During the CIS Australia July in San Jose program, you will be studying at one of Central America’s best private universities – Universidad Veritas. Located in the heart of vibrant San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, you will be able to experience the following:
  • World-class location – The urban capital of San Jose offers students the best of both worlds! From museums and pre-Columbian culture to live music, a butterfly garden, colonial architecture, colourful markets and live theatre – you won’t be short of things to do!
  • Magnificent landscapes – To the north of San Jose, tranquil Heredia hosts Braulio Carillo National Park and Barva Volcano, two of the region’s greenest and most beautiful outdoor offerings.
  • Classes with international students – Your fellow students will come from many countries around the world.
  • Study Spanish in Costa Rica – Study Spanish abroad at any level with local professors. Use your Spanish in the markets, restaurants and salsa classes of San Jose, and you’ll really learn the language.
  • Perfect location – You’ll be just minutes from the heart of San Jose, so you can easily explore the city, as well as the stunning nearby national parks, scenic mountain villages and relaxed beach towns that make Costa Rica famous.
  • Awesome classes in English – Study the Costa Rican health care system, ecotourism, human rights in Latin America, cultural photography, history, human rights, communications, management, politics, international relations, leadership and international economic integration in Latin America, all in English.
  • Great excursions – A day trip and a weekend excursion with your fellow international students are offered during the program. Take a city tour, wander through the local markets and try some exotic tropical fruit as you explore the rain forest for the perfect summer abroad in Costa Rica.


Fields of study

  • Spanish Language
  • Humanities
  • Business
  • Health Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Science

You can contact Global Experiences for course syllabi or CIS Australia for specific information on your program of interest. More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the CIS Australia website.

Credit equivalent 

3 - 4 credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 3 - 4 credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact CIS Australia for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the short-term experience eligibility criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by CIS Australia. 

Both the 4-week and 5-week program impacts on UQ semester 2, 2020 dates, UQ students must meet the additional special conditions for programs that impact on teaching dates.

CIS Australia programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

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Program fees range from $4,999 - 6,499 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the CIS Australia website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by mid-May if they are eligible for travel grants and scholarships awarded by the Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your global experience.


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the CIS Australia website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 March 2020
End: 15 April 2020

Program Dates

4 Week

Start: 4 July 2020
End: 1 August 2020

5 Week

Start: 4 July 2020
End: 8 August 2020

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad​
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Credit: For-credit and not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.