Costa Rica (Veritas)
Veritas in San José
This program is offered in colloboration with Veritas Christian Study Abroad at the Veritas University in San José, Costa Rica. San José, with a population of approximately 1.5 million people, is the "hub" of Costa Rica in every sense of the word. It is the cultural, economic and social center of the country where one can experience the hustle and bustle of daily life for more than half of Costa Rica's citizens.
Students are required to take a Religion and Culture course and an International Missions/Service-learning practicum taught by local Veritas staff, and a beginning Spanish language course. The remainder of the courses will be taken at Veritas University. For a sample list of courses go to courses. Scroll to the bottom to see a partial list of courses taught in English.
The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad; or downloaded here).
• Veritas Christian Study Abroad application (to be completed online here). An application fee must accompany your application.
* The Veritas Christian Study Abroad application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Study Abroad that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply. There is NO language requirement.
Because students remain enrolled at George Fox University while participating with Veritas, academic credit is awarded by George Fox. Students will typically take 16 credit hours. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.
Students will live in homestays with Costa Rican families.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees (an additional fee is required to attend some programs). Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare is additional.