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  • Locations: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: May Term
  • Budget Sheets: May Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term 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
Click here for a definition of this term Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:

Life Science in Costa Rica 


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.

Natural History & Biodiversity, BLY 490 (3 credits)
Life Sciences II, BLY 102/102L (4 credits)
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 2019 program is $3,499. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all USA student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. THIS IS THE OIE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH JAGSPOT.

Program cost includes all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers and taxis 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 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. 

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. A program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 22, 2019.  Final payment deadline is April 8, 2019. 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 is fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the application deadline of February 22, 2019.
Financial aid and scholarship money 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 2019. 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 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.