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Costa Rica Experience STUDY



Earn credits through deep experiences, here in Costa Rica, your new Natural Campus.



Universidad VERITAS founded in 1991, is a private Art, Design and Architecture University in San Jose Costa Rica. There is an 1700 student population enrolled in seven different Schools: Architecture, Advertising Design, Digital Animation, Film & Television, Interior Design, Product Design and Photography. VERITAS has many international academic agreements with universities and educational agencies and hosts over 500 foreign students per year. Universidad VERITAS has offered a variety of possibilities for Study Abroad students since 1993.


Intensive Spanish and so much more!! Our Intensive Spanish and Latin American Culture Program offers different levels of intensive (4 weeks/80 hours) courses in Spanish grammar, conversation and composition (applied linguistics) courses. The use of authentic and practical contexts facilitates the acquisition of vocabulary and grammatical structures. Students are coached in the analysis of linguistic and extra-linguistic elements during the reading and writing practices.

Our evaluation system in all Spanish courses integrates convergent (grammatical structures) and divergent (global use of language) techniques in our test procedures. All levels evaluate oral, listening, reading and writing assignments. There is a maximum of 10 students in each language acquisition course. Students who wish to take other courses in Culture, International Business, Intercultural Communication, Environmental Sciences and Photography but don’t have an advanced level of Spanish can enroll in courses taught in English. Advanced Spanish students can enroll directly with Costa Rican students in the school of Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Digital Animation, Film, Cinema and T.V., and Photography. There are also several of the International Programs Center electives which are taught in Spanish for advanced students. Faculty Our faculty members are well-qualified professors within the course subject they teach. All of them hold a Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

ACCREDITATIONS Universidad VERITAS is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education of Costa Rica, code No 060-94-CONESUP as a degree granting university. Architecture and Advertising Design and Interior Design are also accredited by SINAES accreditation. VERITAS also an active member and part of the Board of Directors for the College Consortium for International Studies, Washington, D.C.; NAFSA and the European League of Institutes of Art.

Universidad VERITAS will issue an academic transcript or participation certificate. Transcripts can have either American system credits or ECTS conversion. CO U R S E A N D P R O G R A M STRUCTURES OFFERED

Course registration is done as fo l lo w s

Academic intensive 4 weeks Spanish Grammar modules. 12 week elective courses in Humanities, Communication, Literature, Philosophy, International Business and Environmental Sciences (obligatory field trips in environmental science courses). Enrollment directly with Costa Rican students (15 week photography, art, design

1. Send application form at least a month prior to program starting date. 2. Veritas will assign a login and password for you to take the online placement test. 3. Once you arrive in CR you will take an oral exam. 4. Pre-enrollment form for electives should be sent at least two weeks prior to program starting date. 5. Placement exams will determine


Oral placement exam oral Guides and rules to homestay program Do’s and Don’ts in San José Explanation of elective course schedule Safety issues Culture shock, fear and expectations session

and architecture courses). Special group lessons. One-on one lesson. Business Spanish 4 week course / Cultural Heritage Intensive 4 week course. Special Syllabus Spanish modules for academic purposes. Short term special interest programs (1 to 15 days) (Ecology, Geology, Gender Studies, Sociology, Archeology and other). Volunteer Program. If you are in the regular Art, Design and Architecture Quarter terms please write the CPI office.




the level you may enroll in. Level is assessed based on production proficiency and not on prior credits taken.



E x tracurricu l ar activities


Free tropical dance lessons. Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball Team games (co-ed). Conversation Partner program with Costa Rican Students. Typical Costa Rican food cooking lessons (month or trimester fee). Museum, Artisans Market and other visits. Free Self defense and martial arts classes twice a week. Christian Youth group. Volunteer work with underprivileged children in the afternoons. Day and Weekend trips to beaches, mountains and volcanoes (not included in tuition fees). Scuba Diving certification and Scuba diving trips

TUITION AND FEES The students will be billed for the following costs: Tuition: √ Room: √ Board: √ Other: Books and materials: √ Registration fee: √ Any extra excursion on weekends: √ Tuition and fees are due within 2 days after student’s arrival. There are no refunds once the course has begun. You may pay with credit card. No personal or traveler checks are accepted.

Course D escriptions

(4 Weeks Modules)

SPN 101 – Básico 1 (80 hours)

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Students will develop basic linguistic skills necessary in order to communicate in common situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given on understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives. SPN 102 – Básico 2 (80 hours)

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already

have a command of elementary grammatical tenses. Students will advance on their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students will expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past. SPN 201 – Intermedio 1

(80 hours) Pre-requisite: SPN 102

Students in this course should have a good communicative command of usual everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s skills emphasizing on oral and written presentations and more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.




SPN 202 – Intermedio 2 (80 hours) Pre-requisite: SPN 201

SPN 301 – Avanzado 1

This course emphasizes the discourse enrichment on contexts related to description and simple narrations. The contents include vocabulary building and detailed work with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students will also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rican.

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinion and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.


SPN 210 – Español Conversacional Intermedio (80 hours) Pre-requisite SPN 202


This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communicative skills and pronunciation. The emphasis is set on situational every day conversation and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm base in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression towards free conversation.

(80 hours)

SPN 302 – Avanzado 2 (80 hours)

This course is for students who want to polish their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students will practice narrative constructions, reactions on non expected contexts, how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects about myths, relieves and other cultural issues in Latin America. SPN 310 – Español Conversacional Avanzado (80 hours)

This course is based on acquiring the skill of self correction. Students will acquire higher levels of diction and fluency through the exposure to oral contexts, idiomatic language and the varieties of Spanish spoken in different Spanish-speaking nations. This course develops skills in reading, discussion, analysis, self correction and research. Emphasis is given to pragmatic production and

students must be prepared to spend a minimum of 2 extra hours per day for assignments.

contents are complemented with a couple of field visits to some of Costa Rica’s developing businesses.

SPN 330 - Español para Hispanohablantes

SPN 320 – Herencia Cultural en Latinoamérica (80 hours) Pre requisite SPN 301

PRE-requisite Heritage speaker with advanced level of communication This course is for heritage speakers who need to acquire proficiency in the use of complex grammatical structures. Emphasis will be given to listening, writing and reading skills. SPN 340 - Técnicas de Expresión Oral (80 hours) PRE-requisite SPN 301 This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students will work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts. SPN 304 – Español para Negocios (80 hours) Pre requisite SPN 301 This course is for students with an advanced level of Spanish who wish to learn general information about the development and processes of some of Costa Rica’s main entrepreneurial settings. By the end of the course students will have a general knowledge of business vocabulary and usual business practices in Costa Rica. The course

This course introduces relevant topics and issues in the development of Latin America’s cultural heritage. Students will develop an understanding of intellectual, artistic, social and historical perspectives in Latin America with emphasis on Costa Rica. SPN 410 – Redacción Avanzada (80 hours)

This course is for high advanced level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course studies complex and difficult syntax topics. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure. Spanish for Health Professionals SPN 141 Basic Spanish for Health Professionals (80 hours)

This course was designed for the purpose of giving health personnel, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing


(80 hours)


simulated Spanish speaking patients. During the four weeks of the course the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level with simulated Spanish speaking patients. SPN 241 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals (80 hours)


This course was designed for health personnel that have taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of medical related Spanish vocabulary and structures and to increase the competency of communications in specifically simulated situations with Spanish speaking patients. Pre-req two semesters minimum of College Spanish


SPN 341 Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals (80 hours)

This course is designed for health personnel that have an advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic competency in order to interact with their Spanish speaking patients and their families. Pre-req four semesters minimum of College Spanish ELECTIVES COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH (12 Week semesters and july 5 week session)

Universidad Veritas reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient enrolment (less than 4 students).

ENV 3044: Tropical Ecology 4 credits (60 hrs)

Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how this interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on site examples of some of the issues learned through class work and readings. All field trips are mandatory. ENV 3120: Land Vertebrates Of Costa Rica 4 credits (60 hrs)

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain insight about various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa

ENV 3190: Tropical Marine Biology 4 credits (60 hours)

The course studies the balance between ecosystems and human’ stress and demands on the constant changing Marine environment. All field trips are mandatory. Certified Divers may pay a $100 fee in order to complete 2 immersions in each field trip (4 immersions total). ENV 4040: Environmental Awareness And Sustainable Development 4 credits (60 hours)

An introduction to the actual world problems in natural resources management and conservation, and its effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries. Current issues that condition the possibility for development such as poverty, global warming, deforestation and potable water will be analyzed.


An introduction to the study of major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society. Students will examine Ecosystems, population patterns and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship and economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in eco-tourism.

Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna and is a world-renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation. Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.


ENV 3005: Environmental Impact and Social Development 4 credits (60 hrs)



ARCH 3112: History of Latin American Architecture and Art

ART 2100 Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice

3 credits (48 hours)

3 credits (48 hours)

A chronological overview of main invents and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America analyzing the artistic manifestations.

This is course is designed for the beginner to help the student find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation.

ARCH 3200: Tropical Architecture and Design 4 credits (60 hours)

The objective is to learn about climatic design in the tropics and develop the skills to analyze a particular geographical situation. Students will become familiarized with restricted resource usage; the knowledge of land and climate and the rural tradition where domestic construction is passed on from one generation to another.

Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in artwork. With willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should

understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture. ART 1301 Basic Principles of Drawing 3 credits (48 hours)

This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model and landscapes. CTV-3400 Documentary Production Process The class will focus on the logistical and creative responsibilities of producing a short documentary. Students will work closely with each other, assuming the roles of producers, writers, directors and editors in the process of development and execution of documentaries. Students will learn the primary elements to creating a short documentary and exploit the cultural and environmental elements that filming locations can offer. The final project involves working collaboratively on producing an engaging documentary that may not exceed 6 minutes screen time.

CTV-3400 Audiovisual Industry In Latin America 4 credits (60 contact hours)

This course studies the development of the audiovisual industry in Latin America. It analyzes where Latin America stands today in the global audiovisual industry and the political, social and economic forces that shaped it. Students will participate in field trips to visit local production office and will view relevant films and television programs that illustrate the crafting of images and audio to local audiences.


4 credits (60 contact hours)



DNCE 2500: Introduction To Latin American Tropical Dance

HUM 3513- Arts and Humanities: Costa Rica Colloquium

3 credits (48 hours)

3 credits (48 hours)

An introduction to technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical Dance. History, anthropology, folklore and songs are part of this experiential course.

A general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, examined through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary view focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, polity, natural resources and culture. Emphases will be placed upon different topics during the course, according to students’ backgrounds and expectations.

HUM 3500- Latin American Art 3 credits (48 hours)

A survey of Latin American visual arts covering twenty centuries of aesthetic and cultural production: Pre-Columbian, Conquest, Colonial, Baroque, Independence, Modern and Contemporary. We will examine the ways sculpture, painting, and architecture has functioned across a broad spectrum of art history, region, and culture in what are now the Latin American countries.

ETH-3100 Selected Topics in AfroCaribbean Studies 3 credits (48 hrs) (Can also count for ETHN 3100 Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies)

This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem

concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America. Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica. PHIL 3100 Comparative Classical Philosophy

PHOT- 2130 Cultural Photography 3 credits (48 hours)

Practical exercises and field trips students will apply the theoretical information provided in lectures to consciously explore Costa Rican culture. The focus of the projects is the creation of photographic images in black and white. PHOT- 2600 Digital Photography

3 credits (48 hours)

3 credits (48 hours)

An overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, Concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

The course offers a general knowledge in the reaches and the stages of digital photography. Through practice exercises aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images.

4 credits (60 hours)

A general knowledge in the reaches and the stages of digital photography. By applying these principles in photographing wildlife, students will develop skills to create clearer images on a given subject. Students will undertake the task of observing and photographing flora and fauna in its natural environment. The course also studies how to manipulate and arrange images digitally in order to create an effective visual presentation


PHOT- 2100 Ecological Photography


COMM 3200: Intercultural Communication 3 credits (48 hours)



This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context. Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.


ECON 3403- Introduction to International Economics in Latin America 3 credits (48 hours)

Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations. Pre- Requisite ECON 1000, or ECON 2010 and 2020. GEB 3350- Introduction to International Business 3 credits (48 hours)

An overview of cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today. The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco sur, the EC

and other common market areas and agreements. GEB 3500- Ecotourism: the Costa Rica Case 4 credits (60 hours)

It will offer the chance to analyze this dynamic process from different socio-economic perspectives. It will discuss the economic importance of ecotourism for the Costa Rican national economy, the stimulation of grassroots, community ecotourism projects, and the role of ecotourism in securing environmental protection. The advances and limitations of ecotourism will be explored. MGMT 3021- Logistics Management 3 credits (48 hrs)

An overview of logistics management areas within the domestic and international contexts. Examines logistics objectives such as warehousing, inventory control, transportation, import-export logistics, etc. Emphasis is given on the importance of legal aspects in certain logistics areas. MGMT 3030- Creative Leadership Skills 3 credits (48 hrs)

Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence. These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

HHD-1020 Introduction to Physical Therapy

HIS-3293 Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine 4 credits (60 hours)

Costa Rica´s health care system is unique due to the fact that it´s socialized and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economical situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems, but also it is weak points. A third objective, of fundamental importance in order to understand this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

This course will introduce basic concepts of human anatomy, an overview of the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and an introduction to the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course will consist of lectures about the theoretical concepts, and also laboratory practice, which will allow the student a hands-on experience of the different techniques given during the lectures. At the end of the course the student will have general knowledge on various areas of expertise, and on techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises, among others.


4 credits (60 hours)




HIS 2302 Contemporary Latinamerican History

POL 2500 Human Rights in Latin America

3 credits (48 hours)

3 credits (48 hours)

This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labour rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

HIS 3290 Costa Rican Economic Development 3 credits (48 hours)

POL 3100 Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy 3 credits (48 hours)

This course introduces the outstanding socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development path of Costa Rica.

The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

This course examines the historical and actual events related to international terrorism. The focus is to understand the background of global, regional and local conflicts between various groups and governments. Various topics will be closely followed, like Jihadism, Al Qaeda in 2008 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The objective of the course is to promote the interaction of ideas and arguments based on a balanced analysis of the themes. Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, documentary movies, socio-dramas and debating actual topics. POL 3450 International Relations in Latin America 3 credits (48 hrs)

The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free

POL 3560 International Politics in the Middle East – 3 credit (48 hours)

This course examines the historical and actual events in The Middle East. The focus is to understand the background of conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon and The Palestinian Territories. The aftermath of the Middle East Peace conference of December 2007 will be closely followed. The objective of the course is to promote the interaction of ideas and arguments based on a balanced analysis of the themes. Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, documentary movies, socio-dramas and debating actual topics. POL 3740 Economic Integration in Latin America


3 credits (48 hours)

trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

3 credits (48 hrs)

This course will analyze the beginning of the International Relations in Latin America and the most important historical facts that marked the politics in the region in the current era. The focus of this course is on the historic background of the region before independence and post independence that helped to consolidate the American hegemony and the insertion of foreign investment, the North American imperialism and the LatinAmerican resistance.


POL 3400 World Politics and Terrorism



SPN 3020- Lecturas Selectas de la Literatura Latinoamericana 3 credits (48 hours)

Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en la literatura Latinoamericana.



SPN 3050 Fonética y Fonología


3 credits (48 hours)

En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación. SPN 3070 Introducción a la Traducción 3 credits (48 hours)

Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español. Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor. SPN 3520 Dialectología Latinoamericana 3 credits (48 hours)

Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos

sociales de habla. El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales. Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español. SPN 3560- Topicos Selectos en Literatura Comparada 3 credits (48 hours)

El curso plantea los fundamentos de poesía, narrativa (cuento corto y noveleta) y drama, que servirá como marco teórico de discusión de textos representativos de esos mismos géneros. Los textos han sido seleccionados con base en sus recursos para establecer comparaciones, y en el grado de interés que pueden despertar no sólo a estudiantes de literatura, sino a estudiantes de español como lengua extranjera. SPN 4110- Escritoras Contemporaneas Costarricenses 3 credits (48 hours)

El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.

Estudio de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en la literatura española. SPN 4390 El Cine y la Literatura Latinoamericana 3 credits (48 hours)

Estudio de la producción cinematográfica en relación con la literatura en Latino América.


3 credits (48 hours)


SPN 4330- Topicos Selectos en la Literatura Española




Electives afternoon

Sample Study Abroad Schedule Structure (Course starting dates) Spanish modules a.m.

Mar. 03rd 2008

Intensive Spanish module

Feb. 04th 200 8

Intensive Spanish module

Afternoon Elective (2 hours /twice per week)

200 8 Intensive Spanish module

Jan 07th

(Holy Week break March 13th-23rd)

TERM 1 2008 13 week semester Jan 07th –April4th


Intensive Spanish module

May. 05th 200 8 Intensive Spanish module

Jun. 02nd 2008

Afternoon Elective (2 hours /twice per week)

Intensive Spanish module

April 07th 200 8

TERM II 2008 12 week semester April 07th –June27th

Intensive Spanish module

Aug. 08 th 2008

Intensive Afternoon Elective (2 hours / four days a week)

Intensive Spanish module

Jul. 07th 2008

Intensive language and elective summer session 5 weeks

No electives during September

Intensive Spanish module

Sept. 01st 2008

Intensive Spanish module

Oct. 27 2008

Intensive Spanish module

Nov. 24th 200 8

Afternoon Elective (2 hours /twice per week)

Intensive Spanish module

Sept. 29 2008

TERM III 2008 12 week semester Sept 29 th –Dec. 19th



Courses in the morning and afternoon

SAMPLE Regular Film, Photography and Design SCHEDULE STRUCTURE


Consult individual department Schedules: Architecture Digital animation Film & T.V. Advertising Design Interior Design Product Design Photography

I CUATRIMESTRE 2008 15 week semester January 14th –April 25th



Consult individual department Schedules: Architecture Digital animation Film & T.V. Advertising Design Interior Design Product Design Photography

II CUATRIMESTRE 2008 15 week semester May 12th –August 22nd WEEK TRANSITION and enrollment


WEEK TRANSITION And enrollment

Consult individual department Schedules: Architecture Digital animation Film & T.V. Advertising Design Interior Design Product Design Photography

III CUATRIMESTRE 2008 15 week semester Sept. 8th December 12th

These are customized programs designed for student’s groups interested in a short term course (2-6 weeks) focused on a specific subject. Some courses are: Introduction to Ecology Resource Management in Costa Rica (4.5 weeks) Introduction to Costa Rica Culture and Economy (4.5 weeks) Marine Biology and Sustainable projects in Costa Rica (4.5 weeks) Earth Sciences, Archeology and Culture in Costa Rica (4.5 weeks) Gender Studies (4.5 weeks) Costa Rican Health Care System (4.5 weeks)




The volunteer program is coordinated with the National park or reserve system. The program includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at the reserve, transportation to the National Park. Very basic accommodations with park rangers during the volunteer program. Student who will only be attending the volunteer pro- gram will be lodged at a bed and breakfast on the day of arrival and on the day of departure FA M I L I E S A PA R T M E N T S AND RESIDENCES Homestay: Costa Rican Family Housing for our programs always includes your own room. We prefer

no to “double bunk” our students. You will know where and with whom you are living two weeks prior to your programs start date as long as we have your email to send the information to you. If you are living with a family, don’t expect to use their telephone. Phone cards can be purchased easily giving you access from most any public phone. Bring along small extras like alarm clock, and hangers. Almost 95% of our families are within walking distance. Family provides two meals, and lunch can be taken at University’s cafeteria for $3.00 or nearby restaurants. If a student arrives over two days earlier from orientation date or departs over two days later from finishing date she/he must cancel $20 per day. The following are provided within the homestay program Sheets √ Towels √ Pillow √ Blankets √ Cooking facilities √ Breakfast √ Laundry once a week √ Dinner √ Pots / and pans S tudents are charged for Telephone use $ (students can purchase an international calling card at VERITAS) Students may only receive calls. Local calls are also limited. Students should plan to bring an international calling card and purchase a local telephone card upon arrival.

There are a few furnished apartments or rooms in Student Residences available. Apartments are set with basic needs such as oven, pots, pans and linens. The apartments do not always have private telephone lines. The Lenitas Student Residence rooms have T.V., private restroom and a common area with internet, microwave and coffee machine. Universidad VERITAS doesn’t own any of these apartments so we can’t guarantee placement or availability, students must pay directly to the landlord in Costa Rica. If you would like to stay in an apartment we suggest you book 3 to 4 days in a bed & breakfast or youth hostel so you can come and look at available apartment and choose the one that suits your needs and budget. Some apartment landlords might require a deposit in order to be precautious against damages. OT H E R G E N E R A L I N F O R M AT I O N What to wear Wearing light cotton comfortable clothing is best with a light jacket or sweater during the rainy season. Bring good walking shoes, hat and sunscreen. Bring dressier clothes for nice restaurants and clubs. A pp l iances Electric power in Costa Rica is supplied at US – standard 110 volts, 60 cycles. Plugs and sockets are generally twopronged, non-polar, like the old pre1970’s US plugs and sockets. Bring

adapters for your appliances with two-pronged polar or three-pronged plugs. Communications There are public phones available most everywhere in Costa Rica. They can be used to make calls anywhere in the world. These telephones function with by using a public telephone ICE cards. Buy them in 500, 1000, 5000 colones denominations at many outlets – Universidad VERITAS book store, mini-markets, pharmacies, and liquor stores – that display the blue and yellow ICETEL sign. Costa Rican phones operate similarly to those in the US. In all Costa Rica, the area code (lada) is 506 and a number is usually written like this: 283-4747. If you want to dial this number from the US, first dial “011” + the area code “506” and then the number. To call the United States from Costa Rica, dial 001 plus the area code and local number. It is best to bring a US calling card that has a local Costa Rican access number. You can call collect by dialing 116 for the local English speaking international operator, but it is EXPENSIVE! C a l l ing Costa R ica 011 – International code 506 – Costa Rica country code P osta l S ervice For regular mail you may use the local P.O.BOX. Universidad VERITAS, Apdo 1380-1000, San Jose - Costa Rica. Costa Rican correos (post offices) operate similarly, although


A partments and R esidences


more slowly and less securely, than their counterparts around the world. Ordinary Costa Rican mail is incredibly slow and unreliable. If your mail to Costa Rica must be secure, ask for our Universidad Veritas Miami P.O. Box and courier provider (this service does have a charge). Packages and Courier


(This service requires payment of the courier service administrative fee) Universidad VERITAS Atte: Alejandra Barahona y/o (your name) #SJO-12343_7979 NW 21st. Doral, FL. 33122 Letters, flat material Universidad VERITAS Atte: Alejandra Barahona y/o (your name) #SJO-12343_P.O.Box 025331 Miami FL. 33102-5331 Internet


Wireless Internet is available at almost all areas of campus and there are also several computer areas for checking emails. M oney There is an ATM machine on campus and two other close by to campus. Using your ATM card will generally give you the average exchange rate available! Make sure to retrieve your bank card immediately after the transaction – some ATM’s have been known to eat your bank card 15 seconds after the transaction! It is also good to have some traveler checks (a brand such as Master Card, American Express or Visa) on reserve

even though you plan to use your ATM card. Student projects Gallery exhibitions at VERITAS 3 main museums Down Town San José Live music pubs and bars 10 minutes away by taxi from the university National Theater for classical music concerts, ballet and other shows Student Travel and Tourism Tico Viajero agency within the University to handle reservations, special tours and field trips. A irport and G round T ransportation Airport Transportation can be provided from the airport to your housing. Ground transportation on all study based field trips is provided. Return transportation to the airport at the end of the program can also be contracted thru the student’s affairs office. If you reserved the airport pickup service, the university will meet you at the airport, based on the information sent by your agent or yourself. The center does not accept responsability if the information is incorrect, or if there has been a chan of flights or dates without comunication. If you have your own transportation these is the direction to Universidad VERITAS from airport: Take “Auto Pista General Cañas” to San

Jose, tale 2nd Avenue all across San Jose into Los Yoses turn right on KFC San Pedro, straight for 3 long blocks and turn left another block.

Visa U.S.A. and European Union Citizens: When you pass through immigration in Costa Rica an officer will stamp your passport and this constitutes an automatic 90 day tourist visa. If you are staying for over 100 days you might have to pay a $27 exit visa charge in addition to your regular $27 airport taxes. Citizens from other countries should contact the closest consulate or embassy. For information visit: http://www.rree. Immunizations For medical and vaccination information recommended by the U.S. Government visit:


Alejandra Barahona Programs Director Tel: (506) 2283.47.47 ext. 132 E-mail: Esteban Adams Director’s Assistant Tel: (506) 2283.47.47 ext. 284 E-mail: Luis Gonzalez Student Affairs and logistics coordinator Tel: (506) 2283.47.47 ext. 201 Office Telephone: (506) 2283-4747 Fax Number: (506) 2253-5355 E-Mail: Web Site:


Insurance You should have international traveller insurance. You may use coverage you already have but make sure it covers you internationally. Be prepared to pay for any doctor visit or emergency with a credit card and keep invoices since most insurance companies will work through a reimbursement system.




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