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The spring ACM Field Research program in Costa Rica provides an opportunity for independent, self-designed research in students’ major fields, with orientation from topical experts. In addition to a Spanish language requirement (one year or more), studen
Location:
San Jose, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
The ACM Costa Rica: Field Research program has given students a privileged window onto these developments since the program’s founding in 1964. Based in San José, only blocks away from the Universidad de Costa Rica, the program takes full advantage of the resources and scholars of that institution, while reaching out to local and international NGOs and investigators throughout the country to facilitate student research in science and the humanities.

The spring ACM Field Research program in Costa Rica provides an opportunity for independent, self-designed research in students’ major fields, with orientation from topical experts. In addition to a Spanish language requirement (one year or more), students are expected to come into the program having begun work in their major and having some background in research methodologies in any major, from the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences.

Setting Description:
Costa Rica presents unusual opportunities for students of tropical biology and ecology. Situated between North and South America, the country is home to abundant plant and animal life from both continents. Costa Ricans also face many of the same questions confronting small nations throughout Latin America and the developing world, such as defining the role of government in combating poverty, providing education and public services, and conserving biodiversity.

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