Costa Rica packs a multitude of experiences for the Spanish immersion student into a small, friendly, happy country. Visit Costa Rica’s official tourism site and read its official slogan, “No Artificial Ingredients”—a mantra of which you will not need reminding from the first moment you set foot in one of the country’s myriad waterfalls or stumble upon one of its 100-plus species of brightly colored frogs. The country is of a manageable size and the bus network is extensive, if somewhat slow due to rainy weather and less-than-perfect roads. Its two airports allow visitors to crisscross the country with speed but at greater expense (if you’ve got the time, a two-peso, six-hour bus ride is hard to turn down—as is the quality time you’ll get to spend with the locals).
The country, a veritable natural amusement park, offers active volcanoes, stunning beaches (both Caribbean and Pacific), and intoxicating rain forests full of exotic flora and fauna. In the country’s center is the famed Arenal Volcano, which is a hefty but picturesque hike from the small town over which it looms. The landmark also overlooks a waterfall and swimming hole as well as a luxury resort based around natural hot springs. Tortuguero National Park, on the Caribbean coast, is an epicenter for ecotourism and a hot spot for sea turtle watching and caring.
Veritas Study Abroad
The Center for International Programs and Sustainability Studies at Universidad Veritas is committed to offering innovative courses and programs to develop an interdisciplinary and sustainability-focused mindset. We provide an inclusive intercultural learning platform for international students in pursuit of becoming leaders and service-oriented citizens in a changing, challenging, and diverse world. We offer different levels of Spanish Learning 4-week, intensive programs, as well as Spanish Learning for Health Professions, Business Professions, Law Enforcement Professions, and Hospitality and Recreation Professions. Additionally, students can take either semester or summer-long courses in English at the same time, in different areas like Biology & Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Business, Health and Wellness, among others. We also provide all the support required to develop and manage Faculty Led and Customized Programs in different areas.
Universidad Veritas offers a very creative urban campus. It is fully equipped with computer labs (Macs & PC’s), library, Digital Fabrication Lab (Fablab), co-working spaces and a Biomolecular Lab (Biomol), which is a laboratory specially equipped and designed for research purposes for many marine and land projects regarding DNA extraction, species identification, sequencing, marine species traceability, working alongside the different governments in the region.
Students can choose amongst new fields that interest them or give continuity to their language and other academic areas of study through transferable credits, all while enjoying a new country and being completely immersed in a different culture.
Widely recognized as one of the top language schools in Costa Rica, Intercultura has a variety of Spanish programs for all ages and learners. You can learn Spanish in Costa Rica with Intercultura’s internationally recognized Spanish programs, offered year-round at both city and beach campuses. Each Spanish course is designed for full immersion in real-life contexts and social interactions. Our primary goal is to teach you the Spanish language in a warm yet intellectually challenging environment. Classes at both of our campuses – Heredia city and Playa Samara – are conducted entirely in Spanish, providing students from all over the world with a complete and intensive learning experience.
From small group classes ranging from 2-6 people, to private Spanish classes tailored to your specific needs, Tico Lingo offers quality immersion programs lead by certified, native Spanish instructors. Paired with a local homestay family, students can be sure to quickly advance their speaking and comprehension skills. Each program has a flexible duration ranging from 1-24 weeks. Many students have seen drastic increases in Spanish language fluency after 3 to 4 weeks.