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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 programs in the summer and semesters in San Jose, Costa Rica. 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

Sponsored by API - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

API has multiple tracks during the semester and summer. All programs with Universidad Veritas. Each tracks has unique SPN language requirement. Summer options include 1, 2, and full summer options.

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

Students will pay $75 application fee, $19/wk overseas insurance, and a $600 affiliated studies registration fee to UT Austin. Students pay an application and program fee (tuition, housing) to API. See provider website for more details. Federal financial aid and scholarships apply for full-time summer (6 credits)/semester (12) enrollment.


- Spring
  • Program: January 6, 2024 to May 4, 2024
  • Instructional: January 6, 2024 to May 4, 2024
  • Final Deadline: October 15, 2023
- Summer Whole
  • Program: May 25, 2024 to August 10, 2024
  • Instructional: May 25, 2024 to August 10, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2024
- Fall
  • Program: August 24, 2024 to December 14, 2024
  • Instructional: August 24, 2024 to December 14, 2024
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2024

Application Code


Program Coordinator

Alex Schnurpel

Additional Resources

Program Website
Peer Evaluations
Make an Appointment

Next Step

1) View mandatory advising videos: Explore: Education Abroad 101. Attend a live EA Q&A to ask questions. 2) View the Ready to Apply video. 3) Self-authorize your application via the Get Started link below and apply! PC: Alex Schnurpel. Find advising videos, Q&A events at

Program information above is subject to change