About the Costa Rica: ULACIT Program
The Spanish language is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide and is one of the fastest growing languages in the world. About half the population in the Western Hemisphere speaks Spanish, and Mexico and almost all countries in Central and South America speak Spanish as a primary language. Here in the US, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language. The US is the 5th largest Spanish-speaking country in the world with almost 40 million speakers.
Because of this, every day in the U.S. and the rest of the world, there are more opportunities for those who are fluent in English and Spanish. The ability to speak both Spanish and English will continue to become more and more valuable to employers and graduate school admissions counselors. Whether you're looking to gain an edge in the workplace, in academia, or if you simply have an interest in communicating more globally, it is clear that developing a fluency in Spanish will help you in innumerable ways.
ULACIT (Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología) is a bilingual university located in Barrio Tournón, within walking distance to downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. ULACIT offers fifty-six undergraduate and forty-eight graduate programs in the fields of engineering, business, advertising, psychology, dentistry, education, and law. Moreover, ULACIT is the only private university in Central America to be included for five consecutive years in the ranking prepared by QS World University Rankings 2011-2016. It also ranks first place overall in the categories, ''Reputation with employer'', and ''Faculty Staff with Ph.D.''.
Multiple media confirm ULACIT’s prestige; among them it can be mentioned:
- Estrategia y Negocios (edition 130) considers ULACIT as one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America.
- Revista Summa, Edición 241 mentions ULACIT as one of the top 20 universities in Central America.
In comparison to other private universities in Costa Rica, employers prefer ULACIT engineers, business graduates, and English-speaking professionals (Revista EKA, edition 298.) In 2004 and again in 2009, the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce conferred upon ULACIT the Education Award, while considering ULACIT the educational institution which had, in the past five years, demonstrated the highest academic quality.
ULACIT’s undergraduate programs in business, accounting, information systems, and law are accredited by Sistema Nacional de Acreditación de la Educación Superio (SINAES), the officially recognized accrediting body in Costa Rica, for which ULACIT is a founding member. SINAES is accredited by the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education and the Central American Accreditation Council (CCA)
ULACIT is also a member of the Latin American University Network, by invitation from the INCAE Business School. Due to its academic prestige, American universities such as California State University-Fullerton, Babson College, Pepperdine University, University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and Fairleigh-Dickinson University have signed international cooperation agreements with ULACIT, among many others..
Check out these videos that provide an excellent idea of student life in Costa Rica!
General video about ULACIT for International students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W728BYP_Kxc
Exchange video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anKS_OhTV4Q
Internships in Costa Rica Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHpPpV1-NjY
Visit the city website: www.visitcostarica.com
The Brockport Costa Rica Program offers you the opportunity to:
Study in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, at the best private university in Costa Rica,
Receive instruction in small classes,
Improve your Spanish written, oral and research skills,
Fully integrate yourself into Costa Rican society.
Your experience on the Costa Rica Program will:
Introduce you into Costa Rican society and culture,
Make you a multicultural, more proactive and open-minded student,
Expand your outlook on the world,
Build your self-esteem and self-confidence,
Greatly enhance your career prospects,
Improve your foreign language skills tremendously.
In Costa Rica, you will:
Live with a Costa Rican family,
Receive a comprehensive on-site orientation, which will maximize the benefits of your semester of study in the country
Benefit from a program of social events, student clubs and co-curricular and recreational activities,
Enjoy the security of a complete package of academic and non-academic support services provided by ULACIT
Housing & Orientation
Participants live with local families. Living with host families will give you:
- Airport pick-up (the date of your arrival)
- Guided assistance on the public transportation and route you will be using to travel from your home to ULACIT and back (first day of classes or prior to the beginning of classes)
- Private room
- Shared or private bathroom (upon availability)
- 3 meals daily (while at home)
- Use of the kitchen and laundry room
- Access keys to the house
- Linens throughout your stay
- Internet access
- Airport drop-off (the date of your departure)
Prior to the start of classes ULACIT will hold an orientation session that will introduce participants to the academic and student life in Costa Rica. ULACIT’s welcome package will include
(included in cost of program)
- Welcome orientation session
- ULACIT’s welcome gift
- Campus tour
- EpC & SL (ULACIT’s methodology) and learning platform (Blackboard) Cultural Immersion Workshop “More culture, less shock”
- City tour with Costa Rican typical lunch and Costa Rica’s map
- Latino dance lessons
- Recycled-art workshop
- Weekly Spanish conversation sessions “Fun chats”
- Welcome reception with ULACIT Ambassadors Program “ULACIT Buddies”
- Recreational welcome tour with transportation and lunch included
- ULACIT Buddies coaching and monthly activities
- Recreational welcome tour with transportation and lunch included
- Farewell activity with ULACIT Buddies program
Fees for the Brockport Costa Rica: ULACIT Semester Program
Budget Sheet for the Undergrad Program (Fall 2016)
(Estimated Semester Cost for NYS Residents); $9,022.50
(Estimated Semester Cost for Non-NYS Residents)
(Estimated Spanish Immersion Cost for NYS Residents); $9,022.50
(Estimated Spanish Immersion Cost for Non-NYS Residents)
Budget Sheet for the Undergrad Program (Spring 2017)
(Est. Semester Cost for NYS Residents); $8,879.80
(Est. Semester Cost for Non-NYS Residents)
(Est. Spanish Immersion Cost for NYS Residents); $8,879.80
(Est. Spanish Immersion Cost for Non-NYS Residents)
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Program Acceptance Fee
- Various Campus-specific Fees*
- SUNY International Health Insurance*
- Pre-departure Orientation Materials
- On-Site Orientation Program in Costa Rica
- Home-stay Housing (2 meals a day on weekdays and 3 meals a day on weekends)
- Airport Pickup and Drop-off
- San Jose City tour
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services
- Welcome Package (see above)
- Airfare to/from Costa Rica
- Travel while in Costa Rica
- Some Meals
- Personal Expenses
The actual amount that you will spends depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees. Please be sure to check with the Financial Aid Office at your home school. If applying or receiving financial aid, you will need to give the Financial Aid Office (at your home school) a copy of your acceptance letter and budget sheet.
*Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
**The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
International students have the opportunity to take courses with Costa Rican students in more than 69 different majors; this means over 50 courses available to international students.
Spanish-taught courses are limited to high-intermediate or advanced levels of Spanish proficiency as determined by ACTFL proficiency standards.
Undergraduate Programs at ULACIT
- Business Administration
- International Business
- Organizational Behavior
- Advertising and Multimedia Production
- Law with concentrations in:
- Tax Law
- Business Law
- Criminal Law
- Teaching of English as a Second Language
- Industrial Engineering with concentrations in:
- Quality Management
- Manufacturing Systems
- Operations Management
- Occupational Health with a concentration in Industrial Safety
- Information Systems Engineering with concentrations in:
- Technology Resources Management
- Software Engineering
- Network and Telecommunication Systems
Students who are interested in preparing for the global business realities of the 21st century can enroll in the Internship Experience.
The Internship Experience allows students to earn credit and gain international experience, thanks to the partnership between ULACIT and leading multinational corporations and small and medium enterprises in Costa Rica. Students work on real-world projects whose success depends on their intellectual and practical application of key business concepts.
Service Learning at ULACIT
It is an educational methodology that combines classroom learning and community serving processes in a whole articulated project; participants are given the opportunity to raise social and environmental awareness, and receive real-life training by working on genuine needs of the social context with the aim of improving it. This teaching-learning method educates people in lifelong civic awareness, civic engagement, reflective thinking and interpersonal skills like leadership, teamwork, communication, and negotiation skills.
Besides helping out at local organizations, students attend group sessions at ULACIT’s campus to analyze the experience, integrate the concepts and theories studied in context, and reflect critically on those elements, the overall situation and possible solutions.
Sustainable Development in Rural Areas
A service learning program is now available to those who are willing to contribute to the development of the families and communities surrounding La Marta Wildlife Refuge. Such program involves training local leaders and families in sustainable development and environmental conservation practices.
Some of the projects students may collaborate with are:
Construction and maintenance of interpretative or protection trails.
Training on, maintenance and cleaning of fields which are being reforested with native and commercial species.
Cooperation with the activities and needs of the Ecological Youth Group of Pejibaye.
Promotion of sustainability by identifying other environmental problems, proposing possible solutions (that range from hands-on tasks to strategic advice).
Social Community Development
Students will be interacting within local communities with different public or non-profit, non-governmental organizations with the purpose to see firsthand the community’s needs, expectations and strengths.
Participants in this course will be working on different tasks at these organizations several hours a week; they will be able to see firsthand the processes by which they respond (or not) to community needs, identify both the strengths and weaknesses of the programs they have and relate them to the theoretical contents of the course. One of the main goals is to gain insight as a critical perspective is acquired through reflection and understanding.
Additional to these programs, students at ULACIT can join the following student organizations if they want to learn more about other ways to contribute to society and do service learning: Civic House,CamBio (the environmental club), Wellness Club (the Health Promotion Club); the Entrepreneurship Club; and the Interactive-Language Club (English tutors club).
As participants will be in direct contact with members of the local community it is important to highlight that students need to have at least a functional level of Spanish (A2). ULACIT will offer a session on Costa Rican basic Spanish tips and will also provide international students with information on opportunities to interact with ULACIT students and guides during all the morning service activities. Afternoon classroom activities will be held in English.
Dates & Deadlines
Fall 2018: September 10th- December 21st, 2018
Spring 2019 (est.)- January 15th- April 27th, 2019
Important note: Please do not book your travel arrangements until you have received the official Travel Memo from your program advisor.