Universidad Veritas is a university located in the Zapote neighborhood of San Jose, Costa Rica. Veritas is known for its global mindset and focus on sustainability and interdisciplinary studies. Students have the opportunity to live in Zapote or surrounding neighborhoods in the largest city in Costa Rica - as well as the transportation hub for all Costa Rican destinations. Getafe, the most populated and industralized city in the Madrid metropolitan area or directly in Madrid, a welcoming, cosmopolitan city with a pleasant climate and internationally renowned cultural and artistic sites.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application AND departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Programs are divided into several areas: intensive Spanish language courses, integrated studies with Costa Rican students in the Art, Design and Architecture Departments, and English-Spanish taught courses in different major fields including Architecture, Art, Communications, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Global Affairs,
The academic calendar runs shorter than a typical semester at Mason (12 weeks)
Spring Semester: early-January - late-March
Fall Semester: late-September- mid-December
Course registration takes places through an online system that opens 1-2 months before the beginning of the semester. Students wishing to take courses taught in Spanish must first take a proficiency exam through Veritas.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Veritas. A full-time course load is 12-16 Veritas credits. A typical course is worth 3-4 Veritas credits.
- 1 Veritas Credit = 1 Mason Credit
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Universidad Veritas.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Students will have the option to live with host families arranged through Veritas or you can find your own accommodations through third-party housing providers.
Host families is one of the best ways for students to experience and immerse themselves in Costa Rican - or "Tico" - culture. Host families provide a private room for students as well as breakfast and dinner seven days a week. All families live within walking distance from campus. See Veritas Housing
for more information.
Program Cost (2021-2022):
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (Mason and Veritas
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Transcripts: An unofficial copy of your Mason transcript is required during the first stage of the application process.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.