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Veritas University

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Accreditation

Ranked among Costa Rica’s top 10 universities, Veritas is fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education and is a member of the College Consortium for International Studies and NAFSA.

Since its founding in 1976, Veritas University has become one of the most highly recognized private universities in Latin America. Not only is Veritas 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 whom 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’s spacious campus is equipped with modern facilities, including several computer labs and a well-maintained library. CEA offers a practical and well-organized Spanish language program, led by a highly trained and experienced staff of university professors.

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty from Veritas University 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 be administered.
  • Teaching styles in Costa Rica may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 25 students and includes CEA participants and other international students.

Grading

The grading system at Veritas University is the same 100-point scale used in the U.S. Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA and Veritas University, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by your home university.

Letter Grade

Grade %

A+

97 - 100

A

93 - 96

A-

90 - 92

B+

87 - 89

B

83 - 86

B-

80 - 82

C+

77 - 79

C

75 - 76*

F

Below 75

W

Withdrew

INC

Incomplete

NP

No Pass

SP

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 under 75 in any level must repeat the level before continuing on to the next level.

AVAILABLE AMENITIES AND SERVICES

CEA San José Center - Extension

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Accreditation

Courses taught at the CEA San José Center - Extension have been designed in conjunction with, and approved by, the University of New Haven (UNH). UNH also approves faculty appointments. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA San José Center - Extension, students will receive credit for their work from UNH. Additionally, UNH ensures standards for the academic facility meet the benchmarks established by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE/NEASC), which approves the School of Record agreement. 

The University of New Haven oversees the entire approval process surrounding CEA Study Center – Extensions, which includes: faculty appointments, curriculum design, course approvals, course credit assignments, quality assurance, student assessment, and academic accommodation.

Located in downtown San José, the CEA San José Center – Extension was established to make internships and study abroad more accessible to North American students. 

CEA San José Center – Extension courses are designed to increase your understanding of the diverse history, politics, culture, economics, and art of San José. Faculty teaching at the CEA San José Center – Extension will utilize the city as their classroom, allowing students to develop cultural links to their coursework. CEA Study Center – Extension destinations also offer opportunity for niche academic programming and a small faculty-to-student ratio. After the successful completion of a session at the CEA San José Center – Extension, students will receive a UNH transcript. Please note, Academic Performance Reviews and staffing models for CEA Center – Extensions are modified to align with the scope of their programming.

Classroom and Information

  • Classes are taught by CEA-selected and UNH-approved faculty 

  • Periodic homework assignments and final examinations will be administered 

  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor. You may access your grades and attendance on your MyCEA Account 

Grading

Faculty at the CEA San José Center-Extension carefully evaluate student work and progress throughout their academic session. When calculating final grades, instructors consider written and oral exercises, homework assignments, attendance, classroom participation, and exam performance. 
 
The following grading system is in use at the CEA San José Center- Extension: 

CEA Grading Scale (Effective Spring 2017)

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade Low Range

Numerical Grade High Range

Percentage Range

Quality Points

A+

9.70

10.00

97.0 - 100%

4.00

A

9.40

9.69

94.0 - 96.9%

4.00

A-

9.00

9.39

90.0 – 93.9%

3.70

B+

8.70

8.99

87.0 – 89.9%

3.30

B

8.40

8.69

84.0 – 86.9%

3.00

B-

8.00

8.39

80.0 – 83.9%

2.70

C+

7.70

7.99

77.0 – 79.9%

2.30

C

7.40

7.69

74.0 – 76.9%

2.00

C-

7.00

7.39

70.0- 73.9%

1.70

D

6.00

6.99

60.0 – 69.9%

1.00

F

0.00

5.99

0 - 59.9%

0.00

W

Withdrawal

0.00

INC

Incomplete

0.00

Completion of a course is defined as a receipt of a letter grade (A+ to F) as opposed to Withdrawal or Incomplete. 
 
In order to determine a quality point ratio, each letter grade from a completed course is assigned a quality point value. The quality point value for each grade earned during a semester is multiplied by the number of semester hours assigned to that course. The sum of these points is the total number of quality points earned during the semester. It is divided by the number of semester hours completed to obtain the quality point ratio (QPR). 

AVAILABLE AMENITIES AND SERVICES

CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

Maggie Banchs

Program Director
San José, Costa Rica
Maggie's role is to oversee all student services and housing including orientation, excursions, and cultural activities. She advises students on issues related to cross-cultural information, health, and safety, and is responsible for responding to student inquiries and concerns. Maggie serves as a resource to students as they transition into Costa Rican culture, and functions as their primary point of contact.
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Natalia Cascante

Student Life Advisor
San José, Costa Rica

As a Student Life Advisor, Natalia acts as a liaison for student services onsite. She provides support for the planning and coordinating of housing, excursions, trips, and volunteering.

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