Located in Costa Rica’s capital city San José, ULACIT provides High Point University students with numerous opportunities to further their education in a vibrant and diverse setting. 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 is a bilingual university offering thirty-two undergraduate and fifteen graduate programs in engineering, business, advertising, psychology, and education. It has been identified by the QS World University Rankings for three consecutive years (from 2011-2014) 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.
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Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (population: 1 million)
University: Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) (students: 4,100)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa information: Please visit the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington, D.C.’s website for more in formation on the student visa.
ULACIT offers coursework taught in English for students majoring in Business Administration and International Relations. One Spanish language course can be taken at an additional cost of $495. Note that this program is not designed for students majoring or minoring in Spanish.
Please find more information in the course catalog.
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.
Students studying abroad at ULACIT live with a Costa Rican family in a homestay. Each home has been carefully selected by program administrators to ensure comfort and safety for international students. Welcoming families speak Spanish, and while some families also possess a command of the English language, they are encouraged to help students enhance their foreign language skills in the home. Therefore, understanding the importance of always trying to speak and practice Spanish as a way to effectively communicate and share with others is a significant characteristic of any student coming to study and live in Costa Rica.
The homestay program includes:
Students are able to receive three meals a day at their homestay. They are also permitted use of the family’s kitchen.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
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:
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.
For more information, visit the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.