Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica

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The Center for International Programs (CIP) at Veritas offers a wide range of study abroad programs on our tropical campus in Costa Rica. Students can choose from English or Spanish taught courses, full-immersion Study with Locals, Short-Term programs and internships to build an educational experience that fits their needs. Intensive Spanish language courses also begin each month. Discover Latin America from a new perspective, while studying in one of the most colorful countries in the world. Get ready to expand your senses!

At Universidad Veritas, you will enjoy studying on a tropical campus at an extremely affordable cost.  Throughout your time there, you'll be able to enjoy excursion packages including: horseback riding, zip-line trips, and visits to Arsenal Volcano.  Classess are offered in English or Spanish, and Internships are also available in Business, Marketing, Education, Political Science, Health, and Social Work.

  • Undergraduate students only
  • ISU cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • You must have completed 2 full semesters at ISU or other college/universities

Course Options

Please click below to view the courses available at our partner school.

You'll have the option to earn up to 18 credits per semester, and 6 during the summer. Foundational courses are available.

Estimated Costs to ISU Student Account 12 weeks 16 weeks
Tuition (3 intensive Spanish classes, 5 cr. each) $2,550.00 -
Tuition (1 intensive Spanish class & 3 English classes) - $3,235.00
Housing $2,520.00 $3,304.00
Non-refundable Veritas Registration Fee $195.00 $195.00
HTH Insurance $165.60 $220.80
Misc. Fees (airport pickup, materials) $747.00 $747.00
Non-refundable Study Abroad Course Fee $100.00 $100.00
Total Estimated Costs Billed by ISU $6,277.60 $7,801.80
Estimated Independent Costs Paid by ISU Student    
ISIC Card (recommended) $25.00 $25.00
Estimated Airfare $800.00 $800.00
Passport (if student does not have one yet) $135.00 $135.00
On-site Transportation (bus or train passes) $180.00 $200.00
Personal Expenses $1,200.00 $1,200.00
Total Estimated Independent Costs $2,340.00 $2,660.00
Total Estimated Cost of Program $8,617.60 $10,461.80


Homestay with Costa Rican families:

Living with a host family is the easiest way for students to experience Costa Rican culture and practice their Spanish. Our homestays tend to be one of the main highlights of studying abroad at Veritas.

Many of our homestay families have worked with Veritas for several years. New families are personally interviewed and vetted by our staff, including a home visit to ensure that the accommodations meet our standards. We evaluate homestay accommodations based on: distance from the university, general neighborhood environment, overall appearance, cleanliness, size of the home, student accommodations and living space. Most importantly, Veritas considers the family’s motivation for wanting to host study abroad students.

Students will have a private room, and will be provided breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Laundry service is provided once a week. Lunch can be purchased on or near campus during the week for $4-10. All families live within walking distance (less than 1.5 kilometers) from campus. Veritas also provides a shuttle for students with evening classes or extracurricular activities. The safety of our students is priority.

For more information, visit http://cip.veritas.cr/accommodations/


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Embassy Information

U.S. Embassy San José

Calle 98, Via 104
San José, Costa Rica

Telephone: +(506) 2519-2000

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(506) 2220-3127

Costa Rica Quick Facts
Passport Validity:
Must be valid for the duration of your stay. (6 months recommended)

Yellow fever, if arriving from certain countries in South America or Africa

Blank Passport Pages:
1 page
Currency Restrictions (Entry):
$10,000 USD
Tourist Visa Required:
Not required for stays less than 90 days, but return ticket required

Currency Restrictions (Exit):
$10,000 USD