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Summer Term II 2023

Program Details

Summer Term II 2023

San Jose, Costa Rica 

Atenas, Costa Rica

July 8th - August 25th


Application Deadline:

April 30th, 2023





Up to 12

Required Education Level:

High School Graduate

Minimum GPA:


Foreign Language Proficiency:

All Levels

Application Requirements:

Unofficial Transcript

Complete Application

Visa Requirements:

No visa required

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:

  • Animal Sciences: Farms, veterinary medicine, wildlife refuges, aquariums, etc.

  • Health Sciences: Physical therapy assistant, medical assistant (doctor or paramedic)

  • Fitness: personal trainer assistant, gym assistant 

  • Food: Chef’s assistant, bakery, café

  • Nature / Agriculture: Coffee farms, nurseries & gardening, organic agriculture, beekeeping, etc.

  • Teaching English (to kids, adolescents, or adults)

  • Mechanics of cars or motorcycles

  • Technology: Computer repair or software programming

  • Construction, welding or carpentry

  • Real estate, marketing, advertising

  • Psychology, education & social work

  • Radio broadcasting or journalism

  • Art gallery, museums or crafts

  • Lawyer / legal assistant

  • Data management, business administration

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Iternship Paths

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. 

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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