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San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is a diverse, cosmopolitan city surrounded by mountains. San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica and the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation.

API offers two programs in San Jose, Costa Rica. Students can choose to study development, community engagement, and health through the International Center for Development Studies(ICDS). Alternatively, students can study business, arts/design, biology, history, sustainability, Spanish and more at Veritas University.

During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized excursions, which are included in the price of the program. API also organizes social and cultural activities.


Area(s) of Study

  • Art History
  • Design
  • Iberian And Latin American Lan
  • Public Health
  • Business Administration
  • Developmental Studies
  • International Business
  • Radio-Television-Film
  • Communication
  • Environmental Science
  • International Relations And Gl
  • Sociology
  • Communication Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish
  • Community And Regional Plannin
  • Health And Society
  • Liberal Arts
  • Studio Art
  • Cultural Studies
  • Humanities
  • Marketing
  • Visual Art Studies

Sponsored by API - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

API has multiple tracks during the semester and summer. All programs through either the International Center for Development Studies or with Universidad Veritas. Each tracks has unique SPN language requirement. For UT, Summer tracks must be at least 6 weeks long. Not all programs meet this req.

Language(s) of Instruction

English and Spanish


Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - Yes


Students in San Jose live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture. Students may be housed with other API or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Students are provided with two meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

API program costs will vary based on the track you choose and the duration (semester or summer). API offers scholarships, as does UT. You must refer to the API website for a detailed listing of program dates and fees. NOTE, only summer programs with a duration of 6 weeks or longer are approved.

Program Dates:

- Spring
  • January 2, 2021 to April 30, 2021
  • Final Deadline: October 1, 2020
- Summer First
  • May 23, 2020 to August 8, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2020
- Fall
  • August 29, 2020 to December 19, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Peer Evaluations

Next Step

1) Attend 'Explore Latin America' info-session for summer OR semester programs. See website for dates and locations. 2) Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss credit. 3) Attend Ready to Apply session with Eli Klosterboer. Further instructions provided at Explore session. 4) Complete Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation.

Program information above is subject to change