What You’ll Study
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-22 U.S. semester credits per session (15-22 for early start quarter; 12-17 for regular quarter)
Students will complete a combination of intensive Spanish language courses and elective course offerings in English or Spanish. The number of Spanish language courses desired dictates how many elective courses students complete each term. Language courses are four weeks long and consist of 80 contact hours in the classroom. Elective courses generally range from 48 to 60 contact hours and most home institutions award between 3 and 4 U.S. semester credits per elective course.
All students will complete a Spanish placement test online prior to their departure to determine their Spanish level.
INTENSIVE LANGUAGE FOCUS
Students wishing to focus on language study can choose to complete as many as three, month-long intensive language courses during the quarter program option or four, month-long intensive language courses during the semester program option. In combination with the intensive language courses, students generally select 1-2 elective courses.
Students selecting a “quarter” program will complete 12 weeks of coursework, selecting a total of four classes. Even students from semester schools can select a “quarter” program, as they will have the opportunity to earn 14-18 semester credit.
Students selecting a “semester” program will complete 16 weeks of coursework, selecting five classes in total. In the fall semester program, the first month will consist of an intensive language course. During the following three months, fall students will complete elective courses along with additional Spanish language courses if desired.
Spring semester participants will begin their elective courses immediately (in combination with any desired Spanish language courses) and conclude them by the end of March. During the fourth and final month of the program, all students will be required to complete an intensive language course.
ACADEMIC YEAR OPTIONS
Students who select the academic year early-start option complete the equivalent of the fall semester and the winter quarter programs. Students selecting the academic year option complete the equivalent of the fall quarter and winter quarter programs.
All academic year students will have a short break period between the fall and spring sessions of approximately two weeks. Students should plan to return home or travel during that time, as housing is not provided. Upon their return to San José, students will complete an additional three months of courses, until early April.
The Universidad Veritas invites students to consider completing one of eight certificate options. If selected, students will complete select courses in a given area of study. A minimum of four electives in the subject area in question must be completed to earn the certificate. More information is available on the course information section.
The certificate option is best combined with a semester or academic year program.
API students receive a transcript from the Universidad Veritas upon completion of their program.