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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Summer, Summer Session I, Summer Session II, Summer Session III
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  • Program Sponsor: CEA Study Abroad 
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay Language of Instruction: Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Affiliated Program
Area of Study: Pre-Med, Psychology, Spanish Program Sponsorship Indicator: CEA
Program Description:

Study Abroad in San José

Acquire the language skills and understanding of cultural elements that may come into play when working with Spanish-speaking patients. Designed for students at all levels of Spanish ability who wish to work in the medical and health sciences fields, this program offers health science courses (taught in English) that provide insight into Costa Rica's health care system and offer active learning components that reinforce lessons learned in class. From recognizing medical vocabulary to describing patients' physical and mental states to communication with patients and other medical personnel, language courses focus on developing the ability to effectively communicate with patients through intensive speaking and listening practice set within a medical context. Advanced students will fine-tune their language skills, discussing topics such as advantages and disadvantages of traditional vs. holistic medicine and preparing talks or presentations given at clinics or conferences. Regardless of the level of instruction, expect to give presentations that simulate medical provider-patient interactions. An Early Start option, offered for semester programs, helps you jump start your (regular) Spanish language skills before your Medical Spanish course begins in the semester.

 Semester/Term Eligibility Requirements Rec. Semester Credits
 Semester  All levels of Spanish; Min 2.60 GPA; High School Graduate  14-20
 Summer  All levels of Spanish; Min 2.60 GPA; High School Graduate
 4-8


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Where You'll Study

Our partner institution, Veritas University, is known for its commitment to students from around the world; about 25% of the 2,000-member student body is international. Veritas offers a range of courses in fields like architecture, business, cultural studies, design, environmental science, health sciences, studio arts, and zoology. Courses are taught in English, and Spanish Language courses are available for all levels. The spacious, modern campus is located in the quiet Zapote District, just east of downtown San José and home to the Casa Presidencial. Students will receive a transcript from Veritas University upon completion of their program.

What's Included

  • Pre-Departure Advising
  • Airport Pickup
  • Housing
  • 24/7 Onsite Emergency Assistance
  • Excursions & Cultural Activities
  • and more

Excursions

  • Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • and more

Funding Options

CEA has several ways to help you fund your program, including scholarships, grants, and vouchers. Find out more about what we have to offer.

Learn more about funding




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Through SIUE's partnership with CEA, all SIUE students who participate in CEA programs receive:
  • A $1,000 travel grant toward any semester program
  • A $500 travel grant toward any summer program

This grant is applied to the student's account at CEA. Note that this grant cannot be combined with other CEA offers which may appear from time to time.

Students must apply first here on the SIUE site (click Apply Now above) AND apply separately on the CEA site (click the "Explore this Program" link above.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 06/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 09/25/2021 12/18/2021
Summer Session II 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer Session I 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2022 04/30/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Applicants will learn of acceptance shortly after this date. If accepted, students must return to their applications to complete the next phase of requirements.