Academic Policies

System of Grading and Credits

The system of studies at ULACIT is project-based, with no traditional exams. Learning´s grounded on inquiry, research, case studies, problem-solving and service-learning experiences, under the Teaching for Understanding (TfU) framework, developed by Harvard University’s Project Zero. 

Our academic system covers three levels of studies: undergraduate (bachelor’s degree), graduate (licensed degree) and post-graduate (master´s degree).

The first level, undergraduate studies (bachelor´s degree), takes four years to complete and requires students to obtain 125 US credits or 250 ECTS credits. 

The second level, graduate (licensed degree), represents a continuation of the undergraduate degree, under Costa Rica´s higher education model, in order to become a licensed professional. This degree takes between 1.5 to 2 years to complete 60 US credits or 120 ECTS credits. 

The third level, post-graduate studies (master’s degree) serves the purpose of deepening or expanding the graduate’s competences in the chosen field relevant to their professional practice, with a duration of 1.5 to 2 years to complete 62 to 66 US credits or 124 to 132 ECTS credits. 

International students the opportunity to enroll in ULACIT’s regular degree courses. Students can choose between three and five subjects per academic period, each course consisting of forty-five contact hours. At the end of the program, students will receive an accredited transcript of grades.

Credit Transfer

Official certification of study and grade transcripts awarded at the completion of study programs. International students who successfully fulfill course requirements will receive the corresponding credits according to the amount of contact hours of each course taken and approved. Students should obtain written authorization from their respective institutions prior to enrolling in our courses as a prerequisite for the transfer of credits to academic programs hosted outside of Costa Rica.

Please take into account that ULACIT’s transcripts will only be sent to your home university directly. Please allow a maximum of 90 days after your program end date for your home school to receive ULACIT’s official transcripts.

Academic Dishonesty

ULACIT promotes the highest ideals and most rigorous standards for academic pursuit, as well as individual learning achievement.  This is why students of this institution are expected to conduct themselves honorably inside and outside of the classroom, and strictly avoid any misconduct such as fraud or plagiarism.

Under ULACIT´s Student Code of Conduct committing fraud includes the following actions;

  • obtaining information of previously applied examinations from other students;
  • allowing someone else to copy from another exam or work;
  • falsifying any type of information;
  • plagiarizing
  • forging bibliography;
  • using written copying aids or unauthorized references;
  • using designs or projects drafted by other individuals;
  • obtaining unauthorized assistance in graded assignments or
  • having someone else do the work for you (including having someone take a test or any other academic activity for you).

All sources should be cited, using the American Psychological Association Style. Plagiarism includes literally copying phrases, sentences, paragraphs or entire pieces of text extracted, whether from written material, Internet and other sources, without quoting the author properly; paraphrasing without quoting the source; or using a piece of work or a project for two or more assignments.  Students must refer to the «Student Regulation Regime» to understand the grave consequences that ensue from acting dishonestly.

Language Placement Evaluation

Students enrolled in our Spanish Immersion Program will take a one of seven Spanish language courses according to their results on a language placement test taken on the first day of class.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory to all sessions and classes will begin punctually.  A 15-minute late arrival after class starts is considered an absence. Two tardy arrivals over 10 minutes are equivalent to one absence.  With three unjustified absences, the student automatically fails the course.  Every absence must be formally justified with the professor.

For more information, please contact the Global Education Office at studyincostarica@ulacit.ac.cr or call (506) 2523-4140