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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UNCW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Program Type: Exchange, Study Abroad
Provider: Direct Partner Field of Study: Art, Biology, Communication Studies, Environmental Science, Health Science, History, Management, Marketing, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.5 High Impact Experiences: Study plus Internship
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Advisor: Luis Santiago
Program Description:
Program Description | Eligibility | Academic Details | Housing
Program Dates | Financial Details | More Information

Program Description


The University
Veritas offers a wide range of study abroad programs on their 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. 

The Surrounding Area
It is considered the happiest country in Latin America according to the World Happiness Report (2016). It is a safe country for locals and tourists. Jungles and virgin beaches, indescribable landscapes and more than a hundred active and inactive volcanoes. It is considered by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage of Humanity and is the country with the greatest biodiversity in the world. Its inhabitants are very gentle and cheerful.

Costa Rica's official currency is the Colón. Due to its location, Costa Rica does not have the four defined seasons, but two. These are marked by rainfall and not by hours of sunlight. The inhabitants are Costa Rican; however, it is more common to refer to themselves as ticos. A very popular expression among the Ticos is "Pura Vida" It is used daily to greet, to emphasize that they are good, to refer to the quality of someone as a good person and even to say goodbye.

Student Life
VERITAS has a great cultural integration program that hosts events and activities for national and international students. The Cultural Integration Office plans different ways for students to get to know locals and the different hues of our culture.

Some activities are:

  • Soccer championships
  • Talent shows
  • Student talks 
  • Multicultural festival
  • Health fair
  • Tours around the city


  • Degree-seeking student
  • At least sophomore standing at time of participation
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.50+ GPA at time of application
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation

Academic Details

Students accepted into the UNCW education abroad program with Veritas will receive credit toward their degree requirement for most majors. Areas of study available include Arts & Humanities, Biology & Environmental Science, Business & Economics, Communications, Marketing & Technology, History, Politics & International Relations, Sustainable Studies, Theological Studies and Wellness & Psychology.

Additionally, we offer Spanish Learning courses, levels basic-intermediate-advanced, Specialty Spanish for specific professions and Spanish Taught Electives. Continue your studies while enjoying Costa Rica!

For more information visit:
Course Catalogue


Living with a host family is the easiest way for students to experience Costa Rican culture and practice their Spanish. The homestays tend to be one of the main highlights of studying abroad at Veritas. Students will have a private room, and will be provided breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Laundry service is provided once a week. All families live within walking distance (less than 1.5 kilometers) from campus.

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Program Dates

Academic Year Dates
Late-August to -Late April

Fall Semester Dates
Late-August to Mid-December

Spring Semester Dates
Early-January to Late-April

Financial Details

Program Cost
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad: 

  • Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
  • Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad. 

With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding. 

UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at international/abroad/aid.html.

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