending their stay on an API volunteer abroad program. Click on the link below for more information on options and pricing.
  • Volunteer Add-On Options

Dates & Fees

FALL QUARTER EARLY START 2017-2018
Sep 2, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017
$10,680
FALL QUARTER 2017-2018
Sep 30, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017
$9,500
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2017-2018
Sep 2, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
$26,980
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Sep 30, 2017 - Jun 30, 2018
$25,780
WINTER QUARTER 2018
Jan 6, 2018 - Apr 7, 2018
$9,480
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
Jan 6, 2018 - May 5, 2018
$10,880
FALL SEMESTER 2018
Sep 1, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018
$10,880
FALL QUARTER 2018
Sep 29, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018
$9,480
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2018-2019
Sep 1, 2018 - Late Jun, 2019
$24,780
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
Sep 29, 2018 - Late Jun, 2019
$21,480

Deadlines

FALL QUARTER EARLY START 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
FALL QUARTER 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2017
WINTER QUARTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2017
SPRING SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Oct 20, 2017
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Nov 15, 2017
FALL SEMESTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
FALL QUARTER 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR EARLY START 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018
ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Jun 10, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Jul 1, 2018

Academic Program

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Quarter: 224-260 hours per semester • 12-17 semester credits

Early Start Quarter: 304-340 hours per semester • 15-22 semester credits

Students who choose to study abroad in San José through API’s Language and Culture Program at the Universidad Veritas will complete a combination of intensive Spanish language courses and elective course offerings in English or Spanish. The number of Spanish language courses desired dictates how many elective courses students complete
each term. Language courses are four weeks long and consist of 80 contact hours in the classroom. Elective courses generally range from 48 to 60 contact hours and most home institutions award between 3 and 4 U.S. semester credits per elective course.

All students will complete a Spanish placement test online prior to their departure to determine their Spanish level.

INTENSIVE LANGUAGE FOCUS

Students wishing to focus on language study can choose to complete as many as three, month-long intensive language courses during the quarter program option or four, month- long intensive language courses during the semester program option. In combination with the intensive language courses, students generally select 1-2 elective courses.

QUARTER OPTIONS

Students selecting a “quarter” program will complete 12 weeks of coursework, selecting a total of four classes in total. Even students from semester schools can select a “quarter” program, as long as they do not need to earn more than 12 credit hours.

SEMESTER OPTIONS

Students selecting a “semester” program will complete 16 weeks of coursework, selecting a total of five classes in total. In the fall semester program, the first month will consist of an intensive language course. During the following three months, fall students will complete elective courses along with additional Spanish language courses if desired.

Spring semester participants will begin their elective courses immediately (in combination with any desired Spanish language courses) and conclude them by the end of March. During the fourth and final month of the program, all students will be required to complete an intensive language course.

ACADEMIC YEAR OPTIONS

Students who select the academic year early-start option complete the equivalent of the fall semester and the winter quarter programs. Students selecting the academic year option complete the equivalent of the fall quarter and winter quarter programs.

All academic year students will have a short break period between the fall and spring sessions of approximately two weeks. Students should plan to return home or travel during that time, as housing is not provided. Upon their return to San José, students will complete an additional three months of courses, until early April.

CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

The Universidad Veritas invites students to consider completing one of eight certificate options. If selected, students will complete select courses in a given area of study. A minimum of four electives in the subject area in question must be completed to earn the certificate. More information is available on the course information section.

The certificate option is best combined with a semester or academic year program.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the Universidad Veritas upon completion of their program.

What’s Included

PRE-DEPARTURE SERVICES
  • Advising
  • @api Online System
  • Orientation Materials and Resources
  • Access to International Phone Plans
  • API Alumni Network
  • Social Networking
  • Scholarships
ON-SITE SERVICES
  • Airport Reception
  • API Centers, Resident Directors
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing (including meals and laundry)
  • Tuition
  • Tutoring
  • Language & Culture Tools
  • Medical & Life Insurance
  • Excursions (overnight, day, international)
  • Social & Cultural Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
  • Volunteer Opportunities
RE-ENTRY SERVICES
  • Re-Entry Materials & Support
  • Post-Program Evaluation
  • Transcript
  • Alumni Network & Global Leadership Academy

Program Coordinator

2014-02-11 at 18-10-46Hannah Stack is the San José Program Program Coordinator and will work with you through your departure to Costa Rica.

Resident Director

Francy Orozco is the San José Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Costa Rica.

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