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Program Type: Semester / Year Abroad What Financial Aid Applies?: All Current Aid, GI Bill
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Study Requirement: Yes
Housing: Homestay Meal Plan: Plan Available
Recommended for Chapman Majors: Art, Communication Studies, Dance, Economics, Environmental Science & Policy, Health Sciences, Political Science, Religious Studies, Spanish, Strategic & Corporate Communication Recommended for Chapman Minors: Latinx & Latin American Studies
Program Description:

Call: 1-800-266-4441

Text: 480-448-6013

Study Abroad in San José

Take a deep dive into environmental issues in a country that's renowned for its amazing biodiversity while improving your Spanish language fluency and discovering local culture. Along with environmental science courses, you'll choose from a range of liberal arts courses with a Costa Rican focus in areas such as economics, health sciences, political science, photography, and cultural studies. Designed for all levels of proficiency, you'll take one or more Spanish language courses and choose from a range of electives taught in English. Students at the advanced Spanish language level may choose to take electives taught in Spanish. An Early Start option, offered for semester programs, helps you jump start your Spanish language skills before the semester begins.

 Semester/Term    Eligibility Requirements    Rec. Semester Credits
 Semester     All levels of Spanish     14-19

EXPLORE THIS PROGRAM 

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 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

  • Granada, Nicaragua
  • 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.

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Academic Information

Chapman University maintains a record of the courses that previous study abroad students have taken, and the equivalent Chapman credit that was granted for each course. To view the course equivalencies for this program, click “Sample Pre-Approved Courses” at the top of each program brochure page. Please note that Sample Pre-Approved Courses are courses that have been previously requested by a Chapman student for credit. It is not a comprehensive list of all courses available at the institution.

You may view the entire course catalog for this program by following these instructions:

  1. Go to the CEA San Jose - Spanish Language, Liberal Arts, & Environmental Sciences website.
  2. Choose the correct semester and year next to “Available Sessions” at the top left (e.g. “Spring 2019 Semester”). If students select the optional Early Start program (e.g. “Spring 2019 Semester – Early Start”), students will be billed the additional Early Start program fee and the credits will be calculated into the total semester abroad credits.
  3. Click on the “Course Listing” tab. 
  4. Choose a level under “Available Levels”: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Level and Beyond.
  5. To expand and view all of the courses at once, click on “View All” to the right of the course category headings.
Students are encouraged to request additional or revised equivalencies during the pre-departure process, which will be evaluated by the appropriate academic units on campus.

Credit and Grading Transfer

Credits are articulated based on U.S. credit equivalencies and credit hours earned.

Credits from CEA San Jose, Costa Rica will transfer as follows:

 
Credit at CEA San Jose, Costa Rica Credit at Chapman University
3 credits 3 credits

Students must enroll in the equivalent of 12-18 Chapman credits.
 
Grade at CEA San Jose, Costa Rica Grade at Chapman University
A A
B B
C C
D D
F F
 
Courses are graded according to the US grading conversion scale.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Classes taken as ‘Pass/Fail’ will not be accepted, with the exception of internships. Internships must be approved by the Center for Global Education.