Costa Rica (UV)

Semester in Costa Rica Program

Program Overview
Universidad VERITAS founded in 1991, is a private Art, Design and Architecture University in San José Costa Rica. There is an 1800 student population enrolled in seven different schools: Architecture, Advertising Design, Digital Animation, Film & Television, Interior Space Design, Product Design and Photography.

VERITAS has many international academic agreements with universities and educational agencies hosting over 500 foreign students per year.  

The University VERITAS Center for International Programs has been in charge of developing different opportunities in International Education since 1993. VERITAS is a fully accredited university by the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica and has been able to transfer credits to institutions to the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Australia and Japan. Intensive Spanish classes are offered at all levels.

Course Content
A broad variety of courses is offered, for all levels of Spanish proficiency. They include grammar, composition, conversation, current events, Central American literature, phonetics, dialectology, translation, and Spanish for medical professions.  Students with advanced language skills can take courses in Art, Graphic Design, Photography, and Architecture alongside Costa Rican Veritas students.

Additional Learning Opportunities
Additional learning opportunities: Service-learning is available as an option as well as off-campus Bibles Studies and classes in Costa Rican Cooking, Dancing and in 2014, Bible or Religion classes.

The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad; or downloaded here).
• Complete a Universidad Veritas application (to be completed online here). An application fee must accompany your application.

*The UV 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. 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 are housed with Costa Rican host 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.

For more information, contact:
Center for for Study Abroad
Lemmons 9
Phone: 503-554-2150

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