Universidad Veritas

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This is a reciprocal exchange relationship between SJSU and Universidad Veritas. The program is open to students for Advertising, Architecture, Art, Design, Digital Animation, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Film & TV, Health Sciences, Intensive Spanish, International Business, International Marketing Management, Interior Space Design, International Relations, Latin American Culture, Political Science, Photography, Product Design, Social Science, and Spanish.

  • Earn SJSU resident credits for all completed courses.
  • Pay your normal SJSU tuition and fees.
  • Use your financial aid and apply for scholarships.
  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture.
  • Study for one semester or an academic year.
  • Gain an advantage when applying for jobs and graduate school.

City Facts

San José, Costa Rica

San José is the capital city of Costa Rica and is also known by native “Ticos” as Chepe. The city has grown exponentially in the past 60 years and is packed with office towers, shopping malls and fast food restaurants. There are also many markets and a lot of nightlife entertainment as well as rougher, more depressed areas that usually compose at least a part of a major world city. More than one-third of all Ticos reside in or near San José, and since Costa Rica is not a large country, access and transportation to the more rural and “ecological” areas that Costa Rica is famous for is very easy.

Campus Facts

Universidad Veritas

Universidad Veritas is a private university that specializes in Art, Design, and Architecture and is located in Costa Rica’s capital city of San José. The Center for International Programs works with its partners to create a unique experience for exchange students, offering courses in culture, language, literature, and more, in addition to regular university courses. The campus population is a modest 1,800 students, and 500 international students travel to study here every year. The campus provides advanced technology and facilities to encourage innovation, internationalization, and entrepreneurship amongst its students.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • be enrolled as an SJSU student for one semester prior to departure, or be a California community college student eligible to enter SJSU by the semester of departure,
  • have completed lower division requirements for your intended field of study,
  • have Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing by the semester of departure,
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Academic Program

Students are permitted to enroll in any classes in which they are qualified. Classes offered through the Center for International Programs have an option to be takeen in English.

Courses Available

Art *
Digital Animation*
Environmental Sciences
Film & TV*
Health Sciences
Intensive Spanish*


Interior Space Design*
International Business
International Marketing Management
International Relations
Latin American Culture
Political Science
Product Design*
Social Science
Spanish Literature*

*These courses are available in Spanish only. Students at the beginner and intermediate Spanish language level can take a Spanish course with English electives. Students at the advanced level may take classes given in Spanish with Costa Rican students.

For more course details, visit the Veritas website.


Students are responsible for finding and applying for their own housing accommodations. Universidad Veritas can assist students in finding appropriate off-campus housing, but students must request assistance, and are ultimately responsible for finding, securing, and paying for their accommodations. There may also be some homestay housing available upon request through the International Office.


Students who have at least a high intermediate level of Spanish may have an internship. Students must request assistance from Universidad Veritas, which will assist students in finding a local internship. Internships may last for 8, 12, or 16 weeks.


Semester From–to
Fall Semester September–December
Spring Semester January–April

Financing Your Semester

Estimated Costs

SJSU Tuition & Fees 3,585.00

These costs are current as of 2012–13. These are estimated costs for the whole semester. Consult the Bursar’s Office for up-to-date information on tuition and fees. Personal expenses may vary among different students, and those who will be doing a lot of traveling during the school break and after the program should estimate higher.

Round Trip Transportation 800.00
Room & Meals 5,300.00
Books & Supplies 300.00
Insurance 350.00
Personal Expenses 1,500.00
Total $11,835.00

Apply for This Program

SJSU Bilateral Program Forms