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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at 3000 level or equivalent for non-English taught courses
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Home-stay Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Experience Costa Rica for a Semester or Year!


In 1976 VERITAS Collegium was born as one of the four founding colleges of the first private university in Costa Rica: the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA). In 1994, the Collegium VERITAS and ITAN (the Technical Institute of Business Administration) merged to become a new autonomous university under the name of VERITAS University. VERITAS University is considered to be the best university in its areas of specialty. Its strategic pillars are excellence, technology and innovation, financial health, social projection and internationalization.


Located in the central valley of Costa Rica, San José is a vibrant urban center in the heart of a serene and beautiful nation. Three volcanoes surround the city, and quaint villages, farms and coffee plantations dot the hillsides. Though the metropolitan area is home to 36% of the nation’s population, one can easily explore the smaller central area of the city and discover its neighborhood markets and local restaurants.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late September to Late December
  • Spring Semester 1: Early January to Early April
  • Spring Semester 2: Early April to Late June
For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Veritas website.


Living with a host family is the easiest way for students to experience Costa Rican culture and practice their Spanish. Students will have a private room, and will be provided breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. Laundry service is provided once a week. Lunch can be purchased on or near campus during the week. Housing costs will be billed through Appalachian State though they will reflect Veritas’ rates. For more information about housing please visit Veritas University’s accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
1Veritas Tuition $3000 - $4400
2Veritas Housing $2500 - $4000
3Veritas Fees $200 - $1000
4OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Dev Fee $60
International Health Insurance $1.45/day
1Tuition, Housing, and Fees for this particular institution will be invoiced to Appalachian State and then charged to the student’s bill. 
2Homestay includes 2 meals per day.
3Veritas additional fees include a $195 registration fee as well as optional services such as airport pickup and a private tutor.
4The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Additional Meals $300 - $700  $600 - $1400 
Airfare $600 - $1200  $600 - $1200 
1Personal Expenses $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
Books and Materials $180 - $300 $360 - $600
Local Transportation $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Visa (for US Citizens) $0 - $400 $0 - $400
In-country Visa Renewal $300 - $450 $300 - $450
Passport $150 $150
US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
3Personal Travel and Spending $800 - $1500 $1600 - $3000
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels (Veritas offers optional group excursions), and the items they purchase.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: FallSpringAcademic Year.

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


With over 20 years of experience, the Center for International Programs (CIP) at Veritas University in Costa Rica offers a wide range of study abroad options that can be customized for different educational needs. Students can choose from English taught elective courses in diverse fields, ranging from topics such as business and economics to art, humanities, politics and theological studies, or intensive Spanish Language classes which operate on a month by month basis. To locate specific course offerings in English or Spanish, please visit the Veritas course web page

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Veritas program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.