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Summer Term I 2023

What makes Pathfinder different?

Pathfinder Costa Rica uses a three prong approach to differentiate from the average study abroad program. By traveling and living abroad, you will be able to identify unhealthy life patterns and most importantly, get guidance on how to create new habits and stick to them. Cross-cultural immersion leads to more complex mindsets, increased creativity, and mental resilience.  The Path-Finding Guidance Model, "Sustainable Lifestyles: 9 dimensions of healthy living" course, and the Adventure Excursion have been designed to create space for self-care, self-exploration, and self-discovery. These three features work in tandem to create a study abroad experience with intention.

  • Meet with a life coach weekly as a cohort to process and reflect on your experiences.

  • Learn about yourself and how you can steer your life effectively by taking the Sustainable Lifestyles course.

  • Find clarity and explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica on our included adventure excursion to Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs.


During the summer terms, the Sustainable Lifestyles course is not offered at Veritas. To ensure our students receive the benefits of this class, our students will be given the course material throughout their 7 week term by their life coach. Students process the material with their cohort and life coach during the weekly Path-Finding meetings.

Our study abroad program stands out with a customized approach that balances academic excellence with cultural immersion, supported by comprehensive resources and personalized attention for a truly transformational experience.

What's Included

The Pathfinder Costa Rica program fee includes all these great  features below. These features are designed to enrich and organize your experience pre-departure, on-site, and post-program. 

Tuition & Courses


Cultural Activities

24/7 Emergency Support

Official Transcripts

Centrally Located Housing

Path-Finding Guidance

On-Site Staff Support

Travel Medical Insurance

Airport Pickup/Dropoff


Wellness Activities

Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome Orientation

Program Details

Summer Term I 2023

San Jose, Costa Rica

Atenas, Costa Rica

May 27th - July 14th


Application Deadline:

April 15th, 2023





Up to 12

Required Education Level:

High School Graduate

Minimum GPA:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

All Levels

Application Requirements:

Unofficial Transcript

Complete Application

$90 Application Fee

Visa Requirements:

Student Visa Required

***Pathfinder helps you with the visa application process

Areas of Interest:

  • Agriculture

  • Architecture

  • Area Studies 

  • Art

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Business Administration

  • Communications

  • Ecology

  • Economics

  • Environmental Studies 

  • Fitness and Recreation

  • Foreign Language

  • Health Sciences

  • History

  • International Relations

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Multidisciplinary

  • Political Science

  • Psychology

  • Science

  • Social Science

  • Sociology

  • Spanish Language

  • Sustainability

Internship Paths:

  • Wildlife adventure

  • Spanish language intensive

  • Sustainable agriculture

  • Education & social work

  • Culinary arts & hospitality

  • Individualized path

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Iternship Paths


Veritas University

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About Veritas

Veritas University is an independent, private university located in the capital city San Jose. It is known as being the premier international university in Costa Rica, welcoming thousands of multinational students each year. 

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Why Veritas

For over 27 years, Veritas has developed their learning and services platforms to create the top Study Abroad program in Costa Rica based on best practices, academic integrity, and prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Veritas' Mission

Veritas is committed to offering innovative courses and programs to develop an interdisciplinary and sustainability-focused mindset. They provide a diverse and inclusive intercultural learning-platform for international students in pursuit of becoming leaders and service-oriented citizens in a changing, challenging, and diverse world.

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Veritas' Vision

Veritas aspires to become the top Latin American Sustainability, Conservation, and Human Development Study Abroad destination for international students committed to becoming active, equitable and inclusive environmental, social, political, and business leaders and mentors throughout their careers.

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Term Structure

Experience the beauty and culture of Costa Rica this summer with our 7-week study abroad program. Spend 5 weeks studying at Veritas University in San Jose and 2 weeks doing an internship in Atenas. ​ The summer semester at Veritas University will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new academic environment and learn from knowledgeable faculty in your chosen field. You'll be taking classes alongside international students, which will broaden your perspectives and challenge your beliefs. ​ Although the Sustainable Lifestyles course is not offered during the summer, you'll still receive the benefits of this class through weekly Path-Finding meetings with your life coach. You'll be given the course material throughout your 5-week term, and you'll be able to process and discuss it with your cohort and life coach. This will ensure that you get the most out of your study abroad experience. ​ The 2-week internship in Atenas will provide you with hands-on experience in your field and allow you to apply what you've learned in the classroom. You'll have the chance to work with professionals and gain valuable work experience, which will be a great addition to your resume. ​ Each 5 week term offers Spanish language classes as well as English taught electives. You may enroll in 1 to 3 courses per summer session. Students can choose: 1 Spanish course and 1 elective course 1 Spanish course and 2 elective courses 3 elective courses Advanced Spanish language students have the option to take 2 Spanish courses ​ Elective courses meet for a total of 48/60 contact hours and 3/4 credits each. Spanish courses meet for a total of 60 contact hours and 4 credits. Spanish language students are in class Monday - Friday for 15 hours a week.  ​ The language level that you enroll in will be determined by a placement test before your arrival as well as what course credits you need fulfilled at your home institution. Before coming to Pathfinder, it is imperative that students get multiple Spanish courses and elective courses approved by their home institution to ensure their credits transfer at the end of their studies.  ​ At the end of the 5 week term at Veritas University, students will select an internship path that interests them for the final 2 weeks in Atenas, Costa Rica. 


Summer Term I 2023 

With over 70+ elective courses taught in English and an extensive Spanish language program, Veritas has something for each student. Click the documents below to view the course offerings and descriptions.

Course Offerings
Course Descriptions
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Live with a local Costa Rican family to improve your Spanish and immerse in their culture.

What's Included:

  • Private bedroom​

  • Shared bathroom

  • Weekly laundry

  • Daily breakfast and dinner

  • Located within walking distance of campus

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Independent Living

Independent living is not included in the program fee and must be arranged independently. We highly encourage students to opt for homestay accommodations to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and enhance their study abroad experience.


Experience the cultural richness and bio-diversity of your host country by embarking on our exciting excursions designed to immerse you in the local lifestyle and landmarks.


Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs

3 Days

*Included in Program Fee

On this trip, you will have the opportunity to explore the majestic Arenal Volcano and its surroundings, where you can marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the towering mountain, hike through the lush forests, and witness the abundant wildlife that calls the area home. In the evenings, you can relax in the warm mineral-rich hot springs and soak in the natural goodness of the waters that are known to have therapeutic benefits for both body and mind. But the trip is not all about relaxation. You will also have the chance to experience the thrill of outdoor adventures such as zip-lining and white water rafting. And when you visit La Fortuna, you will be immersed in the town's colorful culture and rich history, where you can explore the local markets and taste the flavors of authentic Costa Rican cuisine. Throughout the trip, you will be accompanied by experienced guides who will share their knowledge of the area and help you discover all that Arenal and La Fortuna have to offer.


Manuel Antonio Beach & National Park

3 Days

*Not Included in Program Fee

An excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park and beach in Costa Rica is a unique opportunity for students to explore one of the most beautiful and diverse natural areas in the world. The park boasts lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and a wide variety of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, and hundreds of species of birds. The excursion will include a guided tour of the park, a hike through the jungle to the beach, and some free time to relax and soak up the sun. It will be 3 days filled with adventure, discovery, and memories that will last a lifetime.


Poas Volcano & Doka Coffee Tour

Day Trip

*Included in Program Fee

A day trip to Poas Volcano and an organic coffee farm in Costa Rica is a chance for students to experience the unique natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region. The Poas Volcano is an active volcano with a crater lake and scenic hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The coffee farm tour will provide a hands-on experience of the coffee-making process from crop to cup, including a guided walk through the plantation, a demonstration of traditional coffee-making techniques, and a tasting of the delicious, organic coffee. This day trip will be a combination of adventure, education, and enjoyment, offering a glimpse into the rich culture and natural beauty of Costa Rica.


Mt. Chirripo

4 days

*Not Included in Program Fee

Located in the Talamanca Mountains, Mt. Chirripo is the highest peak in the country and is known for its incredible views and diverse landscapes. Students will embark on a multi-day trek to the summit, which involves a strenuous hike through cloud forests, alpine meadows, and subalpine regions. Along the way, they will learn about the unique flora and fauna of each ecosystem, including rare bird species and other wildlife. They will also gain insight into the cultural and historical significance of the area, as they pass through indigenous communities and witness the natural beauty of the region. At the summit, students will have the chance to admire breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The experience is both physically and mentally challenging, but also an unforgettable opportunity for students to push their limits, connect with nature, and deepen their appreciation for the diversity of life in Costa Rica.


Bocas del Toro, Panama

5 days

*Not Included in Program Fee

The excursion at Bocas del Toro, Panama is a perfect opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the vibrant culture and natural beauty of this Caribbean island paradise. The excursion begins with a visit to the iconic Red Frog Beach, known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning views. From there, students will embark on a guided tour of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, where they will explore the lush tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, and diverse wildlife of the area. In addition to the natural wonders, students will also have the opportunity to engage with the local community and learn about their unique customs and traditions. They will visit a traditional indigenous village and learn about the local culture and history from the residents. They will also visit local markets to sample the delicious local cuisine and shop for handmade crafts. The excursion will also include snorkeling and scuba diving excursions, allowing students to discover the incredible underwater world of Bocas del Toro. With its vibrant coral reefs, schools of colorful fish, and diverse marine life, students will have the chance to observe and learn about the incredible biodiversity of the region. Overall, the excursion at Bocas del Toro provides a unique and enriching experience, offering a chance to connect with nature, engage with the local community, and learn about the vibrant culture and natural beauty of Panama.


Uvita Beach & Bellena National Park

3 days

*Not Included in Program Fee

The excursion at Uvita Beach and Bellena National Park is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore the beauty and biodiversity of Costa Rica. Students will start their day with a visit to Uvita Beach, a picturesque and serene beach surrounded by lush tropical rainforests. They will have the chance to swim in the warm waters, sunbathe on the sand, and spot marine wildlife like dolphins and sea turtles. Next, they will head to Bellena National Park, an expansive park known for its diverse ecosystems, including primary and secondary rainforests, mangroves, and swamps. Students will hike through the park, learning about the unique flora and fauna, as well as the important role that the park plays in conservation and sustainability. The excursion will give students an immersive experience in tropical ecology and an appreciation for the natural beauty and diversity of the region.

Time to Study Abroad with Intention

Take the first step towards a life-changing adventure and apply now for your study abroad experience!

Have any questions? Please contact us below!

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