Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología



ULACIT is fully accredited by the Costa Rica Ministry of Education and the Costa Rica’s National Council of Private University Higher Education (CONESUP). Undergraduate programs in accounting, business, information systems, and law are accredited by SINAES, Costa Rica’s official accrediting body.

ULACIT, a bilingual university near downtown San José, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in engineering, business, advertising, psychology, dentistry, education, and law. About 3,000 students, 15% of whom are international, attend ULACIT. The school enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America and has more programs accredited by SINAES, the national accreditation system, than any other private university in Costa Rica.

ULACIT strives to prepare students for leadership positions in science, technology, and other fields, and emphasizes providing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required in a global marketplace. ULACIT recruits, educates, and supports learners with promising academic potential, who also reflect a great diversity of interests, talents, and life experiences.

In order to foster students’ full potential and passion for learning, ULACIT offers academic programs that are intellectually relevant and stimulating, learning environments that develop the whole person, and the necessary resources to maintain academic excellence in every aspect.

When you study at ULACIT, you’ll be encouraged to join a student organization or the Student Government to make the most out of the opportunities offered by this diverse, stimulating campus community. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend academic conferences, cultural and social events, and sport tournaments, or participate in field trips, workshops, and continuing education courses sponsored by the University.

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty teach language and elective classes.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Periodic projects and homework assignments 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 include CEA participants and other international students.


ULACIT’s teaching methodology is based on the principle that efficient learning occurs when learners are able to show through their performances that they understand the knowledge provided and have acquired the skills practiced. You will engage in a wide range of project-based assignments, providing you with multiple opportunities to generate new ideas, learn from others, and apply your talents and newly developed abilities.

This interdisciplinary education also provides you with multiple lenses with which to understand difficult problems and a wider set of cognitive tools to arrive at better solutions. You’ll have opportunity to correlate, share, and reconstruct knowledge, as the boundaries between the disciplines blur and a more holistic understanding of the human experience begins to surface.

ULACIT employs Blackboard Enterprise and hybrid learning in all academic programs, procuring the benefits of both face-to-face and online teaching methodologies for the purpose of learning. Students learn to use the technological tools available in their respective fields, as well as office productivity applications.


Veritas University



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.


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 %


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


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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Featured Program

Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Sciences

Veritas University
Improve your fluency, delve into local culture, and learn about environmental issues in a country known for its amazing biodiversity. Designed for all levels of Spanish language proficiency, you’ll take at least one Spanish language course and choose from a range of electives.
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