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San José Academic Institution

Veritas University
Veritas University is recognized by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning.
Available Programs
Medical Spanish & Health Sciences
Environmental Studies
Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Sciences
Intensive Spanish Language
Veritas University

Veritas University

Veritas University was founded in 1975 as a college of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, the first private university in Costa Rica. Shortly thereafter, Veritas University became an independent university and has since grown to become one of the most highly recognized private universities in the Latin American community. Not only is Veritas University fully accredited by the Costa Rica Ministry of Education, but it is also a member of the College Consortium for International Studies and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

With approximately 2,000 students, 500 of which are international, Veritas University is located in the eastern part of the city (Zapote), ten minutes from downtown San José and only one kilometer from the Casa Presidencial. The school offers a complete range of subjects and a great variety of cultural, artistic and athletic activities.

The university is housed in a spacious campus equipped with modern facilities, including several computer labs and a well-maintained library. CEA offers a very practical and well-organized Spanish language program, carried out by a highly trained and experienced staff of university professors. At Veritas University, you will have all the rights and privileges of a Costa Rican university student, including a university ID, computer labs, library, cafeteria, campus bookstore, and tourist office.

Classroom Information

  • International faculty from Veritas University will teach your language and elective classes.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments and final exams will also be administered.
  • Teaching styles in Costa Rica can be very different from those found in the US or Canada. Be prepared to adapt to the different classroom structures and coursework expectations for your school.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 25 students and include CEA participants and other international students. Only those students who are enrolled in the Integrated Studies Semester will be in classes with host national students, due to the superior mastery of the language required.


The grading system at Veritas University is the same 100-point scale the US uses in their grading system. Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and Veritas University, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student's home university.

Letter Grade Grade %
97 - 100
93 - 96
90 - 92
87 - 89
83 - 86
80 - 82
77 - 79
75 - 76*
Below 75
No Pass
Sufficiency Pass

*Note: For Veritas Language courses, students must earn a grade of 75 or above in order to continue to the next level. Students with a grade of under 75 in any level must repeat the level before continuing on to the next level.