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AIFS Gap Year Programs: San José, Costa Rica (Semester/Year)


Spend a semester or academic year in the lively capital of San José with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 23 credits per semester from Universidad Veritas through various courses and internship opportunities. Courses are taught in English and Spanish. No previous Spanish language study is required for most programs.

Universidad Veritas offers an internship program and volunteer opportunities that’ll help you make the most of your semester abroad. Their Spanish Language and Internship Program welcomes students with an advanced level of Spanish and a minimum of 2 years of college-level Spanish. It combines a 4-week Spanish language course with a 12-week internship placement within local companies or NGOs based on your major.

You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities including:

·     Costa Rican cooking classes

·     Visits to local museums and historical sites

·     A 3-day trip to Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs and Monteverde Cloud Forest

·     A 3-day trip to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park

·     Day trip Poás Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate and Sarchi artisans.

Optional excursions include a 2-day trip hiking and rafting in Sarapiquí and a 4-day trip to Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Program Highlights

·      Program fee includes housing, a meal plan and guidance from experienced on-site Resident Director and support staff.

·      Enjoy AIFS organized social/cultural activities, excursions, and field trips.

·      Take advantage of round-trip flights and airport transfers by booking our optional AIFS Flight Package.

·      Earn up to 23 credits a semester from Universidad Veritas.

·      Travel to Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, Monteverde Cloud Forest and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS in the form of scholarships or grants.



  • Spanish
  • Law Enforcement
  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Business
  • International Business
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Photography
  • Physical Therapy
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Marine Biology
  • Conservation and Preservation
  • Internship Programs
  • Spanish Language Literature and Studies
  • Hispanic Studies

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