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AIFS: San Jose, Costa Rica (Third Party)

The Program

Study Spanish language, environmental studies or Latin American literature with AIFS in San José, Costa Rica.  By including your tuition, housing, meals, airfare and cultural activities in one guaranteed price, AIFS makes it simple for you to live and study in Costa Rica and experience all that the diverse climates and lively capital of this Central American country have to offer. This program is run through Veritas University, one of the most highly respected private universities in the Latin American academic community. It is housed in an urban campus, equipped with modern facilities, including computer labs, a well-maintained library and cafeterias.

The Academics

You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits per semester upon completion of this program. The Latin American studies program will give students of all language abilities a solid understanding and knowledge of Argentine and Latin American history, economics, politics and culture while improving their Spanish skills.

Choose between three programs: Spanish and Humanities, Spanish and Environmental Sciences or the Internship and Latin American Studies program.

The Spanish and Humanities and Spanish and Environmental Sciences programs are available for a period of 12 or 16* weeks. The Internship and Latin American Studies program is available as a 16-week program only. All students are required to take Spanish (available at all levels from Beginner to Advanced and heritage speaker) and can then choose from a variety of electives designed especially for study abroad students.

For a list of courses offered, click here.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

 Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
PSYC 2101 Introduction to Multicultural Psychology Psychology 305 / PSY 3050 Cultural Psychology 3 6/30/2021

The Experience

Located almost in the center of the country, San Jose has all the facilities of a big city while being within reach of both coasts as well as the volcanoes and national parks of the central highlands.Located almost in the center of the country, San Jose has all the facilities of a big city while being within reach of both coasts as well as the volcanoes and national parks of the central highlands.

You will live with a local family located close to campus. All homestays are within walking distance of the University. You will have your own bedroom and there may be other international students also living in the homestay. Breakfast and dinner are provided daily by the family and lunch can be purchased inexpensively at the cafeterias on the University campus. All homes have Internet facilities and there is privacy for study. A once a week laundry service by your homestay is included.

Cultural activities organized by the University and the AIFS Resident Director may include tropical dance lessons, sports games, museum, market and theater visits plus a chance to participate in a conversation partner program with Costa Rican students.

AIFS excursions take advantage of the myriad ecological features of Costa Rica. See Arenal Volcano and bathe in the nearby Tabacon hot springs. Explore Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica’s premier attraction for visitors. Encounter wildlife and exotic plants and flowers at Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast.


Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
One of the first UConn majors in Latin American Studies, Mr. Bruce Lane remembers how traveling in Argentina impacted and transformed his life. To assist new students in having similar opportunities, Mr. Lane has generously established the Dr. Paul B. Goodwin, Jr. Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship in honor of his mentor, Emeritus Professor of History, Paul Goodwin, Jr. The purpose of the Fund is to support University students participating in Study Abroad programs to Latin American and the Caribbean. For more information contact Anne Gebelein: If a student withdraws from his/her study abroad program after being awarded the scholarship, UConn Education Abroad reserves the right to revoke the scholarship award.

Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/08/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences, Economics, Humanities
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5