- Classes taught in English and Spanish
- Volunteer and internship opportunities
- International excursion
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
API students receive a transcript from the Universidad Veritas upon completion of their program.
- @api Online System
- Orientation Materials and Resources
- Access to International Phone Plans
- API Alumni Network
- Social Networking
- Airport Reception
- API Centers, Resident Directors
- On-Site Orientation
- Housing (including meals and laundry)
- Language & Culture Tools
- Medical & Life Insurance
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Re-Entry Materials & Support
- Post-Program Evaluation
- Alumni Network & Global Leadership Academy
Hannah Stack is the San José Program Program Coordinator and will work with you through your departure to Costa Rica.
Francy Orozco is the San José Resident Director, and will work with you during your stay in Costa Rica.