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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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:

USA Biology in Costa Rica: Alternative Spring Break 

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
Day 1: Arrive in Costa Rica! 
Check into hotel. Welcome dinner

Days 2,3,4: Montserrat, Coronado 
Collaborate with local community on issues of environmental awareness and the development of a model sustainable program. Enjoy biodiversity from 1700 meters above sea level and participate in local activities such as milking, bird watching, and hiking in the cloud forest. 

Day 5: Sarapiqui
Students will participate in the exciting exploration of the rainforest by night. 

Day 6: Sarapiqui

Visit the La Selva Biological Station; a farm dedicated to experimentation on mixed plantations for the improvement of natural resources management. 

Day 7: La Fortuna 
The village of La Fortuna is close to the Arenal Volcano and offers attractions like hot springs, waterfalls, adventure tours, and hanging bridges through the rainforest. 

Day 8
Depart for U.S.

Program Costs:
$2,900, with $500 scholarships available for the first six applicants!
Program includes, housing, breakfast, lunch, dinner, transportation in-country, airfare, and international health and emergency insurance.

Payment Schedule and Deadline:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than January 8, 2018. The first payment is due January 22, 2018 and final payment is due February 9. 2018.  Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the online 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 will be fully refundable if participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of January 8, 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 spring 2018. 

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 


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.