Semester Exchange

ULACIT – Costa Rica

Institution: Universidad LatinoAmericana de Ciencia y Technolgia —

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica —

Discover Costa Rica at ULACIT

The Latin American University for Science and Technology, ULACIT, is a bilingual university located in San José, Costa Rica. It offers 53 undergraduate and 42 graduate programs in the Schools of Engineering, Information and Communication Technologies, Film and Animation, Art and Design, Business Administration, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Located in San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, ULACIT attracts international students and faculty. Within walking distance to San Jose’s main attractions, including the Central Park, National Theatre, National Museum, The Supreme Court, Congress Building and Central Bank, ULACIT is surrounded by museums, shopping centers, and restaurants. Transportation from campus is available in both public and private modalities, providing convenient access to the rest of the country.

Website: http://www.ulacit.ac.cr/

 

Study Dates Application Deadline
January – April 2020 January 15, 2019
May – August 2020 June 28, 2019
September – December 2021 October 30, 2019
January – April 2021 January 15, 2020
May – August 2021 June 28, 2020
September – December 2021 October 30, 2020
January – April 2022 January 15, 2021
May – August 2022 June 28, 2021
September – December 2022 October 30, 2021

All students are required to attend the New Student Orientation which takes place on:

  • January 13 – Spring Term (Jan-April)
  • May 12: Summer Term (May-Aug)
  • September 8: Winter Term (Sept-Dec)

Orientation sessions take place during the first week of classes. They include: informative talks on school services and student life, community interaction (banking, mobile phones, transit system) and Costa Rican culture session, campus and city tour, course registration details, Blackboard training, introduction to the Ambassadors Program (dance classes, activities with student clubs, welcome reception and tour, among others).

  • All exchange students are expected to attend all the orientation and welcome activities.
Language Requirements:

ULACIT is a bilingual school offering courses in both English and Spanish.

Students coming to ULACIT are encouraged and expected to take the Spanish Language Immersion Program as it significantly contributes to their socio-cultural experience in Costa Rica. The program includes 7 levels from introductory to advanced. Students are placed in a course according to the results obtained in the online test and the personal interview conducted before their arrival.  Students from Niagara College receive a special rate of $550 (field trip included). The Spanish courses offered each last for six weeks. Students can enroll in two levels each term. These are semi-intensive courses; thus students will be expected to dedicate ten hours of class interaction per week during those six (6) weeks. Students may also choose to take a tutorial course.

Tuition & Academic Fees:

Students will pay their regular Niagara College tuition. Students are not required to pay tuition fees to ULACIT, however they will be required to pay:

  • Registration Fee – $200
  • Grade Transcript – $88
  • Welcome package – $200

Students coming to ULACIT are encouraged and expected to take the Spanish Language Immersion Program as it significantly contributes to their socio-cultural experience in Costa Rica. The program includes 7 levels from introductory to advanced. Students are placed in a course according to the results obtained in the online test and the personal interview conducted before their arrival.  Students from Niagara College receive a special rate of $550 (field trip included). The Spanish courses offered each last for six weeks. Students can enroll in two levels each term. These are semi-intensive courses; thus students will be expected to dedicate ten hours of class interaction per week during those six (6) weeks. Students may also choose to take a tutorial course.

 Accommodations:

ULACIT’s central campus does not offer traditional student residence (on-campus dorms).

Exchange students are required to live with a local host family (Homestay Program). The Global Education Office (GEO) works with a number of host families in San Jose who have welcomed international students into their homes for years. Each home has been carefully selected by ULACIT program administrators to ensure comfort and safety for international students.

For more information on the homestay please use this link: http://www.ulacit.ac.cr/international/base.php?id=ip_homestay

Homestay Fees: $3000 for 16 weeks – $188 for each additional week

Visa:

Students coming for 1 or more academic terms must request a student visa at the closest Costa Rican embassy/council. This provisional visa will allow the student’s entrance to the country; however, the consolidation of it must be finalized within 30 days after their arrival at the immigrations office once in the country.

For the most up to date visa information for Canadian Citizens please use the link below or speak with an immigration advisor.

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/costa-rica

 Work Permit:

Students on exchange cannot apply for a work permit but they can enroll in internship programs.

PAYMENT TERMS

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*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

TRIP DESTINATION
Costa Rica

Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email studentaccounts@niagaracollege.ca and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at beworldready@niagaracollege.ca on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to beworldready@niagaracollege.ca
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
 
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.
 
 

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email beworldready@niagaracollege.ca a copy/photo.

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