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Fact Sheet:
Language(s) of Instruction: English, Spanish Min GPA: 2.8
Housing Options: Homestay Program Instructor: TBD
Academic Area: Economics, Environmental Studies, Health and Human Services, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Policy Studies, Religion/Theology, Spanish
Program Description:

Take your studies to San Jose, Costa Rica 

Every fall Lafayette partners with Universidad Veritas to offer one of our signature programs, open to all Lafayette students. Students typically participate in this program during the fall semester of either their sophomore year or junior year. The program is led by a rotating Lafayette faculty resident director and students have the opportunity to take the course taught by the resident director in addition to courses offered at Universidad Veritas.

To apply to this program, please see the “How to Apply” section below.

Fall 2018 Faculty Leader: Professor Susan Basow



Students pay Lafayette tuition and room/partial board and continue to receive financial aid (with the exception of RA benefits and work-study hours). Included in this cost is:
  • Round-trip group flight from local area airport (typically Newark Airport)
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Partial board
  • Program-related excursions and cultural activities
  • Emergency medical and safety insurance through On Call International
Typical expenses not included in program costs include but are not limited to: transportation between home and airport for group flights, additional baggage fees for flights, passport and visa/residency permit fees, meals outside the partial board coverage, books and supplies, additional course fees (i.e. course-related trips, lab fees, museum fees), overload courses, and personal expenses.

About the Location

Universidad Veritas
Universidad Veritas, founded in 1975, is a private university located in San Jose, Costa Rica. The university is renowned in Costa Rica for its design, art, architecture, and photography programs. In addition, the university welcomes international students to study Spanish language, as well as courses in the arts/humanities, social sciences, and sciences taught in English at the university's Center for International Programs. The university is located within a twenty-minute walk to downtown San Jose. San Jose, located in the middle of the country, is the capital of Costa Rica. 

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All students considering this program should consult with their Lafayette academic adviser and/or academic major department to confirm that this program is a good academic fit.

All students participating in this program enroll in the course taught by the Lafayette faculty resident director of the program. This course option will change each year and will depend on the faculty member’s area of expertise. All students on this program will also enroll in an intensive Spanish language course at their appropriate level. Language levels range from basic to advanced/content-related courses.

In addition to the resident director course and the Spanish language course, students will enroll in 2-3 other courses offered at Universidad Veritas. Courses available to students can be found here.
Credit Transfer
Students typically take 4-5 courses while studying on the Lafayette in in Costa Rica program. The course taught by the resident director counts as 1 Lafayette credit. The intensive Spanish language course typically counts as 1.5 Lafayette credits. Most other courses at Universidad Veritas count as 0.75 Lafayette credits. Students should confirm transfer of credit with the appropriate Department Head/Registrar.
The course taught by the resident director has been pre-approved to transfer back to Lafayette. All other courses must be approved to transfer back to Lafayette via the Course Approval process. You can learn more about Course Approval here.



Students will live with a host family situated within walking distance of Universidad Veritas. Though there may be more than one student per home, each student will have his or her own room within the house. Students will eat breakfast and dinner with their host families and will receive a credit to their Lafayette College accounts to compensate for having to purchase lunch on/around campus. For more information about the homestay experience, click here.


Excursions / Activities

Students have the opportunity to participate in several local and international excursions throughout their time with the Lafayette in Costa Rica program. Excursions and cultural activities vary by year and will depend on the area of expertise of the resident director. Past excursions have included Panama and Nicaragua.

In addition to the excursions already included in the Lafayette in Costa Rica program, students can also choose to participate in a variety of fee-based offerings from Universidad Veritas. You can learn more about the extracurricular activities offered by Universidad Veritas here. You can learn more about additional excursions offered by Universidad Veritas here.

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At this time students traveling on a US passport do not need to obtain a student visa prior to entering Costa Rica. Students will be charged an exit tax in the airport upon their departure from Costa Rica.

At this time students traveling on a non-US passport may need a visa to enter Costa Rica. Please reach out to for further instructions and advice. While the Office of International & Off-Campus Education works to support students through the visa process, the office staff are not visa experts and it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the appropriate visa and documentation. Fees for visas are the responsibility of the student.


How to Apply

Students who participate in the Lafayette in Costa Rica program typically do so in the fall semester of either their sophomore year or junior year. It is important that all students carefully consider this program option and speak with their academic adviser before applying.
The application deadline for this program is typically the third Friday of the spring semester (please contact the Office of International & Off-Campus Education for specific dates).
During the application cycle, students will click the “Apply Now” button near the top of this page, they will select the “Fall” program cycle, and they will complete all of the application tasks required of them by the application deadline.
Please note all students are subject to the eligibility requirements the College sets forth for students wishing to study abroad/off-campus for a semester. You can find information about eligibility here.
Once a student is offered placement on a program they will be required to confirm their commitment to the program by submitting a $500 non-refundable deposit. Further instructions on this step are provided by the Office of International & Off-Campus Education at the appropriate time.

The preceding is subject to change without notice.  Updated 12/5/2018.


For students interested in fields such as Spanish language and literature, environmental studies, Latin American studies, international relations, international business, and film and media studies, this program will be an exciting opportunity to enhance their Lafayette education.{C}{C}{C}

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.