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Veritas University – San José

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Fall: late September to late December
Winter: early January to late March
Spring: late March to late June
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Minot State University features three programs at the Veritas University in San José, Costa Rica:

The Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies program accommodates students of all levels of Spanish proficiency. The curriculum includes language and culture courses taught in Spanish, as well as a wide variety of courses taught in English. Additionally, there is an option to complete an internship concurrently with this program. This program is recommended for MSU students from all majors who are interested in improving or acquiring Spanish language skills while studying other subjects at the same time, and particularly for students majoring or minoring in Spanish.

The Health Care Courses in English & Medical Spanish program is open to students at all levels of Spanish proficiency. It is designed for students wishing to expand their knowledge of Health Care practices abroad while improving their Spanish. Throughout the 12-week program students may participate in up to three 80-hour Spanish language courses and must take at least one Health Care elective course instructed in English. This program provides students with the opportunity to gain both classroom and real-life Spanish speaking experience. This program is offered during the Fall and Winter trimesters.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must be studying a health-related subject such as pre-med, nursing, pharmacy, biology, physical therapy, kinesiology, etc.

The Arts and Design Courses with Locals is open to students at the high-advanced Spanish level. Students will choose a total of four classes from the following categories: Courses with Costa Ricans, Language Modules and/or General Electives. Students may choose any combination to complete their 4 choices as long as scheduling permits; however, students MUST take at least one course with locals. The Language Modules are 4 weeks long, while the General Electives are 12 weeks. All courses with locals last for the entire semester. For an extra fee, and if schedules allow, students may take a fifith course. Students who do not place into the high-advanced level on the mandatory Veritas University placement exam will not be eligible for this program and must switch into the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts and Environmental Studies program.

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How to Apply

Application Deadline:
Fall Semester – February 15th
Spring Semester – September 15th
Applications for the Intensive Spanish Language (1 month) programs are due 90 days in advance of that program’s start date


- Undergraduates, with sophomore status and at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative).
- There is no language prerequisite for these programs, with the exception of the ELAP internship option.*
- To be eligible for the Health Care Courses in English & Medical Spanish program, applicants must be studying a health profession such as pre-med, nursing, pharmacy or biology.

*To be eligible for the ELAP Internship Option available with the Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies program, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters (three quarters) of college-level Spanish in order to be admitted to the program.

Application Procedure:

  • Step 1: Submit a completed MSU Study Abroad Application to the MSU Office of International Programs by the appropriate deadline.
  • Step 2: Receive letter of acceptance to study abroad through MSU from the MSU Office of International Programs.
  • Step 3: By the appropriate deadline, complete the ISA application online, making sure to follow all instructions and program requirements.
  • Step 4: You will receive notification of your final acceptance status from ISA. If admitted, complete the process outlined below, along with any other instructions you receive from ISA.

Contact Information: Emma May, Education Abroad Program Assistant

Information for Admitted Students
* Although we make every attempt to keep this information up to date, please defer to information provided to you directly from ISA as the best resource. If there are discrepancies between the protocols listed here (applying for housing, getting registered for courses, etc.) and those told to you by ISA, default to those of ISA. However, health insurance requirements, course equivalencies, credit transfer and grading are determined solely by MSU.




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last updated October 9, 2014