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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Class Status: 1 - freshman, 2 - sophomore, 3 - junior, 4 - senior
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Area of Study: Biology
Program Type: Study Abroad, USA Faculty-led Minimum GPA: 2.25
Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:

Life Science in Costa Rica 

Costa Rica Group _Mata 2016

Program Overview:
Costa Rica is a small country with many national parks and conservation units throughout its territory aimed at protecting its biodiversity. Therefore, you are presented with a unique opportunity to observe and learn biology while immersed in natural settings such as lowland rain forests, cloud forests, dry tropical forests, and coastal habitats. By observing tropical nature and wildlife and associated biological phenomena you will understand their role, and appreciate their importance, in global issues and human activities. Costa Rica is a country with no army and whose citizens claim to be among the happiest in the world.
 
Accommodations and Meals
All accommodations for the program are included in the program cost.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided every day.
 
Tentative Program Itinerary
To Be Determined 


Courses:
Students will take Biology 102 AND Biology 102L for a total of four credit hours: 
BLY 102 (3 hours): Life Science II, taught by Dr. Mata
BLY 102L (1 hour): Life Science II: Laboratory, taught by Dr. Mata
Students not currently enrolled at USA must complete application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program.
 
Program Costs:
The cost of USA in Life Science in Costa Rica May term 2018 program is $3,450. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first 8 students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program.

Program cost includes all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers and taxes for those who arrive on the assigned day and time, accommodations and meals as described above, specified museum or visit entrance fees, and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Tuition for four (4) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip. The program cost DOES NOT include international airfare. However, the Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance. 

All meals, other than specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs based upon individual spending habits. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase.

Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018.  Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
 
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.

Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.

For additional information contact:
Dr. Juan Luis Mata
Department of Biology
jmata@southalabama.edu 
 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May Term 2018 02/28/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2018 05/23/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.