Montana State University

currently this program is unavailable until further notice-(10.23.14)

Costa Rica 2015-

5 week summer program

Language, Culture and Health/Medicine

Visit beautiful Costa Rica




Location: San Jose, Costa Rica

                   Universidad Veritas

Dates: May 26th to June 27th, 2015 (actual dates to be determined yet)

Language: Spanish and English

Eligibility: Both MSU and non-MSU students


Level: Undergraduate/ Graduate

Subjects: Beginning to Intermediate Spanish, Medical Spanish, Culture and History and Social Health Care and Medicine

Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, interview by program coordinator

Course: Choice of one Spanish course, plus one other specialty course (6 or 7 credits total) (see choices below)

Application Deadline:  February 11th- initial deadline.    March 7, 2015 Final Application Deadline

If there are spaces, there will be rolling admission until program capacity is reached.  Please get your applications in as soon as possible.  Applications are below.



Cost: $3600 (excludes airfare)     Estimated additional costs are: $1800  ( $800 airfare (approx), $300 for lunches, $700 other incidentals)

            $5400 estimated total for the program

  • Financial Aid can be used towards this program (see more below)
  • Financial Aid inquiries for non-MSU students must be made to their respective institutions.



If you need funding sources, here are some suggestions:

           • Go to MSU Financial Aid and ask for help.  If you have not filled out a FAFSA, do so immediately:


Lodging: Home- stay with local family--practice your Spanish every morning and night with your family; eat traditional foods; see how Costa Ricans really live!                                                               


Tentative Time- line / Program Dates:  Click here for updated time- line

  • Feb. 11th :Priority Application Deadline, non-refundable $200 deposit (turn in to the Office of International Programs)
  • March 7, 2014- Final Application Deadline
  • Week of March 17th: Applicant interviews
  • Week of March 17th-Notification of acceptance
  • Tuesday, March 25th-4:00-5:00pm- First pre-departure meeting- OIP office
  • Orientation meeting- turn in all mandatory forms (*Non-MSU students not required to attend meeting and will be sent a summary of meeting discussion through e-mail)
  • March-April- Mandatory Health and Safety meeting with Catherine Ebelke MSU (Health Center) *Non-MSU students will be sent Health and Safety info through e-mail
  • April 10th-- Program fee due to MSU Registrar's Office (pay before departure; you will be billed directly; no refunds after start of program)   
  • April 18th: Airline ticket information
  • Mid-April- Second pre-departure meeting- OIP office- date and time TBA
  • May 25th (on or before): Arrive in San Jose-move in with families-Program begins
  • May 26th: Orientation at Universidad Veritas, San Jose city tour
  • May 27th: Afternoon classes begin
  • May 31-June 1- Included  Excursion
  • June 2nd: morning Spanish classes begin
  • June 27th: Program Ends (return home or travel on your own)

(*Non-MSU students are not required to attend meetings and will be sent a summary of meeting discussions through e-mail)



To participate in this program you must download, print and complete the following forms.


Bring all the following forms to first meeting:


Health Insurance Minimum Form



If you have been accepted into the program, please download and review the following health and safety documents--no need to print these out--there will be copies at the first meeting

             MSU COSTA RICA HANDBOOK 2014 (I will have a copy for you if you don't want to print this out)

             General Costa Rica information (PDF, 454 KB)

              Safety and Security (PDF, 81 KB)

              Jet Lag (PDF, 117 KB)

              Food and Beverage Precautions (PDF, 84 KB)

              Insect Protection (PDF, 29 KB)

              Traveler's Diarrhea (PDF, 262 KB)

              Safety Advice

            Emergency Contact information- Costa Rica and MSU





If you are on Financial Aid, take the following documents for determination of your award:

          Financial Aid Budget- Costa Rica 2014

          Financial Aid Form for Study Abroad 2014

          Financial Aid Supplemental Form Study Abroad (will be updated)

Packing Recommendations

Advice about what to pack for your time abroad.

**Mandatory meeting for travel safety-you must attend one of the available health and safety meetings.

 Contact MSU Student Health for information




Academic Program
Explore Costa Rica, a place where cloud forests, beaches, rivers and volcanoes provide a backdrop to Universidad Veritas. This exciting MSU summer program at Veritas is starting it's 7th year in 2014 and allows students to take Spanish 101, 102, 201, 220, 323/324 or medical Spanish classes as well as one of two other courses: Costa Rican History and Culture and Health Care Professional course that compares Costa Rican health care systems to the U.S.  There is also a possibility for students to enroll in Film if there is enough interest.

All programs include practical, hands-on experiential learning. Pick the course that fits your interests and major! Just think: Spending 5 weeks in Costa Rica studying and living with a local family will allow you the time to really get to know the amazing diversity of landscape, people, and culture.


Click here to view a video from the 2011 summer program group in Costa Rica


Click here for on-site staff information-Veritas University




Typical Day

Morning: Choose a Spanish Class--(click on course to see syllabus)


Afternoon: Choose a theme course (3 MSU credits; field trips included with each)

(click on course to see syllabus)


*NEW*: 1st weekend Excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, included in cost of 



Optional Day/Weekend Excursions:

  • San Jose City Tour
  • Jungle Canopy Tour
  • Turtle Island Tour
  • Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Tour
  • Cable car through the Rainforest (Braulio Carillo National Park)
  • Weekend Beach Excursions
  • Volcano and Cloud Forest Reserve trips
  • River Rafting
  • Bungee Jumping

Financial Aid
The full cost of this program, including airfare, may be used in calculating financial aid. Students considering financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office immediately. Non-MSU students should contact their University's Office of Financial Aid to request a Consortium Agreement for study abroad programs through MSU.  You can download and print the Summer Programs Financial Aid Information Sheet (14KB) in Acrobat (PDF) format. Visit the MSU Financial Aid Office web site at:   Click here to view and print the most updated financial aid budget for this program.  You should take this form with you to Financial Aid to help determine your disbursement.


Program Payment Information

Montana State students will be charged by MSU Student Accounts according to the standard paperless billing system. To view your bill, please go on-line to:

  • Click on My Info
  • Click on Enter Secure Area
  • Login using your student ID and your PIN
  • Click on Student Services
  • Student Records
  • Web Bill/Attendance Confirmation
  • Choose the appropriate term

Non-MSU students will receive a bill from the Montana State University business office and will send payment to that office at:

102 Montana Hall

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT 59717

Phone:  (406) 994-2701

Note: There is also a possibility that all Non-MSU students will be able to make full payment online.  Information on online payments coming soon!

MSU will bill you for the balance of the tuition ($3600-$200=$3400) and you will be able to go on-line to pay. I will inform you when the bill is ready. Once you pay the tuition and program fee, it is non-refundable.

Refund Policy

The $200 deposit for the program is non-refundable as of the application deadline of mid-February.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at the Program Handbook.


Packing Recommendations

Advice about what to pack for your time abroad.

Health and Safety Information

Before departing for your summer program, please review the following health and safety guidelines:

               MSU COSTA RICA HANDBOOK 2014

              General Costa Rica information (PDF, 454 KB)

               Safety and Security (PDF, 81 KB)

               Jet Lag (PDF, 117 KB)

              Food and Beverage Precautions (PDF, 84 KB)

              Insect Protection (PDF, 29 KB)

              Traveler's Diarrhea (PDF, 262 KB)

               Safety Advice

Additional Information
For additional information about this program, contact: