Universidad Santa Paula

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1. General Description

Universidad Santa Paula is strategically located in Lomas de Ayarco, Curridabat, few minutes away from San José downtown. Our campus is surrounded by beautiful green areas that inspire both students and faculty to continue pursuing their personal and professional goals and impacting our communities.

All our undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs are committed to human development and social responsibility as we focus our efforts and academic strategies to mold independent, innovative, productive and solidary professionals. We are regionally renowned, in Central America and the Caribbean, as a pioneer, specialized and leading university in the most needed areas of health sciences.

Passionate students can grow with us in the areas of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Therapy, Audiology, Pre-hospital Medical Emergency and Rescue, Early Childhood Stimulation, Palliative Care and Senior Citizens Assistance.

2. International Programs

Students from all over the globe can enroll at our university by simply following our admission’s process. Degree-seeking students need to speak Spanish fluently or enroll full-time at our Spanish program. Our majors are:

  • Undergraduate
    • Physical Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Audiology
    • Pre-hospital Medical Emergency and Rescue
  • Graduate
    • Physical Therapy with a concentration in Sports Rehabilitation
    • Physical Therapy with a concentration in Neurological Rehabilitation
    • Physical Therapy with a concentration in Functional Rehabilitation of Senior Citizens
    • Early Childhood Stimulation
    • Palliative Care and Assistance
    • Audiology
  • Short-term Experiences

International Clinical Experiences: in-field sessions in nursing homes, public schools and specialized pediatric, geriatric and orthopedic clinics.

Service Learning and Community Outreach Programs: supervised practical interventions in vulnerable communities. Projects and activities focus on prevention, health and quality of life promotion.

Experiential Learning: learning through human contact and direct interaction with persons with different disabilities and special conditions.

Inter-professional/Inter-disciplinary Missions: groups of students participate in a set of scheduled activities in order to learn how we restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence (scheduled itinerary includes workshops, observational visits, supervised field interventions, classes and activities at USP). These groups may or may not be led by a professor from a foreign institution.

Team-building and Leadership Training: provides a dynamic space where cooperation and synergy takes place. Participants learn to identify their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. Our main objective “Human Development”.

Student Exchange: students can spend an academic term or a year taking classes at our university. Students from both partner and non-partner universities can apply. Specific requirements apply in each case and proficiency in Spanish is required.

Learn more about our short-term programs by vising our webpage in the International Cooperation section.