The International Criminal Law program in Costa Rica provides Australian Law students the opportunity to examine Costa Rica’s legal system in depth, whilst being completely immersed in local culture! This dynamic program includes topics such as the Costa Rican legal and judicial system; the abolition of the military; crime rates analysis; firearms regulations; and the challenges of law enforcement. Students will also visit the Judicial Investigation Organisation and Supreme Court of Justice; the National Police Academy; and penitentiary centres to complement the academic content learnt in class.

Along with the academic side of the program, students will also embark on some incredible weekend trips that take full advantage of the beautiful environment Costa Rica has to offer. Visits to the breathtaking Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio National Park are included in this amazing program!

Additional Course Information

*This program is in the final stages of development – information may very slightly*

The following topics are expected to be covered whilst on the program:

  • Costa Rica’s legal system
  • Costa Rica’s judicial system
  • Judicial Investigation Organisation (Organismo de Investigación Judicial)
  • Crime rates in Costa Rica
  • Law enforcement and the abolition of the military
  • Firearms regulation
  • Challenges in law enforcement
  • The Ministry of Justice and Peace
  • Huma Rights
  • Costa Rica’s efforts to comply with current international legislation
  • Comparative analysis of Costa Rica & Australia

University and Faculty

Universidad Veritas

VERITAS was founded in 1975 as a college of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, the first private university in Costa Rica. Shortly thereafter, Universidad VERITAS became an independent university and has since grown to become one of the most highly recognized private universities in the Latin American community. Not only is Veritas fully accredited by the Costa Rican Ministry of Education, but it is also a member of the College Consortium for International Studies and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. With more than 1,000 students, it is located in the eastern part of the city, ten minutes from downtown San José and only one kilometer from the Casa Presidencial. The University offers bachelors and masters programs in Design, Communication and Sustainability and a great variety of cultural and artistic activities. The university is housed in an urban campus equipped with modern facilities, including computer labs, well-maintained library and cafeteria.


The Faculty


Site Visits and Cultural Activities

The following site visits and cultural activities are planned for the program.

Site Visits

  • Judicial Investigation Organisation and Supreme Court of Justice
  • Forensic Science Department
  • National Police Academy
  • Penitentiary Attention Center
  • Penitentiary Museum
  • Women’s Penitentiary Center

Cultural Activities

  • National Museum and Artisan Market
  • City Tour
  • Weekend trip: Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna
  • Weekend trip: Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Optional: tropical dance lessons

Note: the above visits and activities are subject to change.


You will be staying in a homestay for the duration of the program, and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided for you!

Destination Information

Costa Rica

Costa Rica, located in Central America exceeds one thousand kilometres of coastline and holds one hundred and twenty one volcanic formations, dividing the country into pacific and atlantic. Home to 4.1 million people, this country is one of the most valued environmental destinations with more than 100 protected forests and reserves to visit. It is mostly known for the extravagant rain and cloud forests, protected beaches, coral reefs and rivers. Unlike most of the world Costa Rica fails to have Summers and Winters, instead a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from May to November.


San Jose

San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and the economic, political and social centre of the country which, in the Spanish colonial era was mainly known for its tobacco and coffee production. Unlike the tropical coastlines of Costa Rica, the capital is a lively and animated mountainous city offering many activities and interesting things to do  such as shopping malls, cafes and markets. Attractions of the dense city accommodating around 2 million people involve visits to the Costa Rican museums, statues, landmarks and churches where visitors can learn about the history and culture of the diverse country.


Credit and Funding


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Course convenors will not be able approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus, so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive this in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack, along with information about how to apply for credit at your university.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6250+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, as well as in your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Application Information

Applications are now open for this program. Early application is recommended as places are limited.

We’ve included for your convenience below the initial stages of the application process.

1. Apply online
2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results
3. We’ll review your results and application and if you are eligible, will invite you to an initial consultation by phone with an advisor.
4. You’ll pay our $40 application fee and book in your phone consultation with an advisor.
5. The phone consultation lasts about 15 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.
6. Once you return any necessary documents (which we’ll advise you of in the consultation), we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, we’ll send you your AIM Overseas acceptance pack.
7. Your acceptance pack will contain the course syllabus, steps on applying for credit and funding, and an invoice for the program deposit. Your place is secured once you’ve paid your deposit.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

Students who wish to apply after the official application closing date (15th September) are required to email or call us directly on (02) 9975 7792. Please note, that late applications are subject to a $100 late fee (inclusive of the $40 phone consultation fee). For more information, please refer to the AIM Overseas Late Application Fee Document.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.