Experience Costa Rica, home to rainforests, volcanoes, rushing waterfalls, and a laid-back culture that reflects the national motto: “Pura Vida.” Explore the country’s many diverse parks, farms, and reserves to learn how Costa Ricans have balanced conservation and development issues.
|Location||Atenas, Costa Rica|
|Term||Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||School for Field Studies|
|GPA||2.8 for semester, 2.6 for summer|
|Student Type||UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Course descriptions and full syllabi are available on the program page of SFS' website.
Sustainable Development Studies: Explore Costa Rica's many diverse parks, farms, and reserves to learn how Costa Ricans have balanced conservation and development issues. Wrap up the semester in the field, collecting data for a research project that will help inform future sustainability efforts.
You will enroll in five courses for a total of 18 credits:
Session I: Biodiversity and Sustainable Food Systems: Using coffee and chocolate as case studies, explore the relationships between food systems, ecology, conservation, and sustainability. Learn how different agricultural techniques have the potential to restore biodiversity and combat climate change. (SFS 3141: Coffee, Chocolate and Sustainable Development, 4 credits)
Session II: Fundamentals of Sustainability Research: Investigate issues of biodiversity conservation and sustainability in Costa Rica’s vast network of national parks and protected areas – the perfect natural laboratory. Hone your research skills in the field as you design and conduct a research project, collecting data and presenting your results to members of the community. (SFS 4930: Applied Research Techniques and Strategies Toward Sustainability, 4 credits)
SFS grants admission to programs on a rolling basis as long as space is available, so there is no application deadline. You are welcome to apply for programs up to one year in advance of the program start date. Early submissions are strongly encouraged as some programs fill to capacity.
The in-person orientation takes place on a Friday afternoon towards the end of each semester for students departing in the upcoming term(s). You will receive specific details for the date/time/location of the in-person pre-departure orientation as it gets closer.
Find your Affiliate program fee
UofM students on SFS programs receive an automatic fee reduction of $3,000 for semester, $600 for summer sessions 6 or more weeks in length and/or sequential summer programs, and $300 for summer sessions 4 weeks in length. UofM students can also take advantage of SFS's financial aid, in the form of scholarships, grants, and zero- or low-interest loans.
Add International Health Insurance
Multiply the number of months you will be away by $45.
Subtract Affiliate Fee Reduction
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Based on these additional services and benefits, the total program fee may be higher than the affiliate's published program fee.
Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||See the School For Field Studies website for term options|
|Program Name||School for Field Studies|
|Track Name||See the School for Field Studies website for track name|
Submit to School for Field Studies:
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.