Program Details

Spend your summer in Costa Rica, investigating issues of biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Build your field research skills while exploring the country’s extensive network of national parks and protected areas.
Location:
Atenas, Costa Rica
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Spend your summer in Costa Rica, investigating issues of biodiversity conservation and sustainability. Build your field research skills while exploring the country’s extensive network of national parks and protected areas. Hone in on a sustainability-related topic through an extensive field research project – design your research question, collect data, and present your results to your peers and key community stakeholders.

Program highlight:

  • Explore national parks in the Central Pacific lowlands, where lush rainforests, white sandy beaches, and mischievous primates attract multitudes of visitors – as well as a host of conservation challenges.

SFS students live and study at the Center for Sustainable Development Studies. The Center is an active organic farm overlooking the vibrant Central Valley, where green is the predominant color as far as the eye can see. Dorms and classrooms intermingle with orchards and gardens, while Center dog Hera keeps watch over it all. The friendly town of Atenas is a 10-minute cab ride away, offering restaurants, shops, parks, and cultural events.

Cost:
5690 USD. Includes room and board, activities, ground transportation, and courses. Does not include airfare.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
18 years of age; 2.6 GPA
Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
SFS awards more than $650,000 in need-based financial aid each year. Aid packages are usually a combination of scholarships, grants, and loans. All students are eligible to apply for SFS need-based financial aid.

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