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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Break
  • Restrictions: PBA applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Workship Credit Eligible: Yes
Chapel Credit Eligible: No Sending Department: Center for Experiential Learning
When: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Break Minimum GPA: 2.5
Number of Credits: 12-18 Program Advisor: CEL advisor
Shots Recommended: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies, Routine Vaccines (see note), Typhoid, Yellow Fever Projected Cost: PBA Tuition + Airfare
Housing Options: Homestay Visa Required: Yes
Types of Service: Orphan Ministry, Relationship Building, Social Ministry
Program Description:

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Veritas Christian Study Abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose Costa Rica
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!

Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language Requirement: NONE. Programs are open to all language levels. Language of instruction is Spanish and English.

Program Highlights
- Courses in English and with locals
- Excursions included
- Housing with homestay family including meals
- Mission work
- No minimum Student Status required. 

Costa Rica housing

All Veritas participants will live in homestays with Costa Rican families, or "ticos" as they are affectionally known. Students will be provided with two meals per day, breakfast and dinner, (except on Veritas excursion days) and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program. This is included in the Veritas program cost.

Homestays provide a wonderful opportunity to learn the language and the culture while you are studying abroad. You will build lasting relationships with your host family and return home filled with fond memories of your time abroad!


missions costa rica
San Jose Ministry*

While abroad, students will be partnered with a Mission Mentor who will help them get involved with ministry opportunities and connect them with a local church and the Christian community in San Jose. Students will meet regularly with their Mission Mentor for prayer, reflection, and spiritual accountability; the spiritual support and opportunities will make their time abroad transformational!

In Costa Rica students serve with our Mission Mentor, Carolina, with “Face of Justice” ministry which serves to defend shelter, empower and love survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and work through prevention and restoration. We also partner with "Hogar Fe Viva", which is an orphanage where students get to play games and share the Gospel with children. 

The International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum will enhance and help students internalize their experience, and provides a great opportunity to reinforce cross-cultural missions, and earn college credit. The course formalizes the student's 7-10 hours of ministry including: reflection activities, journal entries, and cultural research. 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/14/2018 09/21/2018 01/07/2019 05/30/2019