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May 05th, 2021


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Semester Abroad
San Jose, Costa Rica
Located in Costa Rica’s capital city San José, ULACIT provides students with numerous opportunities to further their education in a vibrant and diverse setting. ULACIT is a bilingual university offering thirty-two undergraduate and fifteen graduate programs taught in Spanish in engineering, business, advertising, psychology, and education while offering coursework taught in English for students majoring in Business Administration and International Relations.

ULACIT has been identified by the QS World University Rankings for three consecutive years as the best private university in Central America. In 2004, the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce conferred upon ULACIT the Education Award, considering it the educational institution which had, in the past five years, demonstrated the highest academic quality among all academic institutions in the country. ULACIT was nominated for the same award again in 2009.

One of Latin America’s safest cities, San José provides students with an array of cultural and recreational opportunities from its many theatres to its various museums of Pre-Columbian gold, Costa Rican Art, and Contemporary Art and Design.
ULACIT makes its top-of-the-line facilities available to all international students, including access to fully-equipped computer labs with access to the Internet, use of high-tech multimedia equipment, cafeteria and student lounge areas, library, dental clinic, printing and copying center, student health center, and in-campus wireless connection.

For academic success, the university also offers:
- 24-hour access to the E-learning Platform “Blackboard”
- Access to a wide range of academic articles through EBSCO
- Online access to the library’s catalogue
- Academic, cultural and social activities “Sellos Verdes”
- Wi-Fi access throughout university premises

The Global Education Office (GEO) invites all exchange students to be part of the many events it organizes throughout the year: international fairs, food contests, dancing lessons, cultural workshops, recreational trips, and Spanish language lessons or tutoring (when requested). ULACIT offers students from all majors, interests, and nationalities the opportunity to join one of its 21 student organizations in order to promote student leadership, creativity, and global understanding as they interact with and learn from other students. ULACIT Student Clubs (including the dance club, drama club, environmental club, interactive-language club, international club, among others) organize different cultural, artistic, recreational, social, and informational activities where both local and visiting international students develop a general awareness of the reality of the country and the world. The international students are welcome to participate in any of the ”Sellos Verdes” series, which are conferences or workshops often organized by the Student Clubs.
Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:
Become immersed in Costa Rican culture through a homestay, while studying Business or International Relations courses in English.
Explore one of Latin American’s younger capital cities with a thriving, international population.
ULACIT has been recognized as the best private university in Central America by the QS Latin American Rankings for six consecutive years.
Program Fees
Tuition & Academic Fees
Standard HPU rates to be paid to HPU.
Local rates to be paid to ULACIT, housing office, or landlord.
Meals are self-catered.
Health & Safety Plan
At the time of publishing, the rate is estimated at $325 per semester, to be paid to HPU.
Additional Expenses
Students will be responsible for all travel, immigration, and personal and other expenses.
San Jose, Costa Rica
Applications are due during the spring semester prior to the study abroad term.
Fall Semester Study Abroad:
- September through December
- Application Deadline: March 1

Spring Semester Study Abroad:
- January through April
- Application Deadline: May 1
2.75 GPA & Sophomore Status
Office of Global Education, Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Academic Information
ULACIT offers coursework taught in English for students majoring in Business Administration and International Relations. Visit ULACIT's course catalog for information on courses available for study. Generally speaking, courses at ULACIT are worth 3 credits (or 6 ECTS), unless otherwise specified (typically noted as a number, e.g., "4", next to the course title). ULACIT credits are equated 1:1 with HPU credits (ECTS credits 2:1 with HPU credits).

Note: this program is not designed for students majoring or minoring in Spanish; however, one Spanish language course can be taken at an additional cost of $495 (not part of the exchange).
Credits Information
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.