Veritas Christian Study Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

Veritas Christian Study Abroad & Missions: San Jose, Costa Rica


  • Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies - Semester

  • Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies – Summer

  • Spanish Language & Latin American Culture - Summer

  • Spanish Language – Intensive Month

"I am so glad that I chose the ISA Veritas Christianity program. I learned so much not just about myself and the culture, but also about my relationship with the Lord and how I can use what I learned here back in the US."

Brea Robinson, Western Carolina University Fall 2015


San José, or Chepe, as the locals affectionately call it, is the political, economic, and cultural hub of Costa Rica. The city is set in the lush Central Valley of the Costa Rican highlands and is where the majority of Costa Ricans work, live, and study. Students attending college in San José, Costa Rica will be able to experience a Latin American metropolis while also having the rest of Costa Rica's pristine natural wonders at their fingertips.

Downtown San José features a pedestrian-friendly walkway where students enjoy strolling, stopping at a café and sipping on a coffee, and shopping at the Mercado Central. From museums to theaters to events, the city is filled with cultural offerings.Veritas Christian Study Abroad is excited to partner with local churches and missionaries to see this nation and our students grow closer to Jesus!


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There are Semester, Summer and Langauge Intensive Month programs available in San José, Costa Rica.  Students who choose to do multiple programs will receive a discount. 


Minimum GPA: 2.5

Language Requirement:

NONE. Programs are open to all language levels. Language of instruction is Spanish and English.

Program Highlights

Academic Overview

Semester Programs (Spring, Fall & Academic Year)

Students are required to maintain full-time student status during their programs, including:

  • One Veritas course: Global Missions Perspectives (optional and only offered when min. enrollment of 6 student on-site met)
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum optional
  • Other courses at Universidad Veritas to maintain full-time student status

Summer Programs

Students will enroll in the following:

  • One-Two courses at Universidad Veritas, required
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum optional

Language Level Placement

All students will take placement exams once accepted into the program previous to departure to determine language proficiency level. Exam results may determine eligibility for course enrollment. Students who arrive having completed the following number of semesters/quarters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent, typically place into the corresponding language level:

Semesters Quarters Language Level
0-1 0-2 Beginning
2-3 3-5 Intermediate
4-5 6-8 Advanced
6+ 9+ Superior


Academic Credits

Credits earned may vary according to the policies of the student's home institution. For visa regulations, and according to Veritas Christian Study Abroad policy, students must maintain full-time enrollment status for the duration of the program as determined by their home institution. 



Students may be required to obtain a student visa and should inquire with the corresponding consulate.