Latin University of Costa Rica

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Latin University of Costa Rica (Spanish: Universidad Latina de Costa Rica), commonly called ULatina, is the largest private university in Costa Rica, with more than 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Social Sciences. The University is accredited by the National Council of Higher Education (CONESUP) (Spanish: Consejo Nacional de Educación Superior).

The university has two main campuses: Campus San Pedro, that is located in San Pedro, in San José, which is located in the central area of private and state universities; and Campus Heredia (former Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica) which is located in the city of Heredia. The university also has 10 regional offices located throughout Costa Rica: San José, Grecia, Palmares, Puntarenas, Cañas, Santa Cruz, Guápiles, Limón, Pérez Zeledón and Paso Canoas.

History Campus San Pedro[edit]

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica was founded in 1979 as the “Collegium Latinum”, being part of the Autonomous University of Central America (UACA), Costa Rica's oldest private higher learning institution. The Collegium separated from UACA ten years after its foundation, becoming a separate university.

On November 29, 1989, it was recognized as a university of higher education by the National Council of Higher Education Private University (CONESUP) in the session 146-89.

Since then the University has been known for its academic commitment at the different courses offered to become the largest private university in the country. In 2005 it was acquired by Pro-Education Consortium, until June 2008 it was acquired by the network of private universities, Laureate International Universities, opening a new outlook of opportunities for university students, with a prestigious global network to continue graduate studies.

History Campus Heredia[edit]

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (former Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica) was founded in 1986 at that time with 28 students in Business Administration, later implementing technical careers and undergraduate levels.

In 1997 the university moved to its new and current campus in Heredia. Since 2004 the school has been owned by the Laureate International Universities. In 2007, expands its facilities in Mercedes Tower on Paseo Colon in San Jose downtown. Finally in 2010 the Universidad Interamericana de Costa Rica merges with the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica to form the new Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.


Universidad Latina de Costa Rica enrolls approximately 19,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. For undergraduate levels, students must have an High School Diploma granted by passing the national examinations by the MEP. Or its equivalent, but they must certificate their approval prior to enroll. This happens because Latin University of Costa Rica does not have an entrance examination. The university offers bachelor, licentiate, master and doctorate degrees.


The geographical coverage of the university, is expanded thanks to the integration of both campuses. It is present in 7 provinces with 10 regional offices, and 2 main campuses in Heredia and in San Pedro, San José.

Regional Offices of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica:

  • North Pacific, in Santa Cruz and Cañas, Guanacaste.
  • Central Pacific: located in the central county of the province of Puntarenas.
  • South Pacific, in San Isidro del General and the City of Paso Canoas in the province of Puntarenas.
  • Atlantic: in Turrialba, Guápiles and the central canton of the province of Limon.
  • North West: in Palmares and Grecia.

Accredited Degrees by SINAES[edit]

The Universidad Latina de Costa Rica currently holds six official accredited degrees that have been accredited by the National Accreditation System for Higher Education (SINAES):

Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in:

  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • International Trade

Bachelor's in Public Relations

Bachelor's and Licentiate in Industrial Engineering

Bachelor's in Computer Systems Engineering

Bachelor's in Hospitality Management

Bachelor's and Licentiate in Nursing

In August 2016, the university officially presented its plan and commitment to make all degrees accredited by 2021.

Undergraduate Degrees[edit]


  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Social Work
  • Psychology


  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Advertise with major on:
Creativity and Media Production
Advertising Strategy
  • International Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Communication
  • Media Production


  • Systems Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Technology for Business Management
  • Network Engineering and Telematics


  • Hotel Business Management
  • Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • Biology with major in Ecology and Sustainable Development
  • Tourism with major on Hotels and Restaurants


  • Special Education with major on:
Emotional Disorders
Communication Disorders
Mental Retardation
Speech Therapy, Speech and Voice
Education I and II Cycle
  • Education with major on
Integration for Students with Disabilities
Computer Education
  • Bilingual Preschool
  • Computer Science Education
  • English Teaching
  • Educational Administration


  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration with major on:
Human Resources
International Trade
Financial Institutions
Development of Your Own Company


  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electric Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Electromechanical Engineering
  • Design and Interior Decoration

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